March 20, 2009

Macedonians plant 5 million trees in one-day reforestation campaign

Macedonians plant 5 million trees in a day. To raise ecological awareness and help reforest the land, the country sponsored her third tree planting, this one called "Tree Day -- Plant Your Future." Joining the activity were statesmen such as Prime Minister Nikola Gruevski along with celebrities like renowned opera singer Boris Trajanov. Minister of Foreign Affairs Antonio Milososki commented on the nationwide endeavor, saying, “Tree Day is a uniting action, and investing in ecology is investing in our common future.”

A big green bravo, Your Excellencies and all Macedonians, for your country’s multi-million tree planting accomplishment! Such wholehearted participation is surely an inspiration for all in our striving to live sustainably on Mother Earth.

Climate change accelerates water hunt in U.S. West

California facing steep losses due to drought. With global climate change causing increased water scarcity, farmers in California, USA suffered losses of at least US$300 million last year. Last month, Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger declared a state of emergency due to the extreme water shortages, and the city of Los Angeles is now planning to ration water for the first time in 15 years.

Most recently, Kern County in southern California announced the likelihood of another US$300 million in losses this year, with some 40,000 acres of crops that will be under-irrigated and another 40,000 acres that won’t be planted at all. The state has called for emergency measures to cope with the shortages, and the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) is suggesting more focused recovery measures such as groundwater cleanup and storm water harvesting.

We appreciate the efforts of the Natural Resources Defense Council and all others working to alleviate this dire situation. Let us all join together in adopting new levels of sustainable living that support all life on our Earth.

Study: Climate change to affect monsoon in South Asia

Climate change could disrupt South Asian monsoon season. A recent study by researchers at Purdue University in Indiana, USA revealed that global warming could cause major changes in the monsoon patterns of South Asia, including delayed onset and less precipitation overall. With over half the world’s populations living in monsoon-affected regions, such shifts would have a significant effect on water resources, especially as, for example, 90 percent of the water used in India comes from monsoon rains. Associate Professor and Interim Director of the Purdue Climate Change Research Center, Noah Diffenbaugh, whose research group led the study, stated, "Agricultural production, water availability and hydroelectric power generation could be substantially affected by delayed monsoon onset and reduced surface runoff.”

We are grateful to the Purdue University scientists for reminding us of the precarious balance of our ecosphere that could affect countless people. Let us all work to ensure the welfare of our fellow co-inhabitants through an ever-increasing adoption of green, compassionate lifestyles.

In December 2006, Supreme Master Ching Hai spoke with our Association members in the United Kingdom about the danger to survival that is linked with such shortages of water and other natural resources.

London, United Kingdom December 24, 2006

Supreme Master Ching Hai:
Because we are destroying the planet and we are fighting each other instead of fighting the real enemy. That is the destroying of the planet. And the ruining of the resources of the world. We are short. If we don’t stop, we will be short of many things.

And then the real war will really break out. When people are hungry and desperate. Then nothing can stop it. Because they’re already desperate, they’re already pushed to the wall already, they have nothing to lose. Then there will be much more trouble than now. So, do what you can and think what you can. All positive. All for reconstruction of this world or saving of the world.

Vegetarian Diet Could Cut Climate Change Mitigation Costs by 70%, If Enough Of Us Make the Switch

Scientists offer hope in addressing global warming. Despite a week filled with bleak updates on the speed at which the effects of global warming are being felt, scientists at the Copenhagen Climate Change conference last week concluded that our world could still be saved and that the tools for addressing climate change are at hand. Conference organizer Professor Katherine Richardson of the University of Copenhagen pointed out how combined efforts in the past had reversed seemingly insurmountable problems such as removing harmful chlorofluorocarbons (CFCs) from the atmosphere.

Professor Peter Gregory – Scottish Crop Research Institute (M): While we knew a lot of things were changing, we've come to realized that they're actually changing much faster than we thought be… than we thought before. So we have much less time to actually act.

Professor Pete Smith – Institute of Biological and Environmental Sciences, University of Aberdeen (M): We’ve definitely had a significant impact on the planet and on the atmosphere but it’s not too late to do something about it, to counter the big dangerous climate change problems that we have in the future.

Professor Dale Jamieson – Director of Environmental Studies at New York University, USA, Vegan (M): I think as far as new goals go, we know what we have to do, the question is really doing it.

Professor Peter Gregory – Scottish Crop Research Institute (M): We have the knowledge. I think increasingly, we have the will. We can make steps individually to change our style of life, to insulate our homes, make sure that we don't waste energy, to use our transport efficiently, to produce our crops and eat effectively and healthily. And I think all of these things are things that we can do as individuals. We don't have to wait for governments to act on those things.

VOICE: Our gratitude international conference scientists, for your prevailing optimism even while delivering the dire facts about global warming. We join you in confidence that humanity’s swift adoption of practices such as the vegan lifestyle will rapidly reverse this trend and restore our Earth.

In a videoconference for the Climate Change International Conference with experts on health, science and the media, on July 26, 2008 in California, USA, Supreme Master Ching Hai explained why being vegan is the priority solution at this crucial time.


Rebroadcast of Live Videoconference with Supreme Master Ching Hai
“Climate Change International Conference” July 26, 2008 – West Hollywood, California, USA

Supreme Master Ching Hai: So, I have only one solution, that is being vegetarian, and the sooner the better, and then everything else we will have time to take care. We will have time to develop different technology, we will have time to invent new cars, we will have time to tackle many other things that right now are not that urgent as the planetary warming.

Because truly it might destroy the whole planet and we will all go. And this is still a very beautiful planet, it’s still repairable. So just one request: vegetarian diet. Then everything else, we will have time to do and to think of. So, just spread out the vegetarianism, spread out all that information about the benefit of it. And that’s the best thing we can do for the planet and for our children. I wish all of you all the best. God bless you and your mission.

March 18, 2009

Global warming may trigger carbon 'time bomb', scientist warns

Runaway explosive gas from a warming Arctic. At the Copenhagen Climate Congress this past week, climate researcher Dr. Philippe Ciais of the French Laboratory for Climate Sciences and the Environment warned that just a 2 degree Celsius rise in average world temperature could instigate a carbon “time bomb” in the vast regions of Arctic permafrost. The sustained warming of the soil would initiate bacterial composting, leading to a cycle of accelerated temperature increase and the possibly explosive, fatal release of billions of tons of greenhouse gases into the atmosphere.

In a recent phone interview with Supreme Master Television, Dr. Isobel Simpson of the University of California – Irvine, USA, shared her views and concern about the current situation of thawing in the Arctic.

