The Uru Chipaya have survived throughout the years on the edges of a Bolivian salt desert because of water supplied by the Lauca River. Now, global warming-related drought has caused the river to dry up. Mr. Juan Condori of the Uru Chipaya said, “The Chipaya could cease to exist within the next 50 years. The most important thing is water. If there is no water the Chipaya have no life.” Bolivian President Evo Morales has stated that his government will partner with indigenous peoples at this year’s upcoming climate change summit in Denmark to advocate more strongly for developed countries to limit their greenhouse gas emissions.
We pray for the protection of the Uru Chipaya and other indigenous peoples through these urgent times. Let us work together in adopting truly sustainable lifestyles to ensure the survival of all humankind.
In an international seminar on August 20, 2008, Supreme Master Ching Hai once again expressed her concern and explained how a global shift to a vegan diet could actually restore fresh water supplies and other natural resources to the Earth.
August 20, 2008
Supreme Master Ching Hai: Meat consumption is the one that takes away all things. Water, cereals, and the vegetable protein, up to 85 percent of it. So, it’s taking away a lot of the world resources. And water, 70 percent of it. So even if we don’t shower, we don’t brush teeth, it amounts to nothing when they don’t stop eating meat. We’re going to damage this planet. The resources will be running out. It’s already running out.