A unique exhibition addressing the need for sustainable development as well as the power of an individual to bring about positive change opened here today. The exhibition 'Seeds of Hope: Visions of Sustainability, Steps toward Change' was inaugurated by Director CSIR-National Botanical Research Institute, S K Barik. In his keynote address, Barik said, "Poverty is that crucial factor that blocks the spread of peace and social justice. Poverty alleviation is, therefore, the most important responsibility before us.
Each of us should confront this misery head on in order to establish an interconnectedness with all life. This way we will ensure sustainable development and peaceful environment management." Prof Sushil Kumar, Head, Centre for Business Sustainability, Indian Institute of Management (IIM) Lucknow, appreciated the efforts of Bharat Soka Gakkai in organising the exhibition which showcases individuals from around the world who have taken up the challenge to bring about change. The exhibition emphasised that sustainability was not only about protecting the environment, but also about ensuring social justice and peace. The exhibition has been organied by Bharat Soka Gakkai (BSG), the Indian affiliate of the Soka Gakkai International (SGI), a UN-recognised organisation working for peace, culture and education. BSG Chairperson Vishesh Gupta said, "The 'Seeds of Hope' exhibition takes us on a journey of courage and hope." The exhibition encourages viewers to overcome feelings of powerlessness and highlights the fact that a single individual can initiate positive change.
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