May 9, 2009

World’s major rivers dropping due to climate change.

In evaluating stream flows between 1948 and 2004, researchers at the US National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR) found that the water flow in one third of the world’s largest rivers had become significantly reduced. Many factors affected this, including dams and water diverted for agriculture and industry. The scientists said these findings were consistent with their previous studies that showed drying and increased drought over land areas worldwide. They also noted that the diminished river flows had larger ecological and climate implications, as these giant rivers provide valuable deposits of nutrients and minerals when they pour out into the world’s oceans. Their content and flow thus affects ocean circulation, which itself plays a key role in regulating the world’s climate.

We appreciate your comprehensive studies, National Center for Atmospheric Research scientists in helping us understand the perilous balance of our water supplies. Let us all turn toward sustainable solutions to conserve this precious resource and return our Earth to equilibrium and peace.

During the March 2009 “Juice Fast for Peace” videoconference in California, USA, Supreme Master Ching Hai spoke of this very dilemma, suggesting the solution that is sure to bring relief to both people and the planet.

Videoconference with Supreme Master Ching Hai
March 7, 2009 – Culver City, California, USA

Supreme Master Ching Hai: We have water shortage and all the reservoirs are dwindling at such an alarming rate. Meat industry should be cut. That will help the planet. That will help to reserve our water, to refuel our lakes and our rivers again. That is physically and scientifically speaking. I’m not talking about the merit, the bad karmic contribution that we are doing to ourselves by harming others. If we forgo 1 pound of beef, we can save more water than we stop showering for half a year. So if we really want to save the water for the world, then we have to change to a vegetarian diet, animal-free diet. Animal industry must be out.

Wilkins Ice shelf disintegrating.

The European Space Agency (EPA) has announced that this vast shelf, which had separated from the Arctic Peninsula, is now beginning to break up itself. With a bridge connecting the Wilkins Ice Shelf to the Peninsula having already disintegrated on April 5, scientists are saying that these events represent the most severe polar ice casualty in two decades. David Vaughan from the British Antarctic Survey, said, "There is little doubt that these changes are the result of atmospheric warming on the Antarctic Peninsula, which has been the most rapid in the Southern Hemisphere."

European Space Agency and British Antarctic Survey scientists, we appreciate your careful observations alerting us of the Antarctic’s plight. With Heaven’s grace, may this trend be halted through our swift steps together in greater consideration of all beings.

During an August 2008 videoconference in Vancouver, Canada, Supreme Master Ching Hai once again conveyed her concern for our planet as she called on the public to reverse the damaging effects of global warming by quickly switching to the plant-based diet.

Videoconference with Supreme Master Ching Hai
Vancouver Center, Canada – August 24, 2008

Supreme Master Ching Hai: The time of disappearing of the ice means also the spelling of trouble for our planet. Of course it would be better if we already saved the planet before the ice melted. But as it is, we can only do the best we can and trying to inform everybody to save themselves by being vegetarian. If the ice melts quicker, then, of course, we have shorter time to save the planet. But nevertheless because people are joining the vegetarian diet, then we still can manage to save the world. Not complete, and not as much as we wanted if we have more time, but still better than nothing.

Bolivian indigenous people at risk of extinction due to climate change.

The Uru Chipaya have survived throughout the years on the edges of a Bolivian salt desert because of water supplied by the Lauca River. Now, global warming-related drought has caused the river to dry up. Mr. Juan Condori of the Uru Chipaya said, “The Chipaya could cease to exist within the next 50 years. The most important thing is water. If there is no water the Chipaya have no life.” Bolivian President Evo Morales has stated that his government will partner with indigenous peoples at this year’s upcoming climate change summit in Denmark to advocate more strongly for developed countries to limit their greenhouse gas emissions.

We pray for the protection of the Uru Chipaya and other indigenous peoples through these urgent times. Let us work together in adopting truly sustainable lifestyles to ensure the survival of all humankind.

