A week following the report by the United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), linking climate change to increasing disasters, a new document from another UN agency cautions leaders and the world of what global warming has in store if drastic actions are not taken. Supreme Master Television’s correspondent reports from Durban, South Africa.
Correspondent (F): Inside the conference rooms in Durban, negotiators are finalizing the first week of talks before their countries’ ministers and heads of state arrive next week. Outdoors, increasingly erratic weather patterns here in South Africa remind us that the time is now to act on climate change.
South African citizen (F): In Durban at this time of the year, it should be hot. And we’ve noticed there’s more strange weather going on. When we do have storms they’re more severe than what we’ve had in the past.
Correspondent (F): On Tuesday, a new, alarming report released by the United Nations World Meteorological Organization (WMO) stated that if global temperatures continue to rise, there is a point at which climate change would become irreversible. The report cited recent findings such as Arctic sea ice shrinking to record-low volumes in 2011, as well as it being the 10th hottest year sincerecords began in 1850.
Meanwhile, as extreme drought in East Africa has claimed tens of thousands of lives, the US saw 14 extreme weather disasters so far this year with damages of at least US$1 billion each, and Asia and Latin America were hit by deadly, widespread flooding.
Fernando Tudela – Mexican Vice Minister for Planning and Environmental Policy (M): The state of Tabasco has been underwater. They simply cannot cope with the floods. And currently this year, we are suffering in the north perhaps the worst drought in 70 years. Climate change is not just a possibility, it’s something that we are already suffering.
Muroko Japhet – Kenyan activist, PanAfrican Climate Justice Alliance; vegan (M): As we are talking now, our environment is in the intensive care unit. It needs real rescue.
Correspondent (F): With such urgent reflections being seen around the globe, members of the Supreme Master Ching Hai International Association have been campaigning for one major and effective way to lower temperatures – the organic vegan diet. They have been distributing SOS flyers and other literature, along with delicious vegan sandwiches, including at the nearby Climate Change Response Expo, set up by the South African Department of Environmental Affairs to invite organizations and companies to present their green initiatives. The response to the vegan solution has been excellent, with some even pledging to be veg.
Citizen – South Africa (F): After I’ve eaten this sandwich, I’ll become a vegetarian.
Youth climate activist (F): Part of our project is to do organic gardening, I think now I just found a reason to why should I plant more vegetables because I’m going to be a vegetarian now, since I tasted the sandwich.
Correspondent (F): Reporting from Durban, South Africa for Supreme Master Television.
VOICE: Our appreciation, government decision makers and other delegates for your efforts in Durban. May we navigate our world to safety through noble leadership and urgent endeavors, the most needed of which is the Earth-cooling organic vegan policy.
During a 2011 interview with the US-based Spiritual Awakening Radio, Supreme Master Ching Hai explained the root cause of the world’s calamities and urged the government leaders to use their power to save the planet.
Sources: Reuters, Bloomberg