Exhibition sows the message of sustainability

01:48, May 13 2013

An international exhibition aimed at empowering individuals to improve their environment and community opened at Stadium 2000 on Friday night.

Caroline Harvey said Seeds of Hope was brought to Marlborough by the Picton branch of the Soka Gakkai International (SGI) lay Buddhist group which she founded 10 years ago.

About 40 people attended the opening, including school youth leaders, community group representatives, Marlborough Mayor Alistair Sowman and Green list MP Steffan Browning.

Mrs Harvey hoped school students would visit Seeds of Hope and think about its message of global sustainability.

Nine-year-old Yvette Williams, of Blenheim, took a look at the 12 panels at the weekend and said they made her think about environmental problems in the town like rubbish in rivers and how she could make a difference.

Her 12-year-old brother Isaac Park said his favourite panel was themed around a quote from Mahatma Gandhi: "You may never know what results come of your actions, but if you do nothing, there will be no results."


Their mother and SGI member Tracey Williams said the Marlborough community was already doing good things for the environment such as the Marlborough District Council Resource Recovery Centre, which diverted more than 3000 tonnes of material away from landfill each year.

"I think this exhibition will educate and inspire people to take up the challenge and make a difference," Mrs Williams said.

Mrs Harvey said SGI collated the exhibition with the United Nations to support the UN decade of education for sustainable development.

The exhibition will be at Stadium 2000 until May 19, moves to the Kaipupu shop in Picton from May 21 to June 10 then to Yealands Estate Wines from June 12 to 26.

To find out more phone 03 573 5379 or visit sgi.org.