Dr. Isobel Simpson – Atmosphere chemist, University of California – Irvine, USA (F): A lot of the climate change feed back scenarios involve methane. You know there is all this methane trapped in the permafrost in the Arctic, and you already get research coming out saying, these lakes are thawing in Siberia and you’re getting all this methane released from these thawed lakes. There’s so much methane trapped under the permafrost, orders of magnitude more than what’s in the atmosphere now and the concern is, at what point does that methane start being released under melting scenarios?

That is what would keep me awake at night, is thinking about the future and where are the methane reservoirs. How stable are they? How fast is the change occurring in the Arctic? And can we get carbon dioxide under control before something catastrophic happens?

VOICE: Drs. Simpson, Ciais and colleagues, we thank you for alerting us to the dire situation caused by the warming atmosphere to our Earth. We pray that the world’s citizens quickly transition to a kinder, more considerate lifestyle to preserve all life on our beautiful globe.

During a videoconference with Supreme Master Television staff members in California, USA in January 2009, Supreme Master Ching Hai revealed through her insight and inner contact with inhabitants of Mars some truths about their history of climate change. Only a tiny minority had survived the runaway events, whose beginnings were similar in many ways to the current situation on Earth.

Supreme Master Ching Hai: The mass extinction came; they die, not only human beings on there, but the animals also; they die by two main poisonous gases. Namely, hydrogen sulfide and nitrous oxide, plus methane as the third cause. But hydrogen sulfide and methane from the livestock begun to warm the climate and then triggered more other gases from the ocean, from permafrost and glacier around their planet. Just like what is happening to our planet right now.

Supreme Master Ching Hai: As the destruction happened too fast and no one can help anyone. Only 0.2% of them escaped, around 2 million, into the underground caves. And that’s how they survive.

Supreme Master Ching Hai: They retain the history of what happened, so that the descendants know how to take care of what they have and not to be careless, and not to be so destructive anymore but more virtuous and spiritual.

Drastic changes in water policy needed, says World Water Forum chief

Water Forum in Turkey focuses on vital resource. The 5th World Water Forum, a conference held every three years to coordinate the management of global water resources, is being held this year in Istanbul. The conference, which began Monday and goes through March 22, welcomed over 20,000 international participants from governments, education and the private sector. Its primary goal is to achieve a framework that create processes to more effectively manage water as a resource, with this year’s participants also placing specific focus on the urgent problems of drought and climate change.

We laud your concerned commitment, worldwide attendees! With Heaven’s grace, may the accords reached at this week’s 5th World Water Forum help ensure the precious blessing of sufficient water for all.

March 17, 2009

Tropical fish swimming north because of global warming

Climate change forces fish towards cooler waters. A study conducted by scientists from England, Canada, and the United States predicts that rising sea temperatures due to global warming will cause fish to have to travel some 40 kilometers per decade as they seek colder water nearer the poles. Those from the tropics will end up in northern seas, while species that thrive in cold waters may become extinct from the lack of a place to go as their homes become too warm.

We are grateful, researchers, for this critical information on the adversities of global warming. Let us quickly turn to eco-conscious lifestyles for our beautiful aquatic co-inhabitants to flourish once more.

Climate change deaths could soar

Lives lost to warming temperatures could increase. Studies presented at the climate change conference at Copenhagen, Denmark estimate that in the next several decades heat-related deaths in cities will quadruple in number. These new projections take into account day-to-day temperature variability that is consistent with the extremes of global warming. Mr. Simon Gosling, Research Fellow at the UK’s University of Reading said that in London alone, for example, this could easily translate to a loss of 500 people by the summer of 2080.

Mr. Gosling, colleagues and all involved, our sincere appreciation for bringing this valuable information to the public. May the consideration of such potentially tragic effects propel us ever more quickly toward actions to halt the further warming of the planet.

Addressing government officials, media and other dignitaries in Formosa (Taiwan) at a global warming seminar in June 2008, Supreme Master Ching Hai assured that such tragic circumstances need not come to pass – if humanity switches to an animal-free diet.


Videoconference with Supreme Master Ching Hai
for the Critical Moments to Save the Earth: What Can I Do? Seminar Formosa (Taiwan) June 29, 2008

Supreme Master Ching Hai: So I suggest only one thing: just to be veg. Be vegetarian. Choose a vegetarian diet. Then all will cool down. All disaster will disappear. We will see how simple and happy life can be, and how we will think clearly, and how our heart will be more open, more blissful. We can understand many more things than we have up to now. And that we really can live with far less than what we thought possible, and still be happy, survive, satisfied, and healthy.

March 16, 2009

Prince: 'Climate Crisis Worse Than Recession'

Britain’s Prince Charles speaks on the urgency of climate change. During his Latin American tour this past week, accompanied by his wife Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, Prince Charles met with such dignitaries as Chilean President Michelle Bachelet and Brazilian President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva, where he commended the nation’s measures to protect the Amazon. Addressing a group of Brazilian officials and business leaders, His Royal Highness expressed his concerns over the urgency of climate change, stating that global warming has far more potential to endanger humanity than any other issue of our time. He went on to caution that the time remaining to change our behavior is very limited before catastrophic effects to humanity could be seen.

Your Royal Highness, our gratitude for your continued wise leadership and clear vision regarding our precious environment. We pray that humanity moves swiftly to restore the balance of our Earth through practices that respect all life.

Amazon could shrink by 85% due to climate change, scientists say

Climate change could claim 85% of the Amazon. As home to half the world’s plants, animals, and insects, the lush rainforest historically has been able to reduce atmospheric carbon dioxide by two billion tons annually. However, British researchers from the Met Office Hadley Centre for Climate Change report that not only deforestation but now global warming itself is jeopardizing the health of the trees, saying that 85% of the forest could perish with an atmospheric temperature rise of four degrees Celsius. Findings from other scientists who attended the Copenhagen climate change conference last week concurred, including those of Dr. Carlos Nobres of Brazil’s Space Research Institute, also Chair of the International Geosphere Biosphere Program in Sweden.

Dr. Carlos Nobre – Brazil Space Research Institute, Chair, International Geosphere Biosphere Program in Stockholm, Sweden (M): Certainly, the most alarming climate change danger is the collapse of the Amazon forest. If the temperature rises 4 or 5 degrees, it’s very likely that the Amazon forest will collapse almost totally. So this is really the most alarming climate change danger that we are facing in South America.