In an international seminar on August 20, 2008, Supreme Master Ching Hai once again expressed her concern and explained how a global shift to a vegan diet could actually restore fresh water supplies and other natural resources to the Earth.

International Seminar
August 20, 2008

Supreme Master Ching Hai: Meat consumption is the one that takes away all things. Water, cereals, and the vegetable protein, up to 85 percent of it. So, it’s taking away a lot of the world resources. And water, 70 percent of it. So even if we don’t shower, we don’t brush teeth, it amounts to nothing when they don’t stop eating meat. We’re going to damage this planet. The resources will be running out. It’s already running out.

Study of ancient coral reef shows catastrophic rise in sea levels.

According to a recent study by Dr Paul Blanchon, marine scientist from the National Autonomous University of Mexico, rapid ice melt of the Antarctic and Greenland ice sheets could lead to sea level rises of several meters, which would inundate international cities like London in the United Kingdom; New York, USA; Tokyo, Japan, and Calcutta, India. With research that focused on fossilized Gulf of Mexico coral reefs dating back 121,000 years, Dr. Blanchon found that warmer temperatures at the time led to the disintegration of the same ice sheets now concerning scientists, causing a rapid jump in sea level at that time. With today’s fast melting of ice in the Antarctic and Greenland, this study on ancient coral reefs warns of the current potential for a disastrous sea-level rise if climate change is not mitigated.

Our sincere thanks, Dr. Blanchon and colleagues for your study that confirms humanity’s precarious situation and the need for all of us to act now to save our planetary home.

In a December 2008 videoconference held in California, USA, Supreme Master Ching Hai called on all global citizens to adopt a more caring lifestyle that halts devastating consequences such as these, thus conserving our lives and the planet.

Videoconference with Supreme Master Ching Hai
California, USA – December 12, 2008

Supreme Master Ching Hai: So many islands have sunk under water already. Many coastal cities’ land has been eroded. Two thousand more islands are sinking, and 18 islands–for what we have known, maybe more, but we don’t know—18 islands including small nation islands already gone, disappeared under water, sometimes 6 meters under water already, and another 40 are or at risk of sinking, or uninhabitable or begins to be uninhabitable because they cannot cultivate anymore because the land became inundated with salty water already.

I want to plead with all the planet people. Please stop killing animals. Please have compassion. Please turn to vegetarian diet. Please be vegan. That is to save yourselves and your children.

Supreme Master Ching Hai: So, organic vegan diet is the answer.

Ground level ozone responsible for increased mortality.

After studying 500,000 people in the US over an 18-year period, Dr. Michael Jerrett of the University of California-Berkeley and colleagues found that residents of the regions with the highest levels of atmospheric ozone were 25% to 30% more likely to succumb to lung disease than those living where the air was more pure. Dr. Jarret Jerrett stated, “We now know that controlling ozone is not only beneficial for mitigating global warming, but that it could also have near-term benefits in the reduction of deaths from respiratory causes. This is the first time we've been able to connect chronic exposure to ozone, one of the most widespread pollutants in the world, with the risk of death.” Ground level ozone is a component of smog, which is one of the main factors of respiratory conditions.

Dr. Jarret Jerrett and colleagues at the University of California – Berkeley, we thank you for clarifying the adverse effect of ozone emissions on health and the environment. May your findings inspire our renewed efforts toward sustainable lifestyles to restore the planet’s ecosphere.

At an international gathering with our Association members in February 2008, Supreme Master Ching Hai shared her relatively early insights on the health effects of atmospheric pollutants and the solution to the global warming caused by such agents.
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Call for twenty-year ban on fishing in one-third of the world’s oceans.

