China to enhance co-op with Kyrgyzstan
In world news, China wishes to boost relations with Kyrgystan. Chinese Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Mr. Hong Lei expressed his country’s desire to strengthen the connection between the two countries and improve collaboration in all areas. Spokesperson Mr. Lei praised Kyrgyzstan’s accomplishments in stability, sustainable development, and improving the country’s living standard. Our appreciation, China and Chinese Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Hong Lei, for your positive statements. May enhanced amicability between China and Kyrgystan lead to greater understanding and friendship between the genial people of both nations.
Rare bettongs return to mainland
In ecology news, the Tidbinbilla Nature Reserve welcomes 19 Tasmania Bettongs. The rare members of the kangaroo family have been relocated to the Australian mainland after an absence of over 80 years. The small mammals play an important role in soil ecosystem improvement by digging, which moves fungal spores and enhances water infiltration. It is believed that in future, reintroducing the sweet animals to woodland areas could be helpful in the regeneration of these regions. Kudos, Tidbinbilla Nature Reserve, for providing a welcome home to these lovely co-inhabitants. May humanity’s protection and respect for all of God’s creation help to restore a balanced eco sphere.
Castles of 'Lost Cities' Revealed in Libyan Desert
In archeology news, researchers find the relics of an ancient agricultural civilization that thrived in the Libyan Sahara Desert. The discovery was made using satellite imagery by a team from the University of Leicester in the United Kingdom, with close involvement of the Libyan Department of Antiquities. More than 100 walled villages and towns have been identified that date back to between 1st and 5th century during the Garamantes Period. The ancient desert dwellers built complex underground tunnels to source water for irrigation, and mastered a written language. Congratulations, University of Leicester scientists, the Libyan antiquities department, and all involved for this incredible finding. May Libya’s magnificent cultural heritage be an inspiration for the pure-minded people of the nation to help build a glorious future.
Family dies in west Colombia landslide
FN… Flooding and landslides continue to sweep Colombia. Mudslides that crushed a home and claimed the lives of seven members of one family on Monday, December 5 in the department of Tolima along with unprecedented flooding in the capital Bogota that has affected some 10,000 people represent the latest calamities of continuous rainfall and flooding in the Latin American country. Officials stated on Wednesday that the extreme weather has claimed at least 117 lives since relentless rains began more than two months ago, with over 66 people who have been injured and six others still missing. As one of Colombia's most severe rainy seasons in decades, the flooding has impacted nearly 430,000 residents, thousands of whom were evacuated as hundreds of homes as well as vast swathes of farmland have been destroyed, as thousands more houses were also damaged. As major rivers continue to swell, seven of the country’s 31 provinces have been placed on high flood alert, with a state of emergency now declared in Bogota and Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos saying on Monday that humanitarian aid would be dispatched to the affected regions.
Upon hearing of the ongoing worsening conditions in October, Supreme Master Ching Hai offered US$15,000 for urgent needs, an amount that could acquire US$73,000 in emergency items purchased in the US, based on the cost of living in Colombia. With all her love and sorrowful prayers, she requested our nearby Association members to please go if possible to comfort the most vulnerable.
We are grateful for the concerned initiatives of President Santos and all personnel working to assist the flood-affected as we also thank Supreme Master Ching Hai for her loving support. May Heaven grace the Colombian people with resilience and comfort as we pray that such disasters are curbed through our greater kindness toward one another and the environment.
Earthquake of 4.4 in Bay Caráquez
FN… Earthquakes shake Tonga, Mexico, Ecuador, Indonesia, Chile, and Japan. On Tuesday, December 6, a 5.0-magnitude temblor struck the island nation of Tonga, 160 kilometers north of Neiafu, with another of magnitude-5.3 occurring 186 kilometers south of the city the next day. On Wednesday evening, a 5.0-magnitude temblor rattled the eastern coastal state of Veracruz, Mexico, 71 kilometers from the major port city of Coatzacoalcos. In Ecuador also on Wednesday, a 4.4-magnitude quake was strongly felt in the city of Bahía de Caráquez on the nation's west coast as it rumbled the Pacific sea floor 19 kilometers away, while in northern Chile, a temblor of magnitude-6.1 caused panic when it hit 79 kilometers from the city of Vallenar in Atacama Region. That evening in Indonesia, a magnitude-5.9 quake shook the Sula Islands in North Maluku province. On Thursday, an earthquake registering 5.0 on the Richter scale shook Japan’s Bonin Islands as it struck near the east coast of Honshu. Fortunately, initial reports for these events did not indicate any injuries or significant damage.
