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Pandemics: The Key to Prevention, Part 2 of 3

00:17:29

Pandemics: The Key to Prevention, Part 2 of 3

Over the past century, almost every pandemic has been a zoonoses. World authorities and organizations have become increasingly alarmed about the ever-increasing number of zoonotic diseases. The World Health Organization has also expressed concern, estimating that approximately one billion illnesses and millions of deaths occur each year from zoonoses, and that 60% of all existing infectious diseases in the world came from animals. As a consequence of the COVID-19 pandemic, China temporarily closed some of its live animal markets, but did not ban them. Many believe far bolder action is required, even on a global level. Supreme Master Ching Hai tell us it is not, and frequently reminds us that the true cause of all pandemics is meat consumption, as in a 2009 conference in Thailand. “According to the scientific study of these fatal diseases, all of them originated from human hunting or slaughter of animals for meat. This is the activity that must cease for the betterment of humanity, animals and our world - the meat eating must stop.”
Planet Earth: Our Loving Home
2020-05-25   238 Views
Planet Earth: Our Loving Home
2020-05-25

Pandemics: The Key to Prevention, Part 1 of 3

00:17:31

Pandemics: The Key to Prevention, Part 1 of 3

In late December 2019, news of a strange new virus emerging in Southern China began to surface. The virus, it was reported, was highly contagious. The World Health Organization named it “coronavirus disease,” or “COVID-19.” COVID-19 proved to be extremely contagious and spread like wildfire through China’s massive population. On March 11,2020, Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, the Director General of the World Health Organization, declared the Virus to be a global pandemic, stating, “We are deeply concerned both by the alarming levels of spread and the severity. We have therefore made the assessment that COVID-19 can be characterized as a (global) pandemic.” The pandemic put much of the world on pause. Billions of people were “self-quarantined” for an indefinite period. Borders were closed, flights cancelled. With billions of hearts was an underlying sense of fear. According to medical research, COVID-19 is a zoonotic disease, an infectious disease transmitted from animals to humans. It is suspected that the COVID-19 virus originated in bats, was then transferred to pangolins or scaly anteaters, and finally to humans. Scientists have demonstrated that every pandemic the world has experienced over the past 100 years has originated from animals.
Planet Earth: Our Loving Home
2020-05-18   439 Views
Planet Earth: Our Loving Home
2020-05-18

Climate Crisis: Our Oceans are Rising, Part 2 of 2

00:18:32

Climate Crisis: Our Oceans are Rising, Part 2 of 2

In today’s program, we will learn about the effects that Sea Level Rise (SLR) is having on our coastal communities, how it will affect the world in years to come, and what we can still do about it before it’s too late. A research paper entitled “World Scientists’ Warning of a Climate Emergency” was published in the January 2020 issue of BioScience. The Paper, written in collaboration with the American Institute of Biological Sciences, was ratified by 11,258 scientists from 153 countries. It identified six major solutions put forward as the last opportunity we have to reverse the climate change crisis. This includes: replacing fossil fuels with renewables, reducing climate pollutants such as methane and carbon, protecting and restoring our ecosystems – this means stopping land clearing, reducing meat consumption, moving away from an interest in improving GDP and loking at human health and well-being instead, and also slowing down and stabilizing human population growth. What this tells us, and what we can no longer ignore with over 11,000 scientists in agreement, is that the biggest cause of global warming is raising livestock animals. And therefore the single most important step this world needs to take is to stop eating animals and to adopt a plant-based lifestyle.
Planet Earth: Our Loving Home
2020-05-17   145 Views
Planet Earth: Our Loving Home
2020-05-17

