May 26, 2010

UN Secretary General calls for urgent halt to biodiversity loss

Speaking on Friday, May 21 for the annual commemoration of the International Day for Biodiversity, United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon warned that the current rates of flora and fauna loss are pushing ecosystems to points beyond which they can no longer sustain life.

Among the actions already recommended to reverse these declines is reducing livestock raising, already recognized by the UN as a significant cause of biodiversity loss. The organization’s most recent "Third Global Biodiversity Outlook" report goes on to suggest decreasing meat consumption, also highlighting the need to remove subsidies and promote market incentives that encourage healthier food options and use of natural resources.

Secretary General Ban stated, "Let us reflect on the root causes of biodiversity decline and take action to arrest it. Let us adjust policies and mindsets to reflect the true value of species and habitats. Let us recognize that biodiversity is life — our life. Let us act now to preserve it, before it is too late."

Ban Ki-moon: We need focused action. We know what we need to do. We know what works. The time for delay is over. The time for delivery is now.

We join in concern, Your Excellency, as we also laud the work of the United Nations and all scientists working to raise awareness of our critical global state. Let us heed the urgency of our time and turn to the lifesaving plant-based lifestyle to restore the treasured life forms of our world.

Supreme Master Ching Hai has often echoed the imperative need for humanity to protect nature’s creations on Earth, as during an October 2009 videoconference in Hong Kong.

Supreme Master Ching Hai: A lot of the ecological and environmental news today is not very good due to the effects of global warming. We hear about glaciers melting, water becoming more scarce, rising food shortages, rising food prices with over one billion people going hungry every day, animals becoming extinct and many species gone forever and so on and so forth.

But even though our time is running out, we do still have time to save this beautiful planet and restore it to its original splendor, or even more so if all turn to the vegan diet.

As it has already been mentioned, recent research shows that more than 50% of emissions which heat up our planet, which put our lives in danger, which put our world into the perilous situation of mass extinction, are from the livestock industry.

The solution is at hand for each and every one of us, which is simply to forego animal products and become vegan – one small change; it’s no big deal.

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