November 20, 2009

Climate change hits close to home

On November 16, an international conference was held for the second time in the nation’s beautiful state of Veracruz, this time in Orizaba, known as the “Region of the High Mountains.”

Here, participants gathered with a united purpose for the special event entitled “SOS – A Quick Action to Stop Global Warming.” Distinguished guest speakers included the Honorable Juan Manuel Diez Francos, Mayor of Orizaba; His Excellency Mr. Alonso Domínguez Ferráez, Coordinator of Environment of the State of Veracruz; Engineer Nelba Villagran, vegan professor and President of the College of Nutrition of Chile; Mrs. Eva Quistorp, co-founder of the German Green Party and former Vice Chairwoman of the Greens in the European Parliament, and environmental geographer Mr. Edgar Espinoza Cisneros.

Also, broadcasting live to Mexican listeners were top radio stations: “XETQ La Q Internacional” at 850 AM; “XEOV La Picosa” at 1240 AM; “XEDZ Radio Ondas” at 580 AM; “XHPG Nova” at 92.1 FM, and Radio Orizaba SA, as well as Supreme Master Television, which was airing the event worldwide.

Speaking via videoconference for the fourth time at the request of the Mexican government was guest of honor Supreme Master Ching Hai, who had been invited to this seminar by Environment Coordinator Ferráez to discuss ways that humanity could save the planet from the urgent situation that is affecting all lives.

Supreme Master Ching Hai: So, climate change is not an abstract concept at all. It is here and now, affecting our neighbors, affecting us and more and more next.

Children will suffer. And mothers and fathers will suffer, upon suddenly losing their livelihoods, losing their loved ones, losing their dignity and happiness, and all might vanish overnight.

Supreme Master Ching Hai: It causes up to 900,000 of your fellow city persons to have to leave their homes every year, with many going to seek better livelihoods in the United States, if they can find it.

Supreme Master Ching Hai: And please remember, the #1 cause behind it all is: animal agriculture. People have to be informed, fast.

Supreme Master Ching Hai: Besides the adverse effects that livestock production has on the planet, the consumption of meat is also destructive to our health. We are talking about the health of individuals and their loved ones. Furthermore, the cruelty of the meat industry brings another type of disease: food-borne bacterial infections. Due to the extremely filthy conditions of the meat processing plants, that the excrement of the animals is not cleaned and remains on the flesh through processing.

Supreme Master Ching Hai: And another health crisis that has been born through livestock is swine flu.

Supreme Master Ching Hai: However, the good news is that the way to end all this is truly even more real and quickly manifested than the problem itself. Because each and every person can do something significant to stop global warming. And you know already what that is, right? The vegan diet.

VOICE: We are grateful to the respected government officials and dignitaries, as well as all participants of this conference, for coming together in concern for the planet. Our thanks also goes to Supreme Master Ching Hai, for her encouragement toward each individual doing their part in halting climate change. May such inspiring
gatherings spark a global adoption of the organic vegan lifestyle for the blossoming welfare of all beings.Please tune in to Supreme Master Television’s Words of Wisdom for the full rebroadcast of this live event at a later date, with multi-language subtitles.

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