During the recent climate change conference in Washington DC, USA, experts on climate change and health shared their views on the importance of mitigating global warming and ways it could be accomplished as quickly as possible.
Dr. Stephen Schneider – Climatologist, Stanford University, USA, UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) (M): A major component in the Copenhagen meeting will be trying to get strategies to help us adapt. But remember, we have to adapt to what we can’t prevent, we have to prevent what we can’t adapt to.
VOICE: Some speakers highlighted the wide-scale shift to a plant-based diet as a fast and efficient way to prevent further warming, given that methane emitted by livestock to produce meat traps much more heat than CO2 and also leaves the atmosphere fast – in less than one-tenth the time.
Honored guest Supreme Master Ching Hai contributed ideas on how the government could implement the vegetarian climate solution, pointing out the major health and economic benefits as well.
Videoconference with Supreme Master Ching Hai “Humanity’s Leap into the Golden Era” November 8, 2009 – Washington DC, USA
Supreme Master Ching Hai: And all the while that we are suffering illness, complaining, losing lives, grieving over loss of loved ones, of family members, losing happiness, losing money due to the animal diet, we are the ones who are paying the industry to continue producing this problem, producing meat, fish and the like,
with our hard earned tax money that’s used to subsidize them.
Ironic? The US government could of course redirect billions of dollars now spent on livestock subsidies to help farmers switch to organic vegetable and fruit agriculture. That will be a great help to your country and the health of the Americans.
VOICE: In a three-year period, the US government spent US$20 billion to subsidize animal feed crops and US$1.3 billion in dairy subsidies alone.
Supreme Master Ching Hai: I have always looked to the American people and their great government leaders as one of the best living examples of democracy and freedom, integrity, of our world.
However, I must tell you truthfully that the meat industry is unbefitting to the greatness of your country and of the great American citizens. Great people deserve great things. Great people lead great lifestyles. So we have to do away with the un-great things and we have to begin the great things, for the great people, great country like America.
VOICE: Our thanks to the speakers and participants of the Washington conference. We are also grateful to Supreme Master Ching Hai for her steadfast faith that all nations will take the courageous steps to save the Earth.
Let us all join in the call for wise governance that will save our lives and the planet. 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.