Presenting the 2009 Walter Orr Roberts Distinguished Lecture during the Conference on World Affairs held at the University of Colorado, USA, Dr. James Hansen, respected climatologist and Director of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration’s Goddard Institute for Space Studies, spoke of the urgency of addressing climate change. Regarding the current state of atmospheric greenhouse gases, he noted, “We have already passed into the dangerous zone.” Dr. Hansen went on to say that if such gas emissions are not reduced immediately, “We would be sending the planet toward an ice free state. We would … be creating a very different planet, and chaos for our children.”
In an interview with Supreme Master Television on March 19, Dr. Hansen offered two key preventative actions.
Dr. James Hansen – World leading climatologist, Chief of NASA Goddard Institute for Space Studies, USA (M): On a personal basis, perhaps the most important thing you can do is change your diet to a more vegetarian diet, because that is a major contributor to carbon, to not only carbon dioxide, but also methane and other greenhouse gases. You also have to put pressure on the politicians to address the coal issue. If we could do those two things, then the planet would be on much safer grounds.
VOICE: Our grateful thanks, Dr. Hansen and all brave scientists who are sounding the alarm about our need to act now in caring for the fragile environment. Let us heed your call toward swift actions to protect our only Earthly home.
In July 2008, the videoconference entitled “Climate Change International Conference” was held in West Hollywood, California, USA with experts on health, science and the media. Highlighting the endangered situation of our planet, Supreme Master Ching Hai called on all people to turn to most urgently needed solution of the animal-free diet.
Videoconference with Supreme Master Ching Hai
“Climate Change International Conference” July 26, 2008 – West Hollywood, California, USA
Supreme Master Ching Hai: So, I have only one solution, that is being vegetarian, and the sooner the better, and then everything else we will have time to take care. We will have time to develop different technology, we will have time to invent new cars, we will have time to tackle many other things that right now are not that urgent as the planetary warming. Because truly it might destroy the whole planet and we will all go. And this is still a very beautiful planet, it’s still repairable. So just one request: vegetarian diet.