During the recent three-day United Nations World Food Summit from November 17 to 19, the UN Food and Agriculture Organization announced that over 1.2 billion people, or one-sixth of the global human population, are starving due to regional conflict, global financial crisis, rising energy prices and food costs.
Addressing the assembly, UN Secretary General Ban ki-Moon emphasized that food security depends on reversing global warming, and that water shortages are already becoming one of its earliest and most visible consequences. Along with Africa, Asia, and Latin America, which are expected to see agricultural declines of up to 40% as temperatures rise above 2 degrees Celsius, the Yangtze River Basin, which supports a third of China’s total population, is also likely to experience more extreme weather.
In addition, it is estimated that over 20 million East Africans are already in desperate need of emergency food following conflict and droughts. Secretary General Ban warned, “In many parts of the world, water supplies are declining, agricultural land is drying out. We must make significant changes to feed ourselves, and most especially to safeguard the poorest and most vulnerable.”
Ban Ki-Moon: There can be no food security without climate security. That is why next month in Copenhagen we need a comprehensive agreement that will provide a firm foundation for a legally binding treaty on climate change.
Pope Benedict XVI: The preservation of the environment is a modern challenge to guarantee a harmonious development that respects the plan of God the Creator and hence can preserve the planet.
If all of humankind is called to be conscious of its own responsibilities towards future generations, it's also true that the duty to protect the environment is the responsibility of states and international organizations.
Secretary General Ban, United Nations and all participating leaders, we are thankful for your concern for the welfare of people around the world. Indeed, may all of humanity quickly adopt the most sustainable solution to world hunger and climate change alike: the organic vegan diet. Supreme Master Ching Hai has frequently
highlighted meat production as the aggravating factor behind both resource scarcity and global warming, as in a July 2008 videoconference with climate and other experts in California, USA.