A review of 100 scientific reports on restoring fish populations by Dr. Callum Roberts, marine conservation professor at the University of York in the United Kingdom revealed a consensus recommendation toward protection of 20 to 40 percent of the sea. Currently only 0.8 percent of the world’s oceans are protected. Dr. Roberts further stated that technological developments have allowed extreme fishing exploitation of previously untouched areas, leading to the collapse of many marine environments. US-based environmental organization Friends of the Earth, along with UK-based charities Marine Conservation Society and the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds all support a 30 percent closure of the world’s oceans to help restore depleted fish numbers.

Our gratitude Dr. Roberts, Friends of the Earth, Marine Conservation Society and Royal Society for the Protection of Birds for bringing to the public’s attention the dire state of our precious marine life. Let us easily cease all consumption of fish through the Earth-saving plant-based diet and rejoice as life in the seas flourishes once again.

During a July 2008 videoconference in Germany, Supreme Master Ching Hai spoke of the oceans and our need in this case to spare the lives of fish, reminding of their unique contributions to the marine world, which itself is a vital aspect of our environment.


Videoconference with Supreme Master Ching Hai
Hamburg Center, Germany – July 18, 2008

Supreme Master Ching Hai: Because, fishing eating is also very depleting to planetary ecosystem. They have proven that overfishing of sardines has resulted in many dead zones. They are there for maybe oxidizing the ocean, give life to some other kind of species or cleaning the environment. Whatever the species that God has left on the planet, they have work to do. Just like humans, we have work to do. Animals, they have work to do. Even little fish like sardines, they have work to do. It's just many humans think it is a little fish; they think they're useless so they fish them up and eat them. But they're very, very useful to our ecosystem and to the health of the planet, and, consequently, to the health of humans and all beings on it.

Drought-stressed trees sensitized to rising temperatures.

A study at the University of Arizona’s Biosphere 2 in the USA showed that piñon pine trees would lose their lives five times faster from an atmospheric 4 degree Celsius increase in temperature. This was the first time that scientists isolated and studied heat as a factor in trees’ fatalities during drought. Professor David Bresheers of the school’s Natural Resources department said, "The Biosphere 2 experiment is a critical next step to understanding how global climate change can trigger large-scale vegetation changes in dramatically short timescales."

Thank you Professor Bresheers and University of Arizona Biosphere 2 lab researchers, for these significant findings on the potential impacts of climate change. Let us act now in preserving the life-giving trees to restore our verdant ecosphere.

During a January 2009 international global warming videoconference in Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia, Supreme Master Ching Hai highlighted the importance of the choosing the noble way of life in order to save the Earth from the detrimental consequences of global warming.


Videoconference with Supreme Master Ching Hai Global Warming – SOS International Conference
January 27, 2009 – Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia

Supreme Master Ching Hai: Only now, when the planet starts heating up, then we begin to do research about the harmful effect of a meat diet. So, we all know that it’s hard to quit this, but it’s harder to lose our planet. It’s harder to lose this only home for our children. If we have a choice, exchange that piece of meat for the whole planet, and all the lives and everything else on the planet, all the comfort and the inventions, all the life that we’re having, it is worth it. But people must know why, they must be informed. If people know what it is, why they should stop eating meat, I think they will stop right away, if they know.

Âu Lạc’s (Vietnam’s) coastal biodiversity dwindling

Âu Lạc’s (Vietnam’s) coastal biodiversity dwindling. The coral reefs of Âu Lạc provide sustenance for marine life and safeguard residents from natural disasters. However, according to the nation’s General Department of Sea and Islands, pollution and activities such as fishing have damaged some 80 percent of the nation’s coral reefs. In addition, studies by the Institute of Oceanography indicate that deforestation, farming practices and urban development have caused a huge loss of mangrove forests, which protect coastlines and freshwater supplies, reducing their expanse from 255,000 hectares in 1990 to 155,300 hectares today. This has also increased the risk of land salinization and freshwater pollution.

Our thankfulness, General Department of Sea and Islands and Institute of Oceanography for informing us of these adverse human effects on the natural environment. Let us quickly turn to more considerate and eco-conscious ways for a return of the vibrant flora and fauna of both land and sea.

