July 24, 2009

IPCC Chair Dr. Pachauri leading the way in climate change

Alleviating climate change is estimated to have significant costs, but Dr. Rajendra Pachauri, head of the Nobel Peace Prize winning United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), has affirmed that appropriate actions now would bring higher gains to balance the costs. According to Dr. Pachauri, a longtime vegetarian himself, one effective source of such favorable changes is reduced meat consumption.

Dr. Rajendra Pachauri (M): It’s a ready and quick way in which we can cut down on emissions, particularly when a lower meat diet has much greater health benefits than eating anything else. As I always tell people, if you eat less meat you will be healthier and so will the planet.

VOICE: Many other leading scientists agree.

Dr. Dale Jamieson - Director of Environmental Studies at New York University, USA, Vegetarian (M): Reducing our meat production is the probably the single most effective thing that individuals can do immediately to reduce their greenhouse gas impact. For a long time, this message hadn’t gotten out. But it’s now starting to get out for many reasons. One reason is because the president of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change is a vegetarian and he’s been making some strong statements lately.

VOICE: For his courageous efforts, visionary leadership and far-reaching care for public health, Dr. Pachauri was recognized withthe Shining World Hero Award from Supreme Master Ching Hai.

Dr. Rajendra Pachauri (M): I would like to salute Supreme Master Ching Hai for the remarkable efforts that she has mobilized across the planet to create a sustainable future for the human race and all beings who live on this planet.

And I want to also convey my thanks for this award which I’ve been given. I accept that in all humility, and I hope all of us can work towards a sustainable green and nature friendly future, because we really don’t have a choice. So thank you again Supreme Master, I salute you for all that you're doing...and I hope I have the privilege of meeting you sometime. Thank you very much.

VOICE: Congratulations Dr. Rajendra Pachauri and our heartfelt thanks for your tireless efforts to ensure global survival and wellbeing. We convey our gratitude also to Supreme Master Ching Hai for her encouragement of brave endeavors for the planet.

With Heaven’s blessings, may we all soon unite in the veg circle to enjoy our life-giving, unique Earth together.

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