Sri Lanka’s marine treasures endangered. Environmentalists in southern Asian countries such as Sri Lanka report that the unsustainable use of marine resources is leading to the devastation of coral reefs, marine turtles, mangroves and more. Although illegal, activities such as coral mining, collecting turtle eggs and catching turtles are still widely practiced in some regions. Furthermore, trawlers who drag the sea bottom along with other non-sustainable activities are contributing to the rapid decline of marine life, sea grass beds, coral reefs and mangroves, creating changes that greatly upset the region’s ecosystem.
We share the environmentalists’ sense of deep alarm and pray that everyone begins now in truly caring for all beings on the Earth that we share. May Buddha bless the Sri Lankan people and their marine co-inhabitants with a green ecosphere always.
In a July 2008 videoconference with dignitaries and guests at the "Heart-Touch Tour" exhibition in Formosa (Taiwan), Supreme Master Ching Hai responded to concerns about how to resolve the current plight of our ecosystems.
Heart-Touch Tour of the Supreme Master Ching Hai: Eden on Earth Arts Gallery Exhibition
Formosa - July 5, 2008
Supreme Master Ching Hai: We should have more rules, more guidelines, to protect our natural habitat because sometimes we overlook the long run effect. We just see the immediate benefit or gain and we forget that in the long run, if we carelessly build or damage or interfere with nature, then the consequence is very, very detrimental to ourselves and to the planet, just like what we are facing right now. Above all, enlightenment is really what’s needed to govern. That’s number one. And vegetarian diet with right motive, number two. We offer more compassion and insight. Also we help preserve precious natural habitat for the wilds and protect the resources for humans.