With thankfulness for the safety of residents in the quake-stricken regions, we pray that such disturbing occurrences are alleviated as humanity's strives for gentler regard of all beings as a vegan world.
Supreme Master Ching Hai honored with sustainability award
SAVE OUR PLANET… Supreme Master Ching Hai honored with sustainability award. Coinciding with the UN Climate Change Conference in Durban, South Africa, the World Pilot Hero Award was presented in recognition of the remarkable efforts of governments, organizations and individuals in advocating low-cost, convenient and highly beneficial solutions to reduce global warming. Co-hosted by the Environmental Protection Authority of Ethiopia, the government of Guinea Bissau, and the Philippine Climate Change Commission, award presenters included European Parliament Member Sir Graham Watson and Philippine Climate Change Commissioner, Heherson Alvarez. Among the recipients were Mayor Patricia de Lille of Cape Town, South Africa for implementing a weekly citywide meat-free day, Vegan Day Platform Formosa for their volunteer movement in Formosa (Taiwan), and founder of the South African Moholoholo Wildlife Rehabilitation Center Mr. Brian Jones for his efforts in animal and nature conservation.
Sir Graham Watson – UK Member of European Parliament (M): We’re all trying to save the planet, but some people are coming up with particularly good ideas, or are devoting themselves entirely to that work. I think it is right that their efforts should be recognized and celebrated.
VOICE: Also honored with a sustainable development award was Supreme Master Ching Hai for her role as a “world leader in climate change actions,” in particular through inspiring Supreme Master Television as a global constructive media channel that provides information especially on the vegan solution to halting the effects of global warming.
Cecile Guidote-Alvarez - President, International Theatre Institute, Director, UNESCO Dreams Center (F): I particularly know Master Ching Hai and I'm aware of her humanitarian activities and her concern to protect the environment, and to use media as a very important communications tool.
VOICE: Many attending the event also spoke about the award’s support of the organic vegan diet solution to climate change.
Dr. Tewolde Berhan Gebre Egziabher Yohannes – Environmental Protection Ethiopia (M): In the context of climate change, vegan food would definitely mean both that the world would sustain many more of us, and two, those many more of us would still have less of an impact than the present smaller number meat-eating population.
Heherson Alvarez – Philippine Climate Change Commissioner (M): The answer seems to be simple, if we can awaken to the fact that we can change our diet and make our lives safe.
VOICE: Congratulations, laureates of the World Pilot Hero Award for your deserved distinctions. Our respectful gratitude also to Supreme Master Ching Hai, whose Earth-saving endeavors bring hope and inspiration to humanity. Let us unite to put into practice the comprehensively sustainable organic vegan ideal, for all lives to flourish.
Methane May Be Answer to 56-Million-Year Question: Ocean Could Have Contained Enough Methane to Cause Drastic Climate Change
SAVE OUR PLANET... Melting methane hydrates may have triggered runaway warming millions of years ago. Researchers from Rice University in the USA have been working to solve the mystery of the event known as the Paleocene-Eocene Thermal Maximum (PETM), which occurred 56 million years ago. At that time, a sudden release of 2,500 gigatons of carbon into the atmosphere led to an increase in global temperatures of 6 degrees Celsius on average, which in turn caused the extinction of many species. In their study, the scientists found that methane hydrates similar to those that are now frozen beneath the sea floor could have melted and released the carbon. Although the oceans at that time were likely warmer, author Dr. George Hirasaki stated that this could have actually accelerated the methane formation. These findings have implications for our current environment, where global warming is already raising the temperatures of both the atmosphere and the oceans, increasing the possibility of such a catastrophic release. In addition, a recent study by international scientists has found that thawing permafrost in the Arctic represents a threat of methane release that is potentially 5 times greater than previously realized.
Our thanks, Dr. Hirasaki, colleagues and other researchers, for these findings that speak to the urgency of our current climate situation. May we swiftly adopt actions in harmony with nature to preserve all lives on Earth.
