Sudan, severe rain shortages in May and June left over a million south
Sudanese people with little food. Many villagers have resorted to
collecting grass for sustenance. In southern China’s Guangdong
province, more than 50,000 people are also suffering from lack of
water, with farm fields so depleted that the soil is cracked in
Meanwhile, India’s state of Andhra Pradesh is
suffering from a lack of monsoon arrival, with some farmers even taking
their own lives due to their desperate situations over the past few
Water scarcity has also forced 150,000 Yemenis from
their village homes in search of water and jobs in the nation’s capital
of Sana. In Kenya, drought is quickly turning once fertile land to
deserts, with residents traveling more than 70 kilometers in search of
water, and boreholes strewn with carcasses of animals.
deeply saddened to hear of these tragic situations that have befallen
so many people and animal co-inhabitants. Our prayers that we all
quickly take action toward sustainable practices that restore the
life-giving resources of our shared Earthly home. Ever-concerned for
humanity’s welfare, Supreme Master Ching Hai addressed the Earth’s
dwindling water supplies via a video message for a June 2009 conference
in Mexico, offering a simple and effective solution.
Supreme Master Ching Hai:
We can stop water shortage. While droughts are plaguing more
populations, we cannot afford to waste water. Meat production uses
massive amounts of water, as you know. Referencehttp://www.france24.com/en/20091011-dinner-grass-south-sudan-after-drought-kills-crops http://www.france24.com/en/20091011-50000-short-water-south-china-drought http://www.guardian.co.uk/lifeandstyle/2009/oct/11/food-climate-change-famine-india http://www.latimes.com/news/nationworld/world/la-fg-yemen-water11-2009oct11,0,4526748.story http://english.aljazeera.net/focus/2009/10/20091011941816643.html
It takes up to 1,200 gallons of fresh and good clean water to produce just one serving of beef.
contrast, a full vegan meal costs only 98 gallons of water. That is 90
plus percent less. So, if we want to stop water shortage and to
preserve precious water, we have to stop animal products.
a plant-based diet can halt as much as 80% of global warming, eradicate
world hunger, stop war, promote peace, and it will free up the Earth’s
water as well as many other precious resources, offering a lifeline for
the planet and for humanity. In short, it will very quickly halt many
of the global problems facing us right now. Therefore, it is vital that
we do our part to bring to the public’s attention the urgent climate
change issues and its solutions; the foremost being the vegan diet, to
safeguard our precious planet.