VOICE: Also attending the conference was Professor Tim Lenton of the UK’s University of East Anglia, who stated: “Unless we can restrict the warming and seasonal changes we're already seeing in the tropics, the prospects for the Amazon aren't good.” A key to limiting this warming , according to Dr. Carlos Nobre, is to curb meat production, that is, to halt the clearing of the rainforests for cattle grazing.

Dr. Carlos Nobre (M): Worldwide, that’s very important because really, there will be lots of emissions if we think in the future of 9 billion people consuming meat; this is huge meat consumption which will lead to huge emissions. So, on the long range, we have to decrease meat consumption – and particularly for the global tropics. Specifically for the Amazon, deforestation comes about mostly to open up cattle ranches, so to produce meat.

VOICE: Our gratitude, Dr. Nobre, Met Office Hadley Centre scientists, Professor Lenton and all involved for this vital information that helps awaken us to the severe effects of continued global warming. Let us quickly turn to more eco-conscious lifestyles to save the irreplaceable Amazon, its lush biodiversity and support of all life on Earth.

Through her deep spiritual insights, Supreme Master Ching Hai explained in a June 2008 videoconference with our Association members in Surrey, United Kingdom how a rapid and complete restoration of our biosphere could be possible if humankind would become vegetarian altogether.


Videoconference with Supreme Master Ching Hai
Surrey Center, United Kingdom - June 12, 2008

Supreme Master Ching Hai:
If the world were to go 100% vegetarian right now, the good effect of it would be seen within more or less 60 days.

Supreme Master Ching Hai:
Eight short weeks, yes. And what kind of Earth would we live in? It would be Eden again.

Supreme Master Ching Hai:
Things will be more lushful, abundant. People will feel happier, even without reason, they will not know why they feel happy, and food will be enough everywhere. Rivers will run plentiful again. Disasters will cease. Heaven will smile on humans and good wishes will be fulfilled. That is a kind of Eden. If we are to be vegetarian, all of the humans on the planet, that will be the effect.

Global temperatures 'will rise 6C this century'

Global temperatures to rise much higher than were expected. Two thousand scientists and other dignitaries were gathered in Copenhagen, Denmark, this week to learn of the latest climate change science at what experts are now calling the “End of the World” conference due to the alarming new data. One example included previous predictions of a 2 degree Celsius rise in the world’s temperature, which now appear to be severely underestimated. Conference organizer and University of Copenhagen Oceanography Professor Katharine Richardson stated, “We can forget about the 2 (degrees) C. We are now facing the situation where we have to avoid a 5-6 (degree) C rise in temperature.”

Dr. Katharine Richardson – Marine Biologist and Head of Climate Congress Steering Committee (F):
The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), the United Nations climate panel, got it right. And it turns out, we’re on their worst case trajectory or their worst case scenario that they defined, or maybe even worse. The good news is, it turns out that we have an awful lot of tools in our toolbox already that we can use to immediately begin to combat climate change.

VOICE: Supreme Master Television asked participating scientists what “tools” they believed are the most readily effective.

Dr. Dale Jamieson - Director of Environmental Studies at New York University, USA. Vegetarian (M): It’s only going to be solved if the people of the world demand a solution. And one way of demanding a solution is to begin by changing your own life and reducing your consumption. Reducing our meat is probably the single most effective thing that individuals can do immediately to reduce their greenhouse gas impact.

Dr. John Schellnhuber – Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research, Germany (M):
It would be one of the almost silver bullets, really. It would be very good for the planet.

VOICE: We are grateful, Professors Richardson, Jamieson, Schellnhuber, and all other scientist participants for alerting us to the frightening new data demonstrating the rapid pace of climate change – and for sharing with us the most effective solution. Through our combined efforts, may all people wake up to the need to act now by being veg to save the planet.

Rebroadcast of Live Videoconference with Supreme Master Ching Hai
Premiere of “The Birds in My Life” – German Edition
October 18, 2008 - Germany

In a videoconference at the Frankfurt International Book Fair, marking the German language premiere of the #1 international bestseller, “The Birds in My Life,” the book’s author, Supreme Master Ching Hai, answered a question regarding how we can halt global warming.

Supreme Master Ching Hai:
Of course, climate change is the worst threat that we have right now for our planet. This is worse than war. This is worse than even any physical threat that we can imagine. Now, as you know, and many of the people who are knowledgeable know, that vegetarian diet, meaning animal-free product lifestyle, is the best way, the fastest to stop our disaster of global warming and the destruction of our planet. Please be a vegan.

Then we will keep this planet; not only will we keep this planet, but this planet will become more beautiful, more abundant, more glorious, more happy for everyone to enjoy.

scientist says health of planet and people are linked

Vegan diets require less land. Dr. Pamela Martin, a geophycisist at the University of Chicago in the USA, recently appeared on the Earth & Sky radio program to speak about the findings of a 2009 study of the American diet, which she co-authored. Having evaluated a comparison of land requirements for a meat-based versus meat-free diet, she stated, “You need about four-and-a-half times the amount of land to grow feed that you feed for cattle, versus using that land directly to grow food that we would directly consume.” Dr. Martin went on to encourage people to make food choices that ensure a beneficial impact on both health and the environment.

Her discussion of this important topic can be found at www.earthsky.org /radioshows.

Our sincere appreciation, Dr. Martin, for providing yet another of the manifold benefits of a meat-free diet. Let us all turn towards the veg lifestyle to most quickly restore the balance to our Earth.

scientist says health of planet and people are linked

Vegan diets require less land. Dr. Pamela Martin, a geophycisist at the University of Chicago in the USA, recently appeared on the Earth & Sky radio program to speak about the findings of a 2009 study of the American diet, which she co-authored. Having evaluated a comparison of land requirements for a meat-based versus meat-free diet, she stated, “You need about four-and-a-half times the amount of land to grow feed that you feed for cattle, versus using that land directly to grow food that we would directly consume.” Dr. Martin went on to encourage people to make food choices that ensure a beneficial impact on both health and the environment.

Her discussion of this important topic can be found at www.earthsky.org /radioshows.

Our sincere appreciation, Dr. Martin, for providing yet another of the manifold benefits of a meat-free diet. Let us all turn towards the veg lifestyle to most quickly restore the balance to our Earth.

'Catastrophic' One-Metre Sea Rise Predicted

Sea levels predicted to rise to catastrophic levels. During this week’s gathering of some 2,000 participants at the International Scientific Congress on Climate Change in Copenhagen, Denmark, revisions in anticipated sea level rise were among the concerns expressed by scientists. The latest figure, which accounts for quicker warming oceans and a faster-melting Antarctica and Greenland, now anticipates what could be more than a one meter rise before the century’s end. More than 600 million people could be affected by the submergence of lands such as the US state of Florida and island nations like the Maldives, with an additional number who would be more vulnerable than ever to natural disasters such as storms and floods.