During a September 2008 radio interview with Bob Lebensold of Environmentally Sound Radio, Supreme Master Ching Hai spoke with concern of the toxic gases in the seabed as she reminded of our need to halt human-generated warming.
Radio Interview with Supreme Master Ching Hai
by Bob Lebensold of Environmentally Sound Radio
New York, USA – September 11, 2008
Supreme Master Ching Hai: You look all that and you see already, because the methane gas and hydrogen sulfide result from animal raising, and that produces a lot of toxic gas into the air, and it warms the atmosphere. Then the atmosphere melts the ice and the ocean will warm, and then more methane and other toxins will be released from the bottom of the ocean and permafrost and all that. And then it will be like a devil’s circle. And we even might die from gas, not to talk about global warming yet. And right now, there’s so much methane already released into the atmosphere, many people have more mental illness or other physical suffering, according to scientists’ research. I hope we stop it quick.
Fair raises nearly £4,000 to help unwanted animals
The annual National Animal Welfare Trust Christmas Fair, held throughout the UK, provides a holiday adoption opportunity while raising almost £4,000 to go toward providing the best Christmas possible for animals in the charity's care.
Pakistan tops 2010 list for weather impact
SAVE OUR PLANET… According to the Germanwatch "Global Climate Risk Index 2012" report, which evaluated climate change-related disasters between the years of 1991 and 2010, Pakistan was the most severely affected, with Bangladesh, Myanmar and Honduras considered the most vulnerable to long-term extreme weather events.
Chilean President Attends Pacific Alliance Summit in Mexico
During the second Summit of the Pacific Alliance held in Mexico's Merida city, delegates from the four member nations of Chile, Colombia, Mexico and Peru affirm their intention to finalize a document within six months that will establish a free trade agreement among their countries.
World's most endangered primate still losing habitat
SAVE OUR PLANET… A new study by Greenpeace, published on December 4, 2011, revealed that the endangered Hainan gibbon, found only on an island off the coast of China, has dwindled from an estimated 2,000 just over 50 years ago to only 23 in the world today, due largely to human-caused habitat loss.
Texas drought leaves heartbreaking toll of abandoned horses
SAVE OUR PLANET… As of December 3, 2011, a prolonged drought coupled with extremely high hay prices has resulted in thousands of horses and donkeys being abandoned on roadsides in Texas, USA, with organizations such as Safe Haven Equine Rescue saying that their calls for emergency help have quadrupled.
S. Korea to donate USD 5.65 mln to N. Korea through UN
South Korea is donating over US$5.5 million in humanitarian aid to North Korea through the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) to benefit some 1.5 million mothers, infants and young children.
MeVeg Congress launches first regional conference
The Middle East Vegetarian Group, or MeVeg, in partnership with the International Vegetarian Union, launches its first regional conference in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, featuring experts from areas such as medicine and the environment as well as delicious plant-based fare.
Indonesia Ratifies Global Ban on Nuclear Tests
Indonesia becomes the 36th country to ratify the Comprehensive Nuclear Test Ban Treaty, with the nation's legislators calling on other governments to do the same.
Scientists Discover Earth's 'Twin' Planet
In a study of some 150,000 stars in the Milky Way galaxy, US scientists report on the discovery of Kepler-22b, a planet about 600 light years away that orbits a Sun-like star and is being called the Earth's "twin" for its similar size and conditions that could support life.
Woman of the Year Award to President Dilma Rousseff
Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff is recognized as Woman of the Year by Istoé, one of Brazil’s leading magazines, for her outstanding leadership, with 14 other women also being honored in fields such as culture, economy, and the arts.
Cold wave in northern Mexico causes snow and leaves one dead in accident
SAVE OUR PLANET… A sudden cold wave on December 6, 2011 in northern Mexico, bringing temperatures of minus 17 degrees Celsius, is taking a further toll on regional crops that were already severely affected by prolonged drought.
US evangelist Billy Graham released from hospital
As US Christian evangelist Billy Graham is discharged in improved condition after being hospitalized with pneumonia in North Carolina, USA, he conveys his gratitude to people worldwide who prayed for his recovery as well as for the caring doctors and nurses at the medical facility.