The European Space Agency (EPA) has announced that this vast shelf, which had separated from the Arctic Peninsula, is now beginning to break up itself. With a bridge connecting the Wilkins Ice Shelf to the Peninsula having already disintegrated on April 5, scientists are saying that these events represent the most severe polar ice casualty in two decades. David Vaughan from the British Antarctic Survey, said, "There is little doubt that these changes are the result of atmospheric warming on the Antarctic Peninsula, which has been the most rapid in the Southern Hemisphere."
European Space Agency and British Antarctic Survey scientists, we appreciate your careful observations alerting us of the Antarctic’s plight. With Heaven’s grace, may this trend be halted through our swift steps together in greater consideration of all beings.
During an August 2008 videoconference in Vancouver, Canada, Supreme Master Ching Hai once again conveyed her concern for our planet as she called on the public to reverse the damaging effects of global warming by quickly switching to the plant-based diet.
Videoconference with Supreme Master Ching Hai
Vancouver Center, Canada – August 24, 2008
Supreme Master Ching Hai: The time of disappearing of the ice means also the spelling of trouble for our planet. Of course it would be better if we already saved the planet before the ice melted. But as it is, we can only do the best we can and trying to inform everybody to save themselves by being vegetarian. If the ice melts quicker, then, of course, we have shorter time to save the planet. But nevertheless because people are joining the vegetarian diet, then we still can manage to save the world. Not complete, and not as much as we wanted if we have more time, but still better than nothing.