Supreme Master Television was present to speak with the participants, where scientists indicated that present human efforts could and must be faster.

Dr. Rajendra Pachauri – Chair of United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), VEGETARIAN (M): We have an enormous amount of inertia which we should be aware of. And that only requires us to take much more vigorous action to bring about change.

VOICE: Political leaders present at the meeting joined in the scientists’ call for urgent change.

Connie Hedegaard - Danish Climate and Energy Minister (F): If we don’t act now, we will stay hostage to outdated energy systems. If we don’t act now, we risk catastrophic changes to our climate causing destabilizing conflicts, and massive migration of refugees due to water and food shortages in many parts of the world. And consequently, if we don’t act now, we ultimately bring our natural security in danger
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VOICE: We are grateful to the scientists and leaders from countries worldwide for revealing these critical insights on the perilous state of our planet. Let us quickly take heed and make the necessary eco-adjustments to save our beautiful and irreplaceable world.

In her response to panelists during the live videoconference for the SOS! International Seminar on Global Warming in Seoul, Korea in May 2008, Supreme Master Ching Hai likewise urged for rapid action, while reminding us of the priority we must place on our food choices.

The SOS! International Seminar on Global Warming Videoconference with Supreme Master Ching Hai
May 22, 2008 – Seoul, South Korea

Supreme Master Ching Hai: We have to change. We have to. That’s the only way we can save ourselves and the planet, and the whole world and all the beings in it. Otherwise, even if we dig a hole into the mountain or under the ground to stay away from the sun’s heat, or we go up in the mountain to avoid the sea rising, there are other calamities that will be coming our way. We should move faster and take more actions. Vegetarian diet – number one. Green energy – number two. Everybody work together to be frugal, and protect the environment and the animals. It’s not that difficult. It’s just the habit that we have to change, that’s all.

CAPE VERDE: Growing food without soil

Cape Verde farmers boost food production through hydroponics. With little rainfall and less than 10 percent cultivable land on the Republic of Cape Verde, a set of islands off the coast of western Africa, some farmers have sought to boost food production and nutrition through hydroponic farming techniques. By employing a nutrient solution and gravel instead of soil, hydroponic farmer Sergio Roque Monteiro said that he uses less than a fifth of the water and only a portion of the land that would be needed for traditional farming. With plans to expand his business, Mr. Monteiro stated that hydroponics can help fill both the production and nutrient gaps by planting a variety of products that provide plentiful and nourishing sustenance.

What a green way to go, Mr. Monteiro! We wish evermore bountiful harvests for the people of Cape Verde as more farmers make the switch to the efficient yet bountiful practice of hydroponics.

During the SOS International Conference on Urgent Problems of Climate Change held in January 2009 in Mongolia, Supreme Master Ching Hai gave some tips regarding such alternative ways of farming.


Videoconference with Supreme Master Ching Hai Global Warming – SOS International Conference on Urgent Problems of Climate Change Mongolia - January 27, 2009

Supreme Master Ching Hai: If more and more people choose organic farming as well, we help each other to the best possible of our ability and most gentle way for all beings and the Earth. From then, we can share food since we have so much food. We can do that through such a method as hydroponics. You can even plant and harvest indoors, so we can do it also by ourselves.

There’s no need even farmers, if we have a little garden, we can plant it ourselves. Or if we have a balcony, we can even plant it in water. We must start now so that you can have your own vegetables. It’s very easy. If you just have a little pot even, on the balcony, the size you want. And you just sow some seed on it. A few days later, you already have some vegetables, salad, for example.

Swedish Parliament discusses meat tax to mitigate climate change

“How to Reduce Meat Consumption’s Climate Impacts” was the title of a recent seminar and panel discussion at the Swedish Parliament in Stockholm. The Head of the Nordic Office for the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization, Christina Engfeldt, spoke of the organization’s concern about the impact of the livestock industry on climate change, world hunger and human health. Distinguished scientists specializing in environment and agriculture also presented their findings, including a possible meat tax. Also present were members of the Swedish Parliament, including European Parliament member Jens Holm. This meeting came just days after the multi-language release of Mr. Holm’s co-authored report, “The Livestock Industry and the Climate,” along with the launch of the new information resource website, www.meatclimate.org.

Supreme Master Television had a chance to interview some of the speakers.

Dr. Stefan Wirsenius, Physics and resource theory scientist, Chalmers University of Technology, Sweden (M): You can design a consumption tax scheme on food that is based on the amount of greenhouse gases each category of food emits, in a way that you actually increase the tax on those commodities like meat, that emits more, especially beef and lamb meat, and decrease the value-added tax that we have in many European countries for, like beans. That could be a very good option.


Christina Engfeldt – United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization’s Head of the Nordic Office (F): All these decisions will have to be taken at a political and institutional level. We will have to put a price on land areas for growing food, for fodder, for water, for waste management.

VOICE: We asked Ms. Engfeldt what would be the picture if no action was taken on the unsustainable livestock industry.

Christina Engfeldt – United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization’s Head of the Nordic Office (F): Then we will double the negative effects on the environment and we are already at an untenable, unsustainable level when it comes to waste management, when it comes to greenhouse gas emissions, pollution, to destruction of natural resources, land, water, ecosystems, biological diversity. And then again, we will not find a way to live healthy lives a few years from now, and our children and grandchildren will inherit a very polluted world.

If more people would choose to live a healthier life, and have a more balanced diet, eat less meat, or preferably no meat, we could ensure that we would decrease environmental degradation, and we could decrease world hunger, and more people would be able to look forward to a better life in the future.

To see the report co-issued by European Parliament Member Jens Holm, please visit ec.europa.eu, www.jensholm.se/english, or www.meatclimate.org.

VOICE: We wholeheartedly agree with the call of Ms. Engfeldt, Dr. Wirsenius, Swedish Parliament members, and others for urgent measures toward sustainability, including reducing the impact of meat consumption on the environment. We pray that the world’s governments will step forward in wise actions to pass on a planet that supports the lives of our children and all beings on Earth.

March 11, 2009

Marine life being over exploited

Sri Lanka’s marine treasures endangered. Environmentalists in southern Asian countries such as Sri Lanka report that the unsustainable use of marine resources is leading to the devastation of coral reefs, marine turtles, mangroves and more. Although illegal, activities such as coral mining, collecting turtle eggs and catching turtles are still widely practiced in some regions. Furthermore, trawlers who drag the sea bottom along with other non-sustainable activities are contributing to the rapid decline of marine life, sea grass beds, coral reefs and mangroves, creating changes that greatly upset the region’s ecosystem.