In a May 2008 live videoconference for the SOS! International Seminar on Global Warming in Seoul, Korea, Supreme Master Ching Hai explained that once we realize the damage caused by our actions, we can reverse them to show care and help restore the environment.


Videoconference with Supreme Master Ching Hai
for the SOS! International Seminar on Global Warming Seoul, Korea - May 22, 2008

Supreme Master Ching Hai: We have been massacring our co-inhabitant animals, and we have been destroying our environment like deforesting and destroying the water and destroying the air. So in order to solve the problem that we are facing right now, we have to reverse our actions. We have to be kind to our co-inhabitants. Instead of killing them, massacring them, sacrificing them, we have to take care of them. And instead of deforestation, we have to plant trees again. Take care of whatever environment that we have. And instead of polluting our planet, the air, we have to turn to friendly energy and sustainable energy. Just reverse our action.

Greenhouse gases could interfere with ozone recovery.

Scientists at the US National Aeronautics and Space Agency (NASA) and Johns Hopkins University in Maryland, USA have reported the finding that greenhouse gases limit the circulation of ozone in certain regions of the upper atmosphere. The effect of this is that the healing of the ozone layer, whose depletion was caused by previous use of chlorofluorocarbons (CFCs) and other chemicals, may be much slower in tropical zones. The scientists note that although greenhouse gases actually cool the upper stratosphere, allowing the ozone layer to heal more quickly, these recently discovered circulation changes appear to offset that benefit in tropical areas, thus limiting or even delaying the healing effect indefinitely. Professor Feng Li of NASA stated, “Most studies of ozone and global change have focused on cooling in the upper stratosphere. But we find circulation is just as important. It's not one process or the other, but both."

Our sincere appreciation, Professor Feng Li , National Aeronautics and Space Agency and Johns Hopkins researchers, for helping us to understand the multiple challenges the planet faces from greenhouse gas emissions. We pray for rapid Earth-saving actions to preserve all life across the globe.

In December 2006, during a retreat with our Association members in Germany, Supreme Master Ching Hai shared her concern and insights about the possible consequences of a destabilized atmosphere.


Excerpt from Supreme Master Ching Hai’s lecture
Germany December 31, 2006

Supreme Master Ching Hai: If it’s warm you jump into the water, but if it’s too cold I don’t know if you have enough thing to keep you warm. It might get freezing even after the warming period. Do you understand me?

Because sometime the pollution, it damage the ozone layer. Yes and then all the heat maybe escape. After a while we don’t have any heat. And then maybe too much pollution cover the sun and everything and maybe too much changing. And then everything will go so bad and it might be freezing even, that’s even worse also.

So many things can happen, and it can happen soon. So right now it’s time for all the people of every country should get together and think of the solution quick.

Formosa (Taiwan) endangered by rising sea levels.

In the wake of global warming, sea levels are also increasing, placing islands such as of Formosa (Taiwan) in a precarious state. Dr. Fan Kuang-Lung of National Taiwan University’s Institute of Oceanography of has been examining the tidal levels of Formosa’s four harbors since in 1991, and has been noting their steady increase.

Dr. Fan Kuang-Lung, National Taiwan University, Institute of Oceanography, Formosa (M): In the recent 10 years, the average sea level has risen 3.2 centimeters. It may seem not so serious that the sea level is 3 centimeters higher over 10 years, but in fact, it’s very serious.

VOICE: A rise in sea level has direct impacts such as increased occurrence of damaging coastal erosion, with harm to wetland ecosystems and loss of land upon which countless people’s livelihoods depend.

Our sincere appreciation, Dr. Fan Kuang-Lung for your efforts to raise public awareness of the need to address these consequences of global warming. Let us all heed these alarming signs and turn to nobler Earth-conscious lifestyles.

