In the wake of global warming, sea levels are also increasing, placing islands such as of Formosa (Taiwan) in a precarious state. Dr. Fan Kuang-Lung of National Taiwan University’s Institute of Oceanography of has been examining the tidal levels of Formosa’s four harbors since in 1991, and has been noting their steady increase.
Dr. Fan Kuang-Lung, National Taiwan University, Institute of Oceanography, Formosa (M): In the recent 10 years, the average sea level has risen 3.2 centimeters. It may seem not so serious that the sea level is 3 centimeters higher over 10 years, but in fact, it’s very serious.
VOICE: A rise in sea level has direct impacts such as increased occurrence of damaging coastal erosion, with harm to wetland ecosystems and loss of land upon which countless people’s livelihoods depend.
Our sincere appreciation, Dr. Fan Kuang-Lung for your efforts to raise public awareness of the need to address these consequences of global warming. Let us all heed these alarming signs and turn to nobler Earth-conscious lifestyles.
In August 2008, during a videoconference with our Association members in Formosa, Supreme Master Ching Hai spoke about the grave state of islands such as Formosa, and urged that we avoid natural disasters through kinder care for the lives on the planet.
Videoconference with Supreme Master Ching Hai
Penghu Center Formosa (Taiwan) August 2, 2008
Supreme Master Ching Hai: Many people living on the islands are migrating to other countries and other islands because their islands are submerging and they can’t live there anymore. It’s not just affecting the fish, shrimp, and other sea creatures. It’s terrifying. It’s very scary. I just hope that people will wake up soon. Otherwise, this disaster is unimaginable.
You still need to continue to do your noble work, such as reminding people to be vegetarian, helping the Earth to reduce the killing karma.