Uruguay's National Emergency System has announced that more than 47,000 residents have been displaced by climate change-induced natural disasters such as floods or droughts between 1997 and 2005.
With the country’s economy also affected, the International Organization for Migration has called for a national conference to discuss ways to mitigate the consequences. Official records show that rainfall across Uruguay has increased since 2004, setting off more flooding, while drought periods have also become more extensive.
Meanwhile, the country’s weather models forecast further increases in minimum temperatures and more periods of extreme rainfall.
We appreciate this alert to the further adverse effects of climate change, National Emergency System scientists, and pray that a balanced ecosphere is restored to the Uruguayans and all people through our global adoption of sustainable practices that preserve lives and the Earth.
Supreme Master Ching Hai has long reminded of the urgency of implementing measures to safeguard citizens from such disasters, as in an October 2009 videoconference address to government magistrates in Mexico.