Think and share Green wisdom

In Buddhism, human beings have an inseparable relation with the natural environment. The Buddhist concepts such as “dependant origination”, “True Aspect of All Phenomena” and “Oneness of the Living Being and Environment” explain the countless ties between life and the environment. To promote green wisdom from individual’s daily life, family, to schools, society and even the world is a mission of the SGI. It is also the responsibility of each and every “global citizen”, that is you and me.

For that reason, we have been organising various activities to nurture the growth of the green wisdom in Hong Kong. Photo exhibitions of SGI President Daisaku Ikeda with the theme of “Rendezvous with Nature” were held in 1988, 1990 and 1993. In June 2004, the Hong Kong SGI organised roving exhibition “A Dialogue with Nature” with China Polar Museum Foundation and the Environmental Protection Department of the Hong Kong SAR Government, showcasing photos taken by President Ikeda. We have long been passing on the message of nature and peace through the lens of photographers, to those who love humanity and nature. We hope people to realise the symbiotic and interdependent relationship between human and nature, and to protect this planet for the next generation.

Since co-organising the Earth Charter seminar with the Hong Kong Sustainable Development Forum and the Centre of Urban Planning and Environmental Management of the University of Hong Kong in January 2000, the Earth Charter Committee was set up within the Hong Kong SGI. A drama was created by the Youth Division in November 2003 to promote the concept of “anti discrimination”, “anti monopolization” of the Earth Charter which echo the Buddhist concept of “symbosis” and “interdependence”.

Articles written by the Earth Charter Committee have been published in the official Hong Kong SGI publication, New Century Monthly, since January 2002 to arouse members’ awareness of the importance and urgency of sustainable development.

In addition, we have established an environmental protection research centre in 1995 to promote research and educational work on environmental protection.