In August 2008, during a videoconference with our Association members in Formosa, Supreme Master Ching Hai spoke about the grave state of islands such as Formosa, and urged that we avoid natural disasters through kinder care for the lives on the planet.

Videoconference with Supreme Master Ching Hai
Penghu Center Formosa (Taiwan) August 2, 2008

Supreme Master Ching Hai: Many people living on the islands are migrating to other countries and other islands because their islands are submerging and they can’t live there anymore. It’s not just affecting the fish, shrimp, and other sea creatures. It’s terrifying. It’s very scary. I just hope that people will wake up soon. Otherwise, this disaster is unimaginable.

You still need to continue to do your noble work, such as reminding people to be vegetarian, helping the Earth to reduce the killing karma.

Top climate scientist Dr. James Hansen speaks of our planetary emergency

Presenting the 2009 Walter Orr Roberts Distinguished Lecture during the Conference on World Affairs held at the University of Colorado, USA, Dr. James Hansen, respected climatologist and Director of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration’s Goddard Institute for Space Studies, spoke of the urgency of addressing climate change. Regarding the current state of atmospheric greenhouse gases, he noted, “We have already passed into the dangerous zone.” Dr. Hansen went on to say that if such gas emissions are not reduced immediately, “We would be sending the planet toward an ice free state. We would … be creating a very different planet, and chaos for our children.”

In an interview with Supreme Master Television on March 19, Dr. Hansen offered two key preventative actions.

Dr. James Hansen – World leading climatologist, Chief of NASA Goddard Institute for Space Studies, USA (M): On a personal basis, perhaps the most important thing you can do is change your diet to a more vegetarian diet, because that is a major contributor to carbon, to not only carbon dioxide, but also methane and other greenhouse gases. You also have to put pressure on the politicians to address the coal issue. If we could do those two things, then the planet would be on much safer grounds.

VOICE: Our grateful thanks, Dr. Hansen and all brave scientists who are sounding the alarm about our need to act now in caring for the fragile environment. Let us heed your call toward swift actions to protect our only Earthly home.

In July 2008, the videoconference entitled “Climate Change International Conference” was held in West Hollywood, California, USA with experts on health, science and the media. Highlighting the endangered situation of our planet, Supreme Master Ching Hai called on all people to turn to most urgently needed solution of the animal-free diet.


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.

Heat wave claims numerous lives in Australia.

According to a recently released report by Victoria state’s Chief Medical Officer Dr. John Carnie, the state experienced a 62 percent increase in fatalities between January 26 and February 1 of this year. Within that one week, as many as 347 people are believed to have lost their lives to the unusual 15 degree Celsius above average temperatures during that period, with the highest temperature topping 45.1 degrees Celsius. The majority of the victims were elderly or chronically ill who were less capable of adapting to such sudden variations in weather. In response, the Victoria state government has announced expansion of a registry program to monitor and help ensure the well-being of the elderly living on their own.

We are sorrowed to hear of the lives lost due to the extreme climatic conditions of global warming. Our prayers for humanity’s caring stewardship of the planet to restore nature’s gentle stability.

In a videoconference with our Association members in Australia on August 17, 2008, Supreme Master Ching Hai conveyed once again the importance of an animal-free diet as a solution to global warming along with her optimism about its widespread adoption in time to save our planet.

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

Supreme Master Ching Hai: At the point of no return that would be rolling downhill then. No change can be taken place anymore. Nothing can help anymore at that time. And there may be nobody survives, or maybe very little, a handful of people survive because of their spiritual merit. But then will be also difficult for them to continue in this kind of condition. I don’t wish to have to teach you this. There is no need to talk about this right now because we still have time. Let’s hope we will change the course of the disaster. I really am hopeful. I’m feeling positive about it, I feel positive that people will change. Not only in Australia that we will avoid disaster, but everywhere in the world. That’s what I am positive about. I feel people will change; the majority of people will change. And I only need 2/3 of the population of the planet that change, then we can save the world and repair the planet.

