Reporting at their 31st annual end-of-winter survey, US-based organizations National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) and the National Snow and Ice Data Center (NSIDC), stated that over 90 percent of Arctic sea ice is now only one or two years old, with only 10 percent being older, thick ice. This is in contrast to the 1980s, when the thicker ice that lasts two years or longer made up 30 to 40 percent of the total ice cover. This year’s cover is thus not expected to last the summer season. Moreover, as less and less ocean is covered by the sunlight-reflecting ice, more heat is absorbed, leading to further changes in climate and ecosystems. Already, summer temperatures in the Arctic have increased as much as nine 9 degrees Fahrenheit more than predicted by the United Nations Intergovernmental Panel for Climate Change (IPCC). As stated by Dr. Walt Meier of the NSIDC: “We're in a very precarious situation.”
Our appreciation, National Aeronautics and Space Administration, the National Snow and Ice Data Center, Dr. Meier and colleagues for this vital information about the grave condition of our ecosphere. We pray that more leaders and individuals respond with actions of compassion to safeguard the existence we share with all beings on Earth.
Supreme Master Ching Hai has emphasized numerous times that we must first be veg to have enough time to save the planet. The following is an excerpt from Supreme Master Ching Hai’s July 2008 discussion via videoconference with Supreme Master Television staff in California, USA.
Videoconference with Supreme Master Ching Hai
Supreme Master Television staff California, USA July 31, 2008
Supreme Master Ching Hai: Right now, even if we already produce the new technology yesterday, we still don’t have enough time. That is the urgency of our planet. Even if technology is already available, we don’t have enough time. Because it’s not CO2 that is the most troublesome, it’s the methane from animal raising, and it is also the hydrogen sulfide.
And moreover, nature also produces CO2 in some form. And also from the Arctic seabed and from the permafrost. We can’t win. We can’t win if we wait for technology. I just hope they don’t wait for technology or anything else, except vegetarian diet. That’s all we have to rely on now, vegetarian diet, the compassionate lifestyle. Spare other’s lives, then you will beget life. Like attracts like. This law never fails.