April 19, 2010

Mekong River nations join to seek climate solutions

Leaders from Thailand, Cambodia, Laos and Âu Lạc (Vietnam), along with delegations from China and Myanmar, recently convened to discuss how to best overcome the challenges of global warming as it affects the Mekong River.

Record low levels threaten water supplies to tens of millions of people and their crop fields. Regions of China and Âu Lạc have been facing their worst droughts in close to a century, while the Mekong River itself has been at its lowest point in two decades.

Meanwhile, agricultural regions throughout the Mekong Delta have been severely affected by salinated water due to rising sea levels. Summit participants concluded by agreeing to strengthen cooperation to improve the sustainable management of the Mekong River and protect livelihoods by sharing water usage data so that farmers can better cope with changes.

Mekong River nations, we laud your cooperation as we share concern for the climate impacts on people’s food security and survival.

May Heaven protect the well-being of your fellow citizens as we pray that all nations work to restore our vital rivers through wise daily lifestyle choices. As during an August 2009 videoconference in Thailand, Supreme Master Ching Hai has often discussed such urgent situations as the Mekong Delta and other regions of the globe, while highlighting the most effective remedy.

Supreme Master Ching Hai: In Âu Lạc (Vietnam), you probably know of global warming related problems such as the untimely flooding and encroachment of the sea of the Mekong Delta region, both of which have caused havoc and further threat to the region’s vital rice and fruit crops.

This is due to a combination of sea levels rising, along with the effect of melting glaciers, which are now causing excessive floods but eventually will cause drought and vastly diminished water supplies as well.

So we must work quickly to avoid such unwanted outcomes. And the most effective way is the organic vegan diet, organic vegetable farming. So please, be veg, and tell everyone else of these benefits.


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