We share the environmentalists’ sense of deep alarm and pray that everyone begins now in truly caring for all beings on the Earth that we share. May Buddha bless the Sri Lankan people and their marine co-inhabitants with a green ecosphere always.

In a July 2008 videoconference with dignitaries and guests at the "Heart-Touch Tour" exhibition in Formosa (Taiwan), Supreme Master Ching Hai responded to concerns about how to resolve the current plight of our ecosystems.

Heart-Touch Tour of the Supreme Master Ching Hai: Eden on Earth Arts Gallery Exhibition
Formosa - July 5, 2008

Supreme Master Ching Hai:
We should have more rules, more guidelines, to protect our natural habitat because sometimes we overlook the long run effect. We just see the immediate benefit or gain and we forget that in the long run, if we carelessly build or damage or interfere with nature, then the consequence is very, very detrimental to ourselves and to the planet, just like what we are facing right now. Above all, enlightenment is really what’s needed to govern. That’s number one. And vegetarian diet with right motive, number two. We offer more compassion and insight. Also we help preserve precious natural habitat for the wilds and protect the resources for humans.

A plant-based diet offers peace for our survival.

A plant-based diet offers peace for our survival. From the Veracruz governor and Xalapa City mayor, to businesspeople, the media, families, and even young students, the attendees of the “SOS” Save the Planet conference in Mexico came because they cared about the future, and left with new perspectives on how climate change could be solved. Indeed, Supreme Master Ching Hai’s words had left a deep impression and new hope for many, with her presence as the evening’s guest of honor.

José Antonio López – Professor of History, vegetarian (M): What advice would you give to people, in order for them to keep inherent sincerity, and to keep being vegetarians as well?

Supreme Master Ching Hai: Professor López, thank you for your concern. To be vegetarian is one of the highest forms of sincerity and love. Being vegetarian, meaning consuming an absolutely animal-free diet, give us also the freedom of conscience, of peace of mind that comes from living in peace with other beings and nature, which is the original lifestyle of all Mexicans, I believe, according to history. This is the kind of peace the planet needs to survive. You see, remind them of the ancient Mayas, which our governor has just told us that in the beginning they live on corn and other vegetables. And they did not have any cancer or any other problems. So we should learn from our ancestry. Remind people of that.

VOICE: We thank Supreme Master Ching Hai for her words of wisdom that indeed have reminded so many people to return to the noble, compassionate way of living. We pray that the world will quickly take the steps necessary to restore and preserve our Earth.

Please tune in at a future date for the full conference with Supreme Master Ching Hai on Words of Wisdom, with multi-language subtitles.

World's largest wetland threatened in brazil

Largest wetland in the world in decline. The Pantanal region, shared by Brazil, Bolivia and Paraguay, is the world’s largest wetland and home to an extraordinary array of rare animals, along with 650 species of birds. However, the area has become increasingly threatened by unsustainable economic development, large-scale deforestation and pollution. The biggest problem is cattle raising, which has caused a 63 percent loss of the Pantanal forests in elevated regions. Farm pollution now also jeopardizes the balance of the fragile ecosystem. Sandro Menezes, manager of Conservation International's Pantanal project said, "It's very probable that local flora and fauna will become extinct."

Conservation International, we appreciate this clear picture of the potential losses facing the unique Pantanal wetlands. Our prayers that a caring humanity adopts sustainable lifestyles to ensure the flourishing our world’s irreplaceably diverse inhabitants.


Videoconference with Supreme Master Ching Hai with Supreme Master Television staff
November 26, 2008

During a videoconference with Supreme Master Television staff in California, USA in November 2008, Supreme Master Ching Hai explained the interconnectedness of human-caused events, including the spiritual redemption that results from turning to a meat-free lifestyle:

Supreme Master Ching Hai: Fertilize for more animal feeding, clearing more forest for animal feeding, planting animal feed and fertilizing animal feed and run-off pollutions, acidity caused by run-off pollution and weather change and cause more destruction and then erosion, then reconstruction, etc., etc.

It’s the whole chain of effects. And another thing, people forget all the time the “cause and effect,” the karma. Even people now, they eat meat all these years and they just turn to vegetarian diet then their cancer is diminished or lessened, their sickness is gone, even cardiovascular disease and many other diseases just disappear. So even if the methane gas is still there in the air from the animal but we turn away from killing; we drop the butcher knife, then we are protected by our own virtues.
We are protected once we turn to be a compassionate person.

“SOS” Save the Planet conference in Mexico: Love in action starts at home

Friday’s conference in Xalapa, the capital city of Veracruz, Mexico was an earnest gathering of government officials, dignitaries, and ordinary citizens who wished to know more about how each can save the planet.

Supreme Master Ching Hai was specially invited to share her wisdom about climate change solutions with the 1,000-plus live audience, and the world via live broadcast on Olivaradio and Supreme Master Television. Also joining were distinguished guest speakers including Local Representative of Xalapa Roberto Carlos Carbajal and Veracruz Governor Fidel Herrera Beltrán.


Roberto Carlos Carbajal – Representative of Xalapa, Veracruz, Mexico (M):
It is a social commitment that we must all assume; we must do it for the sake of our planet and for the sake of our families.

VOICE: Overseas video messages were also were received from Philippine Presidential Adviser on Global Warming and Climate Change Heherson Alvarez, Formosan Legislator Ms. Chiu Chin Tien, and the Vice President of the European Parliament, Mr. Edward McMillan Scott, who himself personally practices sustainability as a vegetarian.


VOICE: The event’s main feature was a live videoconference discussion with Supreme Master Ching Hai. Despite her busy schedule, the guest of honor graciously agreed to answer questions on the latest issues of climate change affecting Mexicans and the world at large.


“SOS” Save the Planet Live Videoconference with Supreme Master Ching Hai
March 6, 2009

Supreme Master Ching Hai: Peace and love begins on our table, begins on our plate, our dinner, our breakfast, our lunch. Love is just an abstract word, but love can be an action. So if we do love our children, we do something. And now that we know that vegan diet will save the world for our future generation, I do ask everyone to sacrifice their palette, the taste, the habit, which is very detrimental to our health anyway. Cut off this habit of animals’ products. And then we can have everything else, even cars to drive, even airplane, even ships, even boat, even everything that we’re having right now, because nothing is as harmful as animals’ product.

VOICE: Supreme Master Ching Hai’s counsel was keenly heard and warmly supported.

