With some of the warmest temperatures and driest spring conditions in decades, concerns of European farmers are being raised as wheat, corn and other crops are threatened.
In France, the nation's Nuclear Safety Authority is studying plans to ensure that nuclear power plants depending upon the Loire and Rhône Rivers have adequate water to cool the plants' reactors.
Meanwhile, transport companies using the Rhine and the River Danube in both Austria and Germany have reduced ship cargo weights due to waters having dropped to their lowest levels in 100 years.
Meanwhile across the ocean in Cuba, a drought that is the worst in 50 years has left over 100,000 people in the city of Havana reliant on water being delivered by trucks, with access to running water allowed only for a few hours each day.
The eastern province of Las Tunas has also been severely affected, with over 220 communities requiring outside water sources as firefighters also cope with dozens of blazes that have ignited because of the drought.
We pray for easing of the dry conditions and the blessing of gentle rain across both Cuba and Europe. May such conditions be eased as we all join in caring more conscientiously for our shared Earthly abode.
Videoconference with Supreme Master Ching Hai and Supreme Master Television staff, Los Angeles, California, USA – January 1, 2011