Climate Crisis: Countdown to Year Zero, Part 7 of 7

00:13:06

Climate Crisis: Countdown to Year Zero, Part 7 of 7

In previous episodes, we learned that “Year Zero,” the year our planet could be destroyed, is 2026. However, we can prevent this apocalypse by making one simple change: global adoption of the vegan lifestyle. Only in this way can we prevent “Year Zero” from happening. “So, this is going to be over. And then most people are going to flip when social pressures flip the other way and many people start being vegan, and it starts being an actual thing.” “It’s inevitable that their industry will go away. It will end. The planet can’t sustain it, and human consciousness will not go along with it. We're evolving too quickly.” “Vegan companies like Beyond Meat’ are now going public, and this is where the smart money is going. We are hitting the tipping point.” “We represent a worldwide movement, and we will not relent until total animal liberation is achieved!” “We do have a chance to reverse climate change. People are in alignment with this mission. They will listen to us. If we say, ‘If we just reduce consuming animals, we can actually bring back the forests.’” “The moral position is to resist this and to end it.”
Planet Earth: Our Loving Home
2020-05-11   329 Views
Planet Earth: Our Loving Home
2020-05-11

Climate Crisis: Our Oceans are Rising, Part 1 of 2

00:16:11

Climate Crisis: Our Oceans are Rising, Part 1 of 2

In this series we will learn about the effects of the climate change crisis on our oceans, how this affects our world today and what we can do to reverse the damaging impacts. For the past 50 years, the ocean has been absorbing 90% of all the heat generated by global warming. Unfortunately, with the ever-increasing concentration of greenhouse gases, global temperatures have continued to rise, and much of the excess heat is being trapped in the upper levels of the ocean. This is causing the water to become warmer, and to expand, therefore leading to a consistent rise in sea levels. However, the sea level doesn’t only rise due to the expansion of sea water. It also rises as a result of water runoff from the melting of ice sheets and glaciers at both the North and South Poles. The melting of Antarctica’s ice sheet is currently responsible for almost 25% of global sea level rise. If it were to melt completely, it could raise sea levels by as much as 58.3 meters! This is what makes Antarctica the most critical indicator of how quickly our oceans will rise over the coming decades and centuries. However, the effect of this less-than-one-cm increase each year has had a disastrous effect on our world’s low-lying coastal habitats. The esteemed climate scientist, Professor Andrew Shepherd, from the University of Leeds in the United Kingdom stated, “As a rule of thumb, for every centimeter rise in global sea level, another 6 million people are exposed to coastal flooding around the planet.”
Planet Earth: Our Loving Home
2020-05-09   280 Views
Planet Earth: Our Loving Home
2020-05-09

Climate Crisis: Countdown to Year Zero, Part 6 of 7

00:13:21

Climate Crisis: Countdown to Year Zero, Part 6 of 7

Let's find out more by joining internationally acclaimed television host, author, and animal rights activist, Ms. Jane Velez-Mitchell, as she interviews Dr. Sailesh Rao. “The world that we are in now is based on normalized violence, which is really about killing things off. And we're killing things off at such a fast pace that we are in danger of killing ourselves as well. That's a frenzied rate of killing! And all because we are making money. Somebody is making money off of all this killing. So, we have a system that's based on making money off death, disease and destruction. Death for the animals, disease for human beings and destruction for the planet. That's the system that we are in, because it's a system based on fear, it's based on war, continuous war, endless war. It's all about violence. It's a very violent system. And so, nature is now telling us, if we don't stop this and change to a system of normalized nonviolence by 2026, you're done.” “The most important is to, please, choose to be vegan. The vegan diet is not an option anymore. It is a must. It is an obligation if we want to save our only planet.”
Planet Earth: Our Loving Home
2020-05-04   295 Views
Planet Earth: Our Loving Home
2020-05-04