Governor Fidel Herrera Beltrán, Veracruz, Mexico (M):
To save the planet is to save ourselves, to save our lives and that of all other living beings. To save the planet is then, to work together, governments and organizations, in favor of life and for the future…
With that I say: Thank you Master, keep going. And let us help you to save our planet. Thank you.

VOICE: Congratulations, dignitaries and all participants for this meaningful gathering on the most important issue in all of our lives. We especially thank Supreme Master Ching Hai for her deep concern and boundless love for the planet and her many inhabitants. In the words of the Honorable Veracruz Governor, “May the world quickly join hands and be vegan, to protect our kind, other beings and our only planetary home.”

Please tune in at a future date for the full conference with Supreme Master Ching Hai on Words of Wisdom, with multi-language subtitles.

Low-meat diet could slash cost of climate change action

Reducing meat consumption would halve the cost of addressing global warming. Researchers at the Netherlands Environmental Assessment Agency have published a study that evaluates the cost of halting climate change by stabilizing atmospheric CO2 at the estimated safe level of 450 parts per million. The report concludes that US$20 trillion, or 50 percent of a total US$40 trillion cost, could be saved from a global shift to a low-meat diet, along with the benefits of dramatically reduced methane emissions from minimized livestock rearing. Moreover, the millions of square kilometers of land no longer used for raising cattle could function instead as croplands for vegetation that would feed humans directly and would also absorb enormous amounts of carbon dioxide from the atmosphere.

Netherlands Environmental Assessment Agency researchers, we appreciate your calculations that illuminate the logic of the plant-based diet, both economically and environmentally. Blessed be the gift of the animal-free lifestyle in securing the future of all co-inhabitants on our Earth.

Tainan County starts work on organic farm zone

Special zones for organic vegetarian farming in Formosa (Taiwan). In Tainan County, more than 20 farmers have already begun cultivating rice, raspberries, pomelos, pumpkins, eggplant and sweet potatoes in a 40-hectare plot of land set aside for organic farming. Along with the entire growing area, which is expected to be ready this August 2009, a 1,000 square-meter sales and exhibition center will also be opened. Officials are hoping that the project will attract tourists and become a model for similar zones around Formosa.

What wonderful news, Tainan County and organic growers! We wish your program green and bounteous success, with healthful harvests for everyone to enjoy.

In a videoconference seminar with dignitaries and the public in October 2008, Supreme Master Ching Hai mentioned the benefits of organic vegetarian farming, especially as an alternative livelihood to meat production.


Videoconference with Supreme Master Ching Hai Stop Global Warming: Act Now seminar
Thailand – October 11, 2008

Supreme Master Ching Hai:
Right now, organic food is very in. And it’s very healthy for everybody. And it’s very big demand. Also we are short of food; we are already informed that. Raising livestock makes us more short of food even. So organic farming uses less water, less time, less labor and produces more in abundance and healthy food for all to enjoy. It’s so easy, so easy, so simple, don’t even need much water at all. And the food grows so fast, and even one or two person can take care of many hectares without much problem at all.

It’s not much capital needed even. And even if capital is needed, the government should give them subsidies to help the organic farmer instead of using that to help the meat production, which is harmful to us. To help organic farming is helpful to everybody including the farmer.

March 8, 2009

Permafrost soil in Yangtze River area disappearing

cPermafrost is melting in China and Sweden. The Qinghai Institute of Geology and the China University of Geosciences released a joint report stating that permafrost in the Tibetan Plateau that is currently less than 10 meters thick is likely to disappear within the next seven years. Swedish researcher Margareta Johansson of Lund University has also reported that permafrost is either already gone or is being lost in northern Sweden region. Defined as soil that remains at or below freezing for two or more years, permafrost is known to play a vital role in balancing the ecosystem and stabilizing the ground itself, with melting leading to collapse, which in turn causes major damage to infrastructure and sometimes steeply increased greenhouse gas emissions.

Dedicated researchers of China and Sweden, we join in your concern over the melting permafrost. May our benevolent green actions help to quickly restore the balance and health of the environment.


In August 2008, Supreme Master Ching Hai met with our Association members in a videoconference and expressed her concern about the gas release – which actually is being compounded by multiple sources.

Videoconference with Supreme Master Ching Hai
with Sydney Center, Australia – August 17, 2008

Supreme Master Ching Hai: And also it will melt more ice if the methane coming out from the permafrost, etc, etc. And from the ocean as well and from all the livestock animal raising. And it keeps adding together, and it would stay in the atmosphere for a long time.

Supreme Master Ching Hai: So we have to change it. The quicker we change, the better, and then we can halt the climate change. And we can restore the planet very quickly, in no time. But if we don’t, then the planet will also be destroyed quickly and in no time.

Youth urge for global changes at Power Shift ’09 in Washington, DC, USA

Youth urge for global changes at Power Shift ’09 in Washington, DC, USA. From Friday, February 27 to Monday, March 2, some 12,000 student leaders from all 50 United States, all 13 Canadian provinces and territories, and more than a dozen countries around the world gathered in the United States capital to express their shared concern about climate change. Another group of approximately 2500 citizens arrived on Monday, seeking the government’s support for halting the use of coal, with renowned US climatologist Dr. James Hansen present to lend his voice to the call.

Andy Makem – Power Shift Participant (M):
We’re here to get Congress to pass some legislation to dramatically decrease carbon output worldwide.

Haley Fongemean – Power Shift Participant (F):
I think we’re also here to show Congress that we need this change now. We’re not going away. We’re making this happen now.

VOICE: The students united as one voice, calling for policy makers to switch to clean alternative energy that would bring brighter opportunities for future generations.

Veronica Hooker Power Shift Participant (F): We want to increase sustainability worldwide on all aspects, from energy to communities to the way we treat people to eating meat.

VOICE: Keynote speakers at the conference included Lisa Jackson, Chief of the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA); Ken Salazar, United States Secretary of the Department of the Interior; United States Congress representatives Donna Edwards and Ed Markey; Jerome Ringo from the National Wildlife Federation; and Van Jones, president of Green for All, among other distinguished speakers. A briefing between the dignitaries and youth leaders was held. Among the many panels and workshops were several on the urgent issue of agriculture’s role in climate change.

Doreen Stabinsky – Greenpeace International (F): How Greenpeace sees agriculture: Agriculture is part of the climate problem, but agriculture is also possibly part of the climate solution.


Meredith Niles – Cool Foods Campaign coordinator, Center for Food Safety, USA (F): How much of our policies are focused on increasing fuel standards for cars or trying to promote driving less, or public transportation. That’s 14%. Meat production is 18%. So there’s a fundamental disconnect here among our policymakers and two, I think the average American people and people around the world, about the role that meat production plays in climate change.

