At the recent 2009 Annual Antarctic Conference in Auckland, New Zealand, Dr. Peter Barrett of the Antarctic Research Center at Victoria University said that Antarctic’s rate of ice loss had increased 75 percent since 1996. He went on to say that when Greenland and other glaciers are included in this evaluation, a rise in sea level of 80 centimeters to 2 meters by 2100 is expected. Marine life would also be adversely affected by the resulting warmer and more acidic oceans.
Another study conducted by fellow Antarctic Research Center colleague and Director, Dr. Tim Naish, found that if the West Antarctic ice sheet melts, sea levels could rise by a full five meters.
We appreciate this crucial information, Drs. Barrett, Naish and colleagues. May we quickly heed the urgent call for sustainable lifestyles to halt global warming and save our ecosphere.
Supreme Master Ching Hai has frequently expressed her concern about the dangerous rise in sea levels that is already affecting coastaland island countries. In an August 2008 videoconference with our Association members in New Zealand, she responded to a question about political leaders, conveying her confidence in governments to act on
behalf of fellow citizens.
Supreme Master Ching Hai: What encouragement can we give them to stand up and spread the message to the people to be vegetarian?
I think they will have to, in time. And I hope they do it soon, so that we still have
a chance to save millions, billions of people or the whole planet. What is the useof having economy or political power when everybody is dead?
Even if the leader is still alive, whom would he or she rule if there’s no citizen left? I am worried about your country; it’s a small island surrounded by water. And if the water level
rise then…I don’t want to talk about it.
But I’m sure your leader will realize it sooner or later, that survival is number one. Political position, economic power is number ten, very low, low, low, low down there. First we have to survive.