Climate Crisis: Countdown to Year Zero, Part 5 of 7

00:14:30

Climate Crisis: Countdown to Year Zero, Part 5 of 7

On today's program, we'll travel to Costa Rica to learn more about the exciting and inspiring project, “Vegan World 2026.” “So, the mission of the ‘Vegan World 2026’ is to co-create a culture of normalized nonviolence. So, we are on top of a hill that used to be coffee farms and cattle ranches and it has now been turned into a native forest. And the idea is to understand how to live in harmony with nature, so that we are not running away from animals, we are not running away from spiders or killing them off when they come into our homes. We have to transition to a way of living where we can return land back to nature, bring back the forest, bring back the wild animals, so that we can sequester carbon, heal the climate, and solve the biodiversity-loss issue, so essentially returning Earth back to its pristine form, you know, Eden, back to nature.” “Our demands: governments stop subsidizing animal agriculture and start promoting organic plant agriculture. Two, media report the truth about animal agriculture's devastating impact on human health, the environment, and our fellow creatures. We plead: One: environmental, conservation, health, animal welfare and religious organizations adopt a public vegan policy. Two: consumers stop buying animal products. YOU CAN PREVENT YEAR ZERO!”
Planet Earth: Our Loving Home
2020-04-28   331 Views
Planet Earth: Our Loving Home
2020-04-28

Climate Crisis: Countdown to Year Zero, Part 4 of 7

00:11:58

Climate Crisis: Countdown to Year Zero, Part 4 of 7

In this episode we'll learn that one of the most powerful tools for encouraging people to change is social media. On today’s program, we'll meet two social media animal-rights advocates, Mr. Ryuji Chua, a dedicated activist from Los Angeles, California, USA, and Ms. Renee king-Sonnen, founder of Rowdy Girl Sanctuary in Waelder, Texas, USA. “By me putting out content on the internet and being like, ‘Hey, this is what I’m about. I’m vegan, this is my life. My life is awesome.’” ”I can't speak to everyone. But what if I can speak to a thousand people and I can not only speak to them but empower them to create their own community? Then they can empower their community to create more communties. And in that way, we can really spread a movement. Today we have this opportunity to change the world by creating communities.“ “This chicken farmer-cattle rancher family in the heart of chicken-ranch country has gone vegan.” “The earth is getting hotter. We are killing animals. We are destroying forests still. And so, we have no choice but to return the forests. To me it’s as if Nature has said, ‘You now understand what’s going on. You now know you have to bring back life. That’s the only way you’re going to survive. Otherwise you are also going to die.’”
Planet Earth: Our Loving Home
2020-04-20   361 Views
Planet Earth: Our Loving Home
2020-04-20

Climate Crisis: Countdown to Year Zero, Part 3 of 7

00:11:26

Climate Crisis: Countdown to Year Zero, Part 3 of 7

On today’s program, We’ll continue watching “Countdown to Year Zero,” as Ms. Velez-Mitchell asks Dr. Rao how humanity will make the shift from eating meat to veganism. “And I thought that we are doing a disservice to the people if you don’t tell them what is going on. And animal agriculture, it has such a huge impact on climate change and it’s not being addressed at all.” “You’re also one of the people behind two incredible documentaries, “Cowspiracy” and “What the Health.” Processed meat has officially been determined by the World Health Organization to be cancer causing. But these parents are shoving these nuggets down these kids’ throats and they don’t see anything wrong with it, but it’s cancer causing. How do we fight all that?” “What I’m suggesting we do is we build a new one, rather than fighting the old one. (Yeah.)”
Planet Earth: Our Loving Home
2020-04-13   456 Views
Planet Earth: Our Loving Home
2020-04-13

Climate Crisis: Countdown to Year Zero, Part 2 of 7

00:12:33

Climate Crisis: Countdown to Year Zero, Part 2 of 7

On today’s program we’ll continue watching “Countdown to Year Zero,” by joining a student climate change strike in New York City. “If we don’t do this to make huge, huge, huge changes in the next five to ten years, our kids are all going to be climate refugees.” “For way too long, the politicians and the people in power have got away with not doing anything to fight the climate crisis.” “I would tell consumers to eat less or no meat, to move towards a plant-bused diet. We need the natural world, and we’re destroying it so fast. Unless we all get together now, it will be too late.” “So we are here to start the ball rolling for a Vegan World by 2026. Clearly the system that normalizes violence is going to end whether we like it or not. It’s going to end because the Earth is saying, “It’s no more.” Within eight years, climate change is going to be crazy. It is telling us, the Earth is telling us we have to change. And there is this one light that you see at the end of the tunnel. And you see that light, and that’s nonviolence.”
Planet Earth: Our Loving Home
2020-04-06   800 Views
Planet Earth: Our Loving Home
2020-04-06