Meredith Niles (F):There are ways that are institutionalized that allow this type of agriculture to continue, to be subsidized and to be perpetuated, at the expense of our climate and our own health. Let's give carbon offsets to organic farmers, who scientifically are proven to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and put more carbon in the soil.

University student, Power Shift Participant (M): I’m aware that it’s a major issue, and it will be a solution because students can take action. Make their cafeterias vegetarian. It’s a personal choice and it’s one that everybody needs to take.

For more information about Power Shift 2009, please visit powershift09.org

VOICE: Hats off to all the courageous youth, citizens, supportive government leaders and others involved who made Power Shift 2009 a great success. With the younger generations having spoken, let us take heed now by choosing sustainable ways to live for the planet’s survival and wellbeing of all.

Beached whales, dolphins rescued in Australia

Tasmanians work to save beached whales. On Tasmania’s King Island in Australia, 189 pilot whales and 10 dolphins were found stranded on Naracoopa Beach. Tragically, only 54 pilot whales and 7 dolphins were still alive by the end of the day they were discovered. Rescuers kept the marine mammals wet and covered as they used equipment to dig channels for their return to the sea. The rescuers then used boats, jet skis, backhoes, and their own physical strength to guide most of the survivors back into deeper water.

We are deeply saddened by this tragic event that caused the perishing of so many innocent whales and dolphins. Our sincere thanks to the heroic rescuers for their caring and timely endeavors as we pray that humanity quickly turns to more compassionate ways, to ensure the health and comfort of these and all co-inhabitants.

In August 2008, with recent news of another such fatal marine mammal beaching, Supreme Master Ching Hai shared at an international seminar her concern and insights regarding the plight of the beings at sea:

Supreme Master Ching Hai: So many whales and dolphins, they wash up ashore and die. There are so many dead zones in the ocean. It’s suffocating them, so they have to swim out of the water where it’s full of the poisonous gas that has been released! They cannot bear it, they cannot breathe. So they have to get out of it. For them, life is in the water, but if water is full of poison, of course they come out. But when they come out, they die, too. Because they have no water. They stay in the ocean, they die; they came out, they die. There is no choice for them.

This is the worst of all cruelty, that the people don’t take care of the environment. And let all beings keep dying like this. Just to be vegetarian, how difficult can it be? Even the dolphins have to swim out of the ocean; because they think like that they can survive, even risking their lives. So why not we can just can change to vegetarian diet?

Australian wildlife pushed to extinction by bushfires

Climate change seen in Australia’s more extreme weather. The recent wildfires in the southern state of Victoria, the worst in the nation’s history, claimed at least 210 human lives and caused over a million animals to perish, with destruction to native habitats and some species being lost completely. The global temperature rise in southeastern Australia has resulted in extreme heat waves and more intense wildfires, while the northern part of the continent is getting more powerful rainfall. Around 60 percent of northeastern Queensland State is covered by floodwaters after weeks of drenching rain. Australian Green Party leader Bob Brown stated, "The fires are a sobering reminder of the need for this nation and the whole world to act and put at a priority the need to tackle climate change.”

We pray that through our compassion for all beings and the environment, the effects of climate change will be minimized.

As in numerous other occasions, Supreme Master Ching Hai spoke of the urgent period we are in during an international seminar on August 23, 2008, as well as the only hope we have to save the planet.

Supreme Master Ching Hai:
It’s just getting worse and worse now, and I really I don’t know how to do. If I could just go out and beg everybody on the street, “Just please stop eating meat and stop raising livestock and stop abusing the resource of the Earth, stop wasting water!” I would do that. Okay, but the critical mass may be coming soon, and it might work by itself! And we can celebrate one day that we saved the planet. If people repent in their heart and react quick enough, turn to a vegetarian diet, with the grace from Heaven, with the interference from the positive power, we might be able to save 80% of the population of the planet.

March 5, 2009

Audubon Magazine spotlights the meat and climate change connection.

In his article “Low-Carbon Diet,” author Mike Tidwell furnishes many connections between food choices, in particular meat, and climate change effects. Mr. Tidwell is the director for the Chesapeake Climate Action Network in the US, as well as a writer and filmmaker on global warming related issues. In his article, he states that not only are animal products very carbon and energy intensive, but their waste byproducts such as methane and nitrous oxide, are far more potent greenhouse gases than carbon dioxide. He thus advises eating little or no meat in order to truly mitigate climate change.

We are grateful, Mr. Tidwell and Audubon Magazine for informing readers about this essential way to curb global warming. Let us all make conscious choices such as these to preserve our Earthly home for our children and future generations.

Indonesia risks losing islands due to climate change.

With global warming accelerating, Indonesian Institute of Science (LIPI) researcher Dewi Fortuna Anwar has stated that the outermost islands of the nation are in great danger of being submerged due to rising sea levels. With a total of 17,504 islands, some of which are thought to have already been lost to the sea, it is anticipated that a one-meter rise in sea level would cause 2,000 islands to completely sink along with the disappearance of 405,000 hectares of coastal land.

Our sincere sympathies for those whose lives are impacted by the encroaching coastal waters of climate change. We pray that measures for sustainable living are adopted in nations worldwide for the renewed stability of all lives.

In December 2008, Supreme Master Ching Hai spoke with our Association members about the international threat of sinking islands and other calamities linked to global warming.

Supreme Master Ching Hai: We have already at least 18 islands already sink under the sea. Six meters under the sea already. And another 2000 are sinking or at risk of sinking. It’s more or less like that. It will be many places. Earthquakes are everywhere now. Storm, flood everywhere, more than ever before. Every day you see on Supreme Master TV always something.
People begin vegetarian a lot because they want to save the planet. And saving the planet means saving lives.

Accelerated Arctic ice melt explained.

A new study conducted by Rune Graversen of the Royal Netherlands Meteorological Institute and Minguiai Wang of the University of Michigan, USA has revealed additional factors that are increasing the polar region’s warming. Besides the loss of heat-reflective ice, which is already known to contribute to further warming, the researchers found that the open water is storing more energy, which it then gives off as heat. It is also releasing water vapor into the atmosphere that acts as a greenhouse gas. These three factors combined are causing a stronger greenhouse effect at the Arctic and thus are warming it twice as fast as other parts of the Earth.

Thank you, scientists Rune Graversen, Minguiai Wang and colleagues for deepening our understanding of the rapid temperature rise of the Arctic. Let us take swift action now to stem climate change and preserve the ecosphere for ourselves and future generations.

