Experts report that more than 1,000 lakes have vanished in the past 50 years, with an average of 20 that are now drying up annually. In Hubei province, once known as the land of 1000 lakes, only 34% of the total water area remains. In addition, more than 80% of the lakes along lower Yangtze River are affected by excessive algae growth, a condition associated with nitrogen runoff from livestock manure and pesticides that suffocates aquatic life. Although the government has allocated funds for clean-up, the researchers are advocating a halt to the discharge of such pollutants, including livestock production. Our appreciation, all Chinese scientists for alerting us to this disturbing change drying and pollution of the Earth's precious water bodies.
Let us quickly change this picture by switching to sustainable lifestyles that include the Earth-renewing organic plant-based diet. Supreme Master Ching Hai has often addressed these planet-wide tolls while highlighting the effective and necessary solution, as during an August 2009 videoconference in Thailand.