Climate Crisis: Countdown to Year Zero, Part 1 of 7

00:11:30

Climate Crisis: Countdown to Year Zero, Part 1 of 7

Welcome to Part 1 of our seven-part series on the Climate Crisis, featuring the illuminating documentary, “Countdown to Year Zero.” “We have been living in this system of normalized violence and we've been killing animals at such a fast pace. I mean, we kill more animals in four to 12 hours than all the humans that ever died in wars throughout human history put together.” “If you look at the World Wildlife Fund “living Planet Report,” it gives you the statistics that tell you very clearly, we have to change by 2026, otherwise, we are in big trouble. Death and extinction. This is a very serious issue. It's something that we have never ever faced before as humanity. We have been living in this system of normalized violence and we’ve been killing animals at such a fast pace.” “It takes eight pounds of grain to produce one pund of beef. We could stop destroying the forest. We could end world hunger, human world hunger, by giving that food directly to starving children. And we could save all these animals, and we could stop climate change if we just changed our diets.”
Planet Earth: Our Loving Home
2020-03-30   1103 Views
Planet Earth: Our Loving Home
2020-03-30

Fires Around the World and the Key to their Prevention, Part 3 of 3

00:14:58

Fires Around the World and the Key to their Prevention, Part 3 of 3

In today’s episode, we’ll examine the fires that blazed across Siberia, Russia, and Central Africa in 2019 as well as their cause and detrimental impact. In June and July 2019, temperatures in Siberia soared to 30 degrees Celsius. September 2019, it is estimated that more than 13 million hectares of Siberian forest had burned, an area lager than Greece. The wildfires in Siberia not only affect Russia but also the world. As the fires burn, they release black carbon, also known as soot, into the atmosphere. Some of this soot settles on the ice fields in Greenland and the Arctic, making the ice sheets darker and more able to absorb the Sun’s heat, thus accelerating the melting of the ice. This contributes to sea level rise, as well as further global warming. Many scientific studies reveal that raising livestock animals to climate change, adding as much as 51% to global warming. In its 2019 report, the United Nation’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) stated that a shift away from meat consumption and adoption of a plant-based diet would be one of the most effective solutions to climate change. Supreme Master Ching Hai has also frequently spoken about the urgent need to adopt a vegan lifestyle to protect our Earth and has recommended a global ban on meat consumption.
Planet Earth: Our Loving Home
2020-03-23   260 Views
Planet Earth: Our Loving Home
2020-03-23

Fires Around the World and the Key to their Prevention, Part 2 of 3

00:16:01

Fires Around the World and the Key to their Prevention, Part 2 of 3

On today’s episode we’ll travel to California, USA and Europe. In 2017 and 2018, Californians suffered through the deadliest and most destructive wildfires in recorded history. The smoke they produced caused high levels of pollution and extremely unhealthy air for millions of citizens. Countless wild animals lost their forest homes. The recent California wildfires also had a disastrous side effect: mudslides. Many experts agree that rising global temperatures have the most dangerous impact on forests. And now, the magnificent forests, once a great asset to the EU countries, are seriously threatened, as the tinder-dry woodlands are extremely susceptible to fire. Not only are fires occurring more frequently in Europe, but they are also burning much larger areas than in the past. Many world-renowned climate change experts and scientists report that the primary cause of global warming is the raising of livestock animals, and so the United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) recommends a widespread shift to a plant-based diet.
Planet Earth: Our Loving Home
2020-03-16   390 Views
Planet Earth: Our Loving Home
2020-03-16

