Some scientists believe the last Ice Age caused all but a few hundred humans to perish around 195,000 years ago. Although sudden climate change at that time was considered to be the cause for the vanishing of many other species, Professor Curtis Marean of the Institute of Human Origins at Arizona State University in the USA believes the humans who did survive took shelter in a South African cave some 240 miles from present-day Cape Town.
Having found ancient human artifacts there dating back 164,000 years, be believes this small strip of land, which at that time was surrounded by lush vegetation, may have been the only habitable place on the planet.
Thank you Professor Marean, for reminding us of the fact that a changing climate can render the Earth uninhabitable for many humans and other species. May we all work to avert such a disaster through our swift, planet-protective actions.
During an international gathering with our Association members in February 2009, Supreme Master Ching Hai discussed the real prospect as well as current attempts of emergency protection against drastic climate change.