Supreme Master Ching Hai: And the vegetarian people will live happily on the world full of abundance, loving and kind.

Arctic ice getting thinner and thinner

Reporting at their 31st annual end-of-winter survey, US-based organizations National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) and the National Snow and Ice Data Center (NSIDC), stated that over 90 percent of Arctic sea ice is now only one or two years old, with only 10 percent being older, thick ice. This is in contrast to the 1980s, when the thicker ice that lasts two years or longer made up 30 to 40 percent of the total ice cover. This year’s cover is thus not expected to last the summer season. Moreover, as less and less ocean is covered by the sunlight-reflecting ice, more heat is absorbed, leading to further changes in climate and ecosystems. Already, summer temperatures in the Arctic have increased as much as nine 9 degrees Fahrenheit more than predicted by the United Nations Intergovernmental Panel for Climate Change (IPCC). As stated by Dr. Walt Meier of the NSIDC: “We're in a very precarious situation.”

Our appreciation, National Aeronautics and Space Administration, the National Snow and Ice Data Center, Dr. Meier and colleagues for this vital information about the grave condition of our ecosphere. We pray that more leaders and individuals respond with actions of compassion to safeguard the existence we share with all beings on Earth.

Supreme Master Ching Hai has emphasized numerous times that we must first be veg to have enough time to save the planet. The following is an excerpt from Supreme Master Ching Hai’s July 2008 discussion via videoconference with Supreme Master Television staff in California, USA.

Videoconference with Supreme Master Ching Hai
Supreme Master Television staff California, USA July 31, 2008

Supreme Master Ching Hai: Right now, even if we already produce the new technology yesterday, we still don’t have enough time. That is the urgency of our planet. Even if technology is already available, we don’t have enough time. Because it’s not CO2 that is the most troublesome, it’s the methane from animal raising, and it is also the hydrogen sulfide.

And moreover, nature also produces CO2 in some form. And also from the Arctic seabed and from the permafrost. We can’t win. We can’t win if we wait for technology. I just hope they don’t wait for technology or anything else, except vegetarian diet. That’s all we have to rely on now, vegetarian diet, the compassionate lifestyle. Spare other’s lives, then you will beget life. Like attracts like. This law never fails.

USGS Identifies Watersheds Contributing to Dead Zone

Watersheds contributing to Gulf of Mexico dead zone identified. The United States Geological Survey (USGS) recently reported 150 watersheds, or geographic water runoff regions, spanning nine Midwestern US states that are responsible for more than 70 percent of the 8,000 square-kilometer oceanic dead zone in the Gulf of Mexico, a growing area of water that is unable to support life. The cause of this watershed contamination is animal manure and commercial fertilizers, with the contaminants draining into the Mississippi River basin, which then flows south into the Gulf of Mexico. Also highlighted in the report is a growing ethanol industry originating from fertilizer-intensive corn, which pollutes the Gulf as well as state waterways.

Our appreciation, US Geological Survey for revealing the detrimental effects of livestock raising and conventional farming methods, which reach even beyond the nation’s boundaries. Let us switch immediately to organic farming and a plant-based lifestyle to end environmental devastations such as these.

At the March 2009 SOS Save the Planet climate change conference in Xalapa City, Mexico, attended by Mexican dignitaries and many other participants, honored guest Supreme Master Ching Hai spoke via videoconference about the solution for the dead zone in the Gulf of Mexico, among other harbingers of global warming faced by the country.

Videoconference with Supreme Master Ching Hai
SOS: Save the Planet Xalapa, Mexico March 6, 2009

Supreme Master Ching Hai: It’s already almost 8,000 square mile dead zone and now it’s going to increase larger. Dead zones are ocean areas that no longer contain enough oxygen to support marine life. River run off laden with nitrates of farm fertilizers are a main cause of these oxygen deprived areas. With this year’s Gulf of Mexico zone expected to extend beyond 10,000 square miles. There are surely more terrible situations in Mexico that are not checked, due to our carelessness in taking care of the environment, and the global warming resulting thereof.