Fires Around the World and the Key to their Prevention, Part 1 of 3

00:18:19

Fires Around the World and the Key to their Prevention, Part 1 of 3

In January 2020, hundreds of deadly wildfires raged throughout Australia. The most heartbreaking tragedy resulting from the fires in Australia was the loss of wildlife. One of the most heartbreaking cases of devastation occurred on Kangaroo Island. In addition to wildlife, livestock animals were also affected. Another result of the fires was air pollution. The damage in Australia affected the entire world. In addition to the smoke, the fires produced massive amounts of carbon emissions which, in turn, accelerate climate change. Research shows that the primary cause of climate change is the raising of livestock animals, which contributes more to global warming than all forms of transportation combined. Scientists report that the livestock animals raising industry causes as much as 51% of all global greenhouse gas emissions. Thus, many recommend that the most effective way to stop global warming is through widespread adoption of the vegan lifestyle. Supreme Master Ching Hai has frequently spoken about this as the quickest way to stop future climate-related disasters.
Planet Earth: Our Loving Home
2020-03-09   316 Views
Planet Earth: Our Loving Home
2020-03-09

IPCC Special Report on Climate Change and Land – Heralding a Plant-Powered Global Food System, Part 2 of 2

00:16:32

IPCC Special Report on Climate Change and Land – Heralding a Plant-Powered Global Food System, Part 2 of 2

In view of such daunting challenges, the IPCC Climate Change and Land Special Report could represent our last hope for a sustainable future. It is also a solution that can be carried out on both the individual and the governing front. The first of these themes involves the preservation of our world’s forests, as well as other land-based carbon-absorbing “sinks,” such as wetlands and grasslands. The second theme focuses on putting an end to our grossly inefficient food system. The Report concludes that transitioning to a plant-strong diet can free up hundreds of millions of acres of land, which will help to curb deforestation and climate change. Upon hearing of the IPCC Special Report’s suggestion for the world to transition to a plant-strong diet, our beloved Supreme Master Ching Hai was overcome with joy. “We had good news: the United Nations and all the countries in the world signed the less meat protocol. So it’s becoming official now. I hope they just go forward. Become meatless. Not less meat, but meatless. No meat at all. That’s why I came to celebrate with you.”
Planet Earth: Our Loving Home
2020-01-21   616 Views
Planet Earth: Our Loving Home
2020-01-21

IPCC Special Report on Climate Change and Land – Heralding a Plant-Powered Global Food System, Part 1 of 2

00:16:38

IPCC Special Report on Climate Change and Land – Heralding a Plant-Powered Global Food System, Part 1 of 2

IPCC is the body established by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) and the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) in 1988 to provide policymakers with regular scientific assessments concerning climate change. It was the recipient of the 2007 Nobel Peace Prize for its work on climate change. The newly released second Special Report on Climate Change and Land brings revitalized hope with its wise, clear policy suggestions. The key message of the report is that in order to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, better land use, halting deforestation, and cutting down on food waste must be the priorities. In a 2009 conference, the world-renowned humanitarian and spiritual Master, Supreme Master Ching Hai, shared with attendees, “So, to cool the planet most quickly, we have to stop consuming meat in order to stop the livestock-raising industry, and thus stop greenhouse gases, methane and other toxic gases from the animal industry.”
Planet Earth: Our Loving Home
2020-01-14   732 Views
Planet Earth: Our Loving Home
2020-01-14

Where Does Supreme Master Ching Hai Live? Part 6 of 6

00:21:14

Where Does Supreme Master Ching Hai Live? Part 6 of 6

Today, we’ll visit Her homes in France, as well as Her current residence in Taiwan, also known as Formosa. Near Menton, Supreme Master Ching Hai lived on a mountain, in a small but beautifully detailed and tidy cave, built of stone and cement. The inner section, where Master meditated, is about 1.9 square meters. The middle section holds a simple kitchen, while the outer section, which is 1.9 by about 3 meters, was where Her adopted dog rested. Master once expressed Her fondness for living in a cave. Thus, in late 2018, a very large acreage was purchased in a mountainous area of Taiwan (Formosa). The densely wooded new land has a full-sized house where Master could stay, but she eventually stayed in a tiny 3.2-by-3-meter tent on the roof, according to Heaven’s will. “If I know a place is spiritual, no matter what, even if doesn’t have anything there, even no house even, I would bring a tent there. Everything in my life is just for that category, for spiritual practice only. For myself and for everyone as well.”
Planet Earth: Our Loving Home
2019-12-28   817 Views
Planet Earth: Our Loving Home
2019-12-28

