From May 31 to June 11, approximately 4,500 participants met in subsidiary groups of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change, for further discussions leading up to the major December conference in Cancun, Mexico. Supreme Master Television’s correspondent brought this report from Bonn, Germany.
German correspondent (M): We're here in Bonn, Germany, where delegates of more than 180 countries convened for a new round of climate change talks. Focuses included emissions reduction commitments of industrialized countries, building the capacity of developing countries to measure emissions from deforestation, and others.
VOICE: While commending the progress made in initial sessions, UNFCCC Executive Secretary Yvo de Boer highlighted the necessity of continuing intense negotiation efforts.
Yvo de Boer - UNFCCC Executive Secretary (M): The fact remains that industrialized country pledges fall well short of that minus 25-40% range the Intergovernmental Panel for Climate Change (IPCC) says gives us a 50% chance to keep global temperature increase below two degrees.
Take all current pledges and plans from all countries, and we still won’t stop emissions growing in the next 10 years.
Correspondent (M): Members of the Supreme Master Ching Hai International Association also joined to advocate the fastest, most effective measure to stop global warming – an organic vegan diet and policy.
Daniela Tarizzo – Program Officer, UN Convention to Combat Desertification; Vegan (F): What you are doing is providing true information. Going vegan is definitely one of the solutions.
VOICE: Delegates received informative SOS flyers and enjoyed free vegan food, while international media groups also showed interest in our Association’s activities.
Massimo Pieri – President, Cooperativa Tecnico Scientifica di Base (UN consultant) Italy; Meatfree advocate (M): No meat, no animal, very good!
Delegate (F): Mmm! Very nice! Thank you, I like it! Can I have a bag? (receives SOS bag) Thank you!
Matthew McGrath – BBC Environment correspondent (M): In Copenhagen, I have to say, you guys did a great service in providing sandwiches to people.
Correspondent (M): Conference participants shared their thoughts on the plant-based diet solution to climate change.
Charles Hleronyml – Scientific adviser, Swiss Federal Office for the Environment (M): By adopting a vegetarian regime, you can contribute to help the planet.
Dr. Charles McNeill – Senior environment policy advisor, United Nation Development Program; Vegan (M): I am a vegan, and I’ve been very impressed by the impact on my personal health, but also perhaps even more importantly is the impact of a vegan diet on the planet.
Massimo Pieri – Physicist; Meatfree advocate (M): I dream of a world where eating animals is finished. Because we can obtain the same protein, or same energy we need from vegetables.
Killing animals is a very, very heavy responsibility, and I think there will be a world that we stop all that.
Correspondent (M): This is Supreme Master Television reporting from Bonn, Germany.
VOICE: We thank all the delegates and media involved in this summit for your concerted efforts to save our planet. Blessed be such committed endeavors in bringing meaningful outcomes for all nations, especially the much-needed organic vegan food policy.
Delegates: Be veg, go green, save the planet!
VOICE: Supreme Master Ching Hai has long urged government leadership to halt livestock emissions as the best way to cool the planet, as in this March 2009 videoconference in Mexico.