A recent United Nations report on biodiversity warns that ecosystems may be headed towards permanent damage as countries fail to achieve goals to protect animal and plant life.
The report, entitled "Global Biodiversity Outlook 3," identifies vulnerable ecosystems that are headed towards irreparable decline, including coral reefs, many of which are collapsing due to overfishing as well as increased ocean warming and acidity.
The report goes on to cite the Amazon rainforest as being at risk due to continued deforestation, which in turn spurs further global warming and the massive loss of plant and animal species.
Finally, contamination from pollutants such as livestock runoff are rendering many freshwater lakes and rivers unable to support life.
Executive Secretary of the Convention on Biological Diversity of the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) Ahmed Djoghlaf emphasized, "We continue to lose biodiversity at a rate never before seen in history – extinction rates may be up to 1,000 times higher than the historical background rate." The report’s authors call for urgent action to protect natural habitats, pointing out that a fraction of the money spent to avoid economic downturns would prevent a much more serious and fundamental collapse of the Earth's life support systems.
United Nations scientists and officials, we are thankful for your message that conveys the need to address our planet’s dire state. Let us join in protecting human life and all species by adopting lifestyles that show our care. Supreme Master Ching Hai has also frequently mentioned the critical need for action to halt such devastating changes, as during an interview published in the December 16, 2009 edition of The Irish Dog Journal.