In an international seminar in December 2007, Supreme Master Ching Hai revealed early insight into the dire consequences of accelerated polar ice melts.

Supreme Master Ching Hai : We have to save this planet, so that we’ll be able to stay, first.
Because if the ice all melt, if all the poles all melt out, and then if the sea is warm,
then the gas might be released from the ocean, and we might all be poisoned. It’s a lot of gas.

If you see the Singapore lecture, I already warned that we have to change the way we live, otherwise it’s too late. It was 10 or 15 years ago. Or before that, I always talk about how we deforest our planet. Meat eating and all that contributes to a lot of damage to our Earth planet.

Scientists say many things. They are listening now, but I just hope they do it fast. It just takes action. All the governments in the world really take it now seriously. It’s just I’m worried
the action might be too slow, that’s all.

Because the ice reflecting the sun, and send it back into the space, but the ice is melting so fast now, that there’s not enough reflection and because the sea is already warm, it melts the ice. And because the ice melt, the sea warmer. You see what I mean,
the cycle?

So that’s why they could not calculate it well. And so it keeps warming faster than they think.

March 2, 2009

Hundreds of Millions of South Asians Face Increasing Water Stress

South Asian water resources increasingly vulnerable. A report by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) and Asian Institute of Technology in Thailand have concluded that freshwater resources in three major river basins in South Asia are threatened due to climate change and over-use. The report states that the severe water shortages predicted in all three basins would jeopardize the lives of some 750 million people. With two-thirds of the Himalayan glaciers now receding, intense pumping at lower elevations has led to groundwater levels declining rapidly in the Ganges-Brahmaputra-Meghna and Indus basins, resulting in contamination by saltwater intrusion.

United Nations Environment Programme and Asian Institute of Technology, we appreciate your work in providing this valuable report. With Heaven’s grace, may we all tread more gently on the Earth to save precious water resources and sustain lives.

In a videoconference with Supreme Master Television staff on November 26, 2008, in California, USA, Supreme Master Ching Hai explained the seriousness of water loss in systems such as that of the Ganges River.

Supreme Master Ching Hai: Many are concerned, but little is done to avert this tragedy and I cannot imagine what happens if all the glaciers in Himalayas are all melted. I cannot imagine how people will live. The Ganges River, which feeds millions of people, depending on the glacier of the Himalaya, and if it melted all, then first of all, we’ll have a lot of floods and then we will have drought and dryness afterwards.

Supreme Master Ching Hai:
Because water will not be distributed evenly like it has been done for centuries. The glacier is there to feed the Ganges water and it melted slowly, slowly as per using. As the human use it, it will melt out, just evenly distributing day by day like this. But if it’s all melted at one time, then cities will be drowned, people will die and flood will be everywhere and later we will have no water even. No reservoir any more. So either way, either a lot of flood or drought, it’s very dangerous for the people, especially the people who depend on the Ganges River and the glacier to survive. I am really worried, but I just pray and hope that the people who are in power will do something.

Supreme Master Ching Hai: The only solution is vegetarian diet for everybody.

Water resources imperiled in New Zealand.

Based on a review of the government’s recently proposed National Policy Statement for Freshwater Management, New Zealand author Elizabeth Chambers notes that quality freshwater sources across the nation are becoming scarcer due to unsustainable water management, increasing climate change-related droughts, pollution from the widespread use of fertilizers and, most significantly, the large dairy industry which not only requires immense amounts of fresh water but causes waterway pollution from farm runoff. The New Zealand government is developing a number of regulations to ensure a continuous and reliable supply of safe freshwater across the nation. At the same time it is recognizing that dairy production is a major part of the problem, with one cow requiring between 2000 and 4000 liters of water for every liter of milk, according to British journalist Fred Pearce.

Ms. Chambers, we appreciate this candid report describing the imminent scarcity of fresh water across the nation. May the wise government of New Zealand recommend such practices such as the vegan diet to secure the future abundance of this precious resource.

In an interview with James Bean of Spiritual Awakening Radio in the United States in July 2008, Supreme Master Ching Hai pointed out that rampant water shortages and waterway pollution worldwide are both largely the result of using animal products.

Supreme Master Ching Hai: Now concerning water: one serving of beef is 1200 gallons; one serving of chicken, 330 gallons and one complete vegan meal including tofu, rice, vegetables etc. is only 98 gallons. Now everybody was talking a lot about food shortage and water shortage, the main cause is again, livestock raising. That is not including the contamination of most world bodies of water and related usages.

We cannot afford it forever like this. We have to stop the meat consumption. We have to stop the meat, in order to even survive.

Stuck in the mud: plants on death row in changing world

The vast majority of plants are unable to adapt to global warming. A study recently published in the journal “Nature,” led by Dr. Mike Crisp of the Australian National University, documented more than 11,000 species of plants on Earth, making it the largest research effort of its kind. In tracing the plants’ history from Australia, New Zealand, Africa and South America, Dr. Crisp and his colleagues found that less than 4 per cent had been able to shift to new habitats.

Our heartfelt appreciation, Dr. Crisp and associates, for your study of the effects of global warming on plant life. May its alarming implications awaken us to the urgency of acting now to protect our irreplaceable ecosphere.

Threat from global warming escalated.

Serious consequences from global warming such as droughts, flooding and mass extinctions will occur with less warming than previously predicted. This was a key message put forth in a report from the United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) working with the US-based environmental research company Stratus Consulting. The report states that, with a warming of just 0.22 degrees Fahrenheit since the 1990s, the damaging and often fatal effects of climate change are already being seen through such extreme events as hurricanes, flooding, droughts and heat waves. This means that increased devastation is in our future if greenhouse gas emissions continue, raising temperatures even more.

Our sincere thanks, UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change and Stratus Consulting. Let us quicken our steps in acting now to save all lives on our shared planetary abode.

To help us better understand the grave urgency of possible scenarios for our planet, Supreme Master Ching Hai drew from the case of neighboring Mars, where tens of millions of years ago, global warming had built up past the point of no return. She shared these insights during a videoconference with Supreme Master Television staff on January 18, 2009.

Supreme Master Ching Hai: It happened so fast in the last two months that they had no time to prepare nothing. They never believed it’s going to happen, because it’s too fast. They know something may be going wrong, but they do not listen to the wise people, to the spiritual people who can see the future and who can know the cause and the effect of actions and reactions. Even then, they thought they have a lot of time, but they didn’t. In the past five years they have been warned, but they did not listen, they did not change. And then the last two months it happened just so fast, so fast, nobody even has time to even think. Ninety percent of the beings on Mars died just like that.