October 22, 2010

Planet heading for dangerous 2020 emission levels

Scientists have already forecast that if global average temperatures increase beyond an average of two degrees Celsius, the Earth will face catastrophic effects from climate change.

According to “Plugging the Gap,” a recent report issued by the World Wildlife Fund (WWF), the planet is currently warming at a rate that would result in temperatures far exceeding this two-degree limit.

The report stated, “Global greenhouse gas emissions under current policy settings could be up to nearly one-third more in 2020 than (what is) needed to avoid catastrophic climate change.” It went on to identify a series of recommended actions that would reduce emission levels to the level calculated as necessary for a temperature rise of two degrees Celsius or less. These include further emission reduction goals, especially by industrialized countries, as well as improvements in land use and forestry practices to ensure environmentally sustainable agriculture.

World Wildlife Fund, we appreciate your concern and confirmation of the urgency with which we must act to avert catastrophic climate change. May such information motivate us all toward the rapid adoption of planet-protecting measures.
During an August 2009 videoconference in Thailand, Supreme Master Ching Hai sent an urgent plea to world governments to do everything necessary to save their co-citizens from global disaster.

Supreme Master Ching Hai: To all the leaders, I call on them once more to put their love first for their countrymen and women, and for all the children to accept with courage the deed that must be done, to use the mighty power in their hands entrusted by people to save the world. The global livestock industry is now contributing as much to global warming as the energy sector, or even more.

And I know it contributes at least 80% of it. But if you allow me, I honestly say that what we are doing and planning now is not enough, and not fast enough and I bid you the courage and faith to do more and faster.

Lead the veg change. And please, be quick. Our days are numbered.

http://wwf.panda.org/wwf_news/?195454/2020-emissions-set-to-exceed--dangerous-levels-by-one-third
http://assets.panda.org/downloads/wwf_plugging_the_gap_final.pdf

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