We still have hope, high hope to save the planet. We still have several more years to save the planet, but we are counting down the days. You just be vegetarian, and then you ask anybody who you know to be vegetarian with you. That’s the most simple solution and the most effective to save the planet, according to scientific research, according to medical research, and according to all the religious advice.

Global shift to vegan diet would reduce emissions and mitigate costs 80%.

Governments worldwide are challenged with the task of reducing greenhouse gas emissions that cause global warming. The Netherlands Environmental Assessment Agency analyzes and makes recommendations for Dutch and international policy for environmental sustainability.

In February, researchers issued a proposal involving a dietary change that would also reduce the cost of mitigating global warming. Department Director Dr. Joop Oude Lohuis said in a phone interview that this study was one of a growing number being conducted in Europe.

Dr. Joop Oude Lohuis – Department Director, Netherlands Environmental Assessment Agency (M): We are now at the point that science has more and better numbers on the effect of changing our diet and eating less meat. So there is more consensus on that side if you look at the total picture of the chain. It did lead to several heavy discussions in Germany, in the Netherlands, some in Belgium and in the UK.

VOICE: The Netherlands study, entitled “Climate Benefits of Changing Diet,” analyzed the entire chain of animal-raising activities from field to fork. It calculated the monetary cost of halting climate change, which was defined as stabilizing atmospheric CO2 at the level of 450 parts per million.
The report concluded that US$20 trillion, or 50 percent of a total US$40 trillion estimated cost, could be saved from the global shift to a low-meat diet.

What would happen in the case of a vegetarian or vegan diet?

Dr. Joop Oude Lohuis (M): If you would go for a completely meatless diet in the next 10-15 years, then in the year 2050 you would have a 70% reduction of attaining the climate goals That is a substantial cost reduction in getting to the same climate targets.

VOICE: Going even further, the researchers found that a completely vegan diet with no animal products would save an enormous 80% by 2050. What’s more, another benefit was discovered. Because plant-based diets produce much more food for humans than meat and dairy-based diets, some of the land not used to grow livestock could be turned back into carbon-absorbing forests, which are known to help reduce CO2 emissions.

Dr. Joop Oude Lohuis (M): We assumed that the grasslands that were not used by cattle anymore would go back to their natural state. For that reason, several parts of the world will grow forests and retain carbon in terms of more woodland.

VOICE: Dr. Oude Lohuis said the trend toward plant-based alternatives to meat has already gained momentum as consumers learn about meat’s harm to health and the environment.

Dr. Joop Oude Lohuis (M): If you look around in shops, maybe two years ago there were four, five, or six alternatives in terms of soy products or alternatives for a piece of meat. And now it has quadrupled; maybe there are 20 or 25.It’s a very easy way to change your buying behavior and have a fantastic quality of your meal. It saves lives as well.

VOICE: We thank Dr. Joop Oude Lohuis and the Netherlands Environmental Assessment Agency for demonstrating to us the tremendous power of a plant-based diet in reducing both financial costs and our carbon footprint. May we all quickly make this free and immediately beneficial choice to save lives and our planet.

In July 2008, during a videoconference with our Association members in the United States, Supreme Master Ching Hai once more encouraged the worldwide trend toward vegetarianism.

All those positive changes do indicate the higher level of consciousness as the world population become more aware of the ephemeral nature of life and how fragile the planet can be and realizing their lifestyle habits should be changed. So now they begin to treat the environment with respect.
They begin to have more vegetarian choice. It’s good to see.
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All that change is good. And if we hasten this process, there will be Heaven on Earth. I hope we can make it. Just change to vegetarian diet. How easier can it be!

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