Sea levels predicted to rise to catastrophic levels. During this week’s gathering of some 2,000 participants at the International Scientific Congress on Climate Change in Copenhagen, Denmark, revisions in anticipated sea level rise were among the concerns expressed by scientists. The latest figure, which accounts for quicker warming oceans and a faster-melting Antarctica and Greenland, now anticipates what could be more than a one meter rise before the century’s end. More than 600 million people could be affected by the submergence of lands such as the US state of Florida and island nations like the Maldives, with an additional number who would be more vulnerable than ever to natural disasters such as storms and floods.
Supreme Master Television was present to speak with the participants, where scientists indicated that present human efforts could and must be faster.
Dr. Rajendra Pachauri – Chair of United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), VEGETARIAN (M): We have an enormous amount of inertia which we should be aware of. And that only requires us to take much more vigorous action to bring about change.
VOICE: Political leaders present at the meeting joined in the scientists’ call for urgent change.
Connie Hedegaard - Danish Climate and Energy Minister (F): If we don’t act now, we will stay hostage to outdated energy systems. If we don’t act now, we risk catastrophic changes to our climate causing destabilizing conflicts, and massive migration of refugees due to water and food shortages in many parts of the world. And consequently, if we don’t act now, we ultimately bring our natural security in danger
VOICE: We are grateful to the scientists and leaders from countries worldwide for revealing these critical insights on the perilous state of our planet. Let us quickly take heed and make the necessary eco-adjustments to save our beautiful and irreplaceable world.
In her response to panelists during the live videoconference for the SOS! International Seminar on Global Warming in Seoul, Korea in May 2008, Supreme Master Ching Hai likewise urged for rapid action, while reminding us of the priority we must place on our food choices.
The SOS! International Seminar on Global Warming Videoconference with Supreme Master Ching Hai
May 22, 2008 – Seoul, South Korea
Supreme Master Ching Hai: We have to change. We have to. That’s the only way we can save ourselves and the planet, and the whole world and all the beings in it. Otherwise, even if we dig a hole into the mountain or under the ground to stay away from the sun’s heat, or we go up in the mountain to avoid the sea rising, there are other calamities that will be coming our way. We should move faster and take more actions. Vegetarian diet – number one. Green energy – number two. Everybody work together to be frugal, and protect the environment and the animals. It’s not that difficult. It’s just the habit that we have to change, that’s all.