July 2, 2009

Potential tsunami puts millions at risk along the Mediterranean coast

According to the World Disasters Report by the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies, the lack of an early warning system in the area renders it highly vulnerable to damage and loss of life. The risk of such disasters as hurricanes, cyclones and tsunamis has been found to increase due to climate change.

Mr. Peter Rees-Gildea, a disaster expert from the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies, said, 『If you look at population density along the Mediterranean coast and the topography and what could happen with a major tsunami, the figures are self-evident. It would be absolutely catastrophic.』

Many thanks, Mr. Peter Rees-Gildea and International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies, for your thoughtful assessment and timely warning.

Our prayers for the continued safety of those in the Mediterranean region and that our return to a kinder, gentler existence meanwhile minimizes dangers such as these.

Ever concerned for humanity’s welfare, Supreme Master Ching Hai addressed global warming and its grave prospects during an April 2009 videoconference in South Korea.

Supreme Master Ching Hai: It is true exactly as you have said that we are facing a very serious situation.

However, the most effective effort that can be made by any country to avoid further catastrophe, whether natural or manmade, is to promote a compassionate, noble lifestyle. Not only does this benefit the planet in its reduction of greenhouse gases, but being veg opens up land and delivers crops to humans that were previously being grown for animal feed.

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