Aquatic life in danger due to drying rivers. As the region continues to face extreme drought, data shows that water levels in Australia’s Murray-Darling Basin linger at just 16% of capacity, nearing record lows. Meanwhile, the water’s acidity is on the rise, causing countless fish to lose their lives in the shallow rivers off the Murray. People have also been affected, with the loss of crop irrigation causing growers sacrifice businesses and homes. Even drinking water is at risk, with dry conditions increasing the chance of algal blooms that would contaminate this key resource of many small towns.
We pray for the resiliency of the Australian people as they endure these difficult times. May the balance of Mother Nature return as we all step in unison to adopt sustainable and planet-friendly lifestyles.
During an August 2008 videoconference with our Association members in Sydney, Australia, Supreme Master Ching Hai once again expressed her concern for the fragile state of our ecosphere and, as in other occasions, reminded of the government and media’s role in helping address the root cause and only solution for global warming.
Supreme Master Ching Hai: The governments of the world already are aware of the dire situation of our planet. So I hope they will act as soon as possible and on time, to save themselves, as well as the people.
Supreme Master Ching Hai: Especially it’s up to the government and the media to help to alleviate the situation. If they don’t turn into the compassionate way of life, then I don’t know what else to do.
Supreme Master Ching Hai: The law of cause and retribution has to take place, no matter we like it or not. There is no escape from that. And we are trying to let people know this, to remind them the law of universe. To remind them of their true great compassionate, loving Self, and now it’s up to people. I wish I have a magic wand and wave it around and hoop-la, everybody become vegetarian, planet is saved. But it’s not like that. They have to awaken themselves. They have to practice compassion. Then the compassion will beget compassion; love will beget love.