On 25 and 26 February, the “Seeds of Hope & Action: Making the SDGs a Reality” exhibition was launched through three online events; two in English and one in Spanish. This exhibition, co-created by Earth Charter International (ECI) and SGI is the successor to the “Seeds of Hope: Visions of sustainability, steps toward change” exhibition that was launched in 2010. The exhibition, updated in 2020 to mark Earth Charter’s 20th anniversary, aims to inspire people to act as agents of social change and now includes the SDGs, a greater emphasis on climate change, and the Mapting app. It also features the stories of individuals from Bangladesh, the Marshall Islands, Lebanon, South Sudan, Mexico, and Brazil who are taking action and making change. Two of these individuals spoke at the launch events.
During the two English launch events, Sajid Iqbal, founder of the NGO “Change,” shared his initiatives to use rooflights and renewable energy sources to reduce energy consumption and greenhouse gas emissions. At the Spanish launch event, Mateo A. Castillo Ceja, a pioneering champion of the Earth Charter in Mexico, spoke about his efforts to promote the Charter there, and Alexandra Goossens-Ishii of SGI introduced the exhibition.
The launch events included small-group discussions where participants shared how they could turn conscience into action, and what their “seed” of hope and action was to make their community and ultimately the world a better place.