Where Does Supreme Master Ching Hai Live? Part 5 of 6

00:24:02

Where Does Supreme Master Ching Hai Live? Part 5 of 6

Today, please join us as we visit Her special places of residence in Europe. First, we'll go to Hungary, in early 2005, Supreme Master Ching Hai lived at the Hungary Center while holding a retreat for our European Association members. Although there were two larger mobile homes on the property, Master allocated these to retreat attendees, and purchased an old mobile home for Herself. It was only 3-by-2-by-1.9-meters big and the asking price was only 1,800 euros. Next, we’ll go to Italy. In this enchanting country, Supreme Master Ching Hai lived in a cozy, 2.4-by-2.4-meter house surrounded by trees. Inside was a bed with a several storage drawers beneath it, and a small cabinet. When adding a small kitchen extension to the back of the hut, Master took great care about how the color and style of the paint should be, in order to blend with the existing structure of the hut. We can see this authentic look that gives the hut the nostalgic feel of an Italian country cabin.
Planet Earth: Our Loving Home
2019-12-23   831 Views
Planet Earth: Our Loving Home
2019-12-23

Where Does Supreme Master Ching Hai Live? Part 4 of 6 (Note: houses in Asia, many SM quotes)

00:20:26

Where Does Supreme Master Ching Hai Live? Part 4 of 6 (Note: houses in Asia, many SM quotes)

Today, we'll return to Asia and visit Master's houses in several of the countries where She has stayed. In Japan, Supreme Master Ching Hai once lived in a cabin nestled in a secluded forest in Gunma. At this time, Master drew the painting, "Japanese Apple Garden." In Thailand, Supreme Master Ching Hai has a tiny mobile home, just under 3 by 2 meters. During Her stay there, Master adopted some homeless puppies. We'll now visit captivating Hong Kong. In this bustling region, Supreme Master Ching Hai found a quiet place, high on a mountain. Master was happy with its natural setting. It's said that She was once looking at the sky full of stars, feeling so romantic that She was reluctant to go back to Her house for the whole night. While in Hong Kong, Master converted an abandoned cave, a former cow pen, into a fairyland-like living room overnight with Her ingenious and artistic hands.
Planet Earth: Our Loving Home
2019-12-18   755 Views
Planet Earth: Our Loving Home
2019-12-18

Where Does Supreme Master Ching Hai Live? Part 3 of 6

00:18:14

Where Does Supreme Master Ching Hai Live? Part 3 of 6

Today, we’ll visit Her creative homes in the Americas. For a period of time in 1994, Supreme Master Ching Hai lived in San Jose, California on a mountain property. Master first stayed in an old second-hand trailer, and later in a 3-by-3-meter wooden hut. Between 2001 and 2003, Supreme Master Ching Hai lived in a small two-story hut on “Blessed Island” at the Florida Center. Each floor is 2.4 by 2.4 meters. Supreme Master Ching Hai personally searched for and purchased a mountain-top meditation center for our Association members in Costa Rica. "It’s a 12 acres, beautiful land on top of a mountain. A mountain, but very bright and very, very nice and grassy and green." The gentle slopes of the Costa Rica Center are often covered with tiny violet wildflowers called Saint Lucia. This is where Supreme Master Ching Hai created Her paintings “Harmony” and “The Beauty.”
Planet Earth: Our Loving Home
2019-12-16   995 Views
Planet Earth: Our Loving Home
2019-12-16
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