COP 17: Urgent action still needed on climate change.
Leading up to the
conclusion of this year’s United Nations climate change talks in South
Africa, Supreme Master Television spoke with meeting participants.
Especially highlighted was awareness of the most urgent and effective
planet-cooling solution, the organic vegan diet.
Correspondent (M): It
has been an intense two weeks of discussions for the United Nations
delegates here in Durban, South Africa. Delegates now returning home
know clearly that there is still a lot more to be done.
And world citizens pray that climate change will stay high on the agenda. Climate change impacts are real and dangerous.
Dr. Andries Kruger – Chief Scientist, South African Weather Service (M):
You will have a vast amount of melting of the permafrost which will
release a lot of methane and carbon dioxide. And the methane is actually
the biggest concern because of its powerful ability to retain heat, and
absorb heat. And that has the ability to cause rapid climate change and
runaway climate change, at the end.
It's also been encouraging to find that delegates are supportive of the
organic vegan diet solution, given the research that warns of meat’s
detrimental effects on health and the environment.
The issue was even discussed by experts in several events.
Prof. Sir Andrew Haines – former Director, London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine (M): We
often forget the food and agriculture sector – major contributor to
global warming. The main driver is increasing demand for animal
products, for meat and dairy. And we’ve estimated that if you could
reduce animal source saturated fats
in countries like the UK and Brazil, we could reduce heart disease deaths by about 15% in those two countries.
Parks Tau - Executive Mayor of Johannesburg (M): A healthy lifestyle means more vegetables. And of course, we need to encourage that.
Miracle Samuel Lekuku – South Africa activist (M): We
don’t have much time! And the more we do to promote our good vegetarian
lifestyle, the better it will be for our future generations.
Julie Clark – Manager, Drylands Funds, South Africa; vegetarian (F): If
you’re going to revere God’s creation, you’re going to look after your
own health, your family’s health, your friends’ health, do the right
thing to save the Earth. You’re going to have to go vegetarian, you
actually have no choice.
Correspondent (M): Meanwhile,
members of the Supreme Master Ching Hai International Association
distributed, in total, over 20,000 SOS flyers, 26,000 DVDs, 24,000
copies of Supreme Master Ching Hai’s book, “From Crisis to Peace,” and
more than 40,000 servings of tasty vegan fare.
Dhashen Moodley –
Radio producer/presenter, South African Broadcasting Corporation;
vegetarian (M): It’s an organization that obviously has realized that
there’s a change that we can make on a very small level, just changing
what’s in your plate, can have a big impact on climate change. I think
that’s very commendable.
Correspondent (M): Supreme Master Television, Durban, South Africa.
thanks, participating governments, organizations, scientists and
individuals for your sincere endeavors toward protecting humanity from
climate change. May we soon see more and more informed actions on the
organic vegan way to halt global warming disasters.
June 2011 videoconference in Mexico, Supreme Master Ching Hai
highlighted the essential advocacy of the plant-based lifestyle for
governments to be able to halt climate change.
Supreme Master Ching Hai : So
just this one change, simple change, small change: changing our diet to
an organic vegan diet. This will help all the governments of the world
to afford climate change mitigation and preserve biodiversity. http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2011-12-09/biggest-polluters-hold-up-agreement-at-un-global-warming-talks.html
will also help us protect food security and conserve water. What is the
use for us to satisfy our taste right now with meat when we know for
certain that in the future our children will go hungry, our world will
collapse? What is the use of that? However tasty the meat is, we have to
consider this option and change it
so that the world can continue to survive and thrive in abundance and happiness and health.