June 2, 2010

Âu Lạc’s (Vietnam) wetlands endangered by climate change

At a recent forum about global warming effects on biodiversity, Dr. Hoàng Nghĩa Sơn, Director of the Institute of Tropical Biology of Âu Lạc warned of the threats facing the nation’s mangrove forests. With salt water already encroaching and sea levels expected to rise at least one meter by the end of this century, more than eight national parks and 11 nature reserves would be flooded, destroying many species of plant and animals.

At the same forum, Dr. Lê Anh Tuấn of Cần Thơ University's Natural Resources and Environment Department emphasized that other effects of climate change such as rising temperatures, irregular rainfall, and increasingly extreme weather is also negatively affecting wetland biodiversity.

Many thanks, Dr. Lê Anh Tuấn, Dr. Hoàng Nghĩa Sơn and all associates for your voiced concern about this urgent situation.

Let us act now in treading more lightly on the planet so that the beautiful flora and fauna of Âu Lạc and the world may continue to flourish. In a July 2009 interview published in the Irish Sunday Independent, Supreme Master Ching Hai, as on previous occasions, likewise spoke of the critical need for action to preserve life in the Mekong Delta and the world.

Supreme Master Ching Hai: We can find examples in many places. Those low-lying countries with major river deltas upon which millions of people depend to survive – they are seeing eroded coastlines already, dramatically.

Supreme Master Ching Hai: Imagine it’s us, it’s our house. You wake up and you have no home anymore, or you’d be even maybe drowned in the river. Nobody even knows, nobody even cares.

Salt water has also been invading farm lands in Egypt’s Nile River delta, where 32 million people reside, and in Âu Lạc’s (Vietnam) Mekong River Delta, home to at least 18 million.

These tragic examples are just a few of the many on our planet, and illustrate the urgent need to halt the effects of global warming, with the quickest way being to adopt the vegan organic diet, which is so simple and easy, as we have mentioned many times.

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