Friday, October 29, the two-week United Nations conference on
biodiversity has involved intense negotiations by delegates from over
190 nations toward a new protocol on managing natural resources and
halting the alarming rate of biodiversity loss, which scientists have
warned is presenting an ever more urgent threat to humans’ way of life. Janez Potocnik - European Commissioner for Environment (M):
Biodiversity, it’s an issue which was sometimes too much in the shadow.
Also in the shadow of the climate change, which is extremely important,
but we should understand that biodiversity is actually the other side
of the same coin.
VOICE: One of the main issues considered was access to resource management, especially in consideration to indigenous residents.Nigel Crawhall - Director of Secretariat, Indigenous People of Africa Coordinating Committee (M):
think what we know about successful conservation is that communities
must be empowered and supported to help conserve the resources they rely
VOICE: Other issues discussed were a new plan to protect
biodiversity through such measures as by setting aside land and marine
sanctuaries and supporting a new scientific organization to provide
recommendations for policies on preventing biodiversity loss.
the ministerial meeting on Wednesday, October 26, Japan and the
European Union each announced financial support that would be provided
to developing countries in curbing damage to natural areas.
the conference, a report was also presented by the Netherlands
Environment Assessment Agency, offering new strategies to dramatically
reduce global biodiversity loss.
The study highlighted that
conservation practices, though valuable, would fail to be a sufficient
solution alone. Rather, a combination of actions would be more
effective, with by far one of the best outcomes resulting from a global
switch to a meat-free diet. The reason is that livestock raising causes a
large part of biodiversity loss through occupying land, destroying
forest habitats, and using up vast grain supplies for feed.Ben Ten Brink - Program Manager, Nature, Landscape and Biodiversity, Netherlands Environmental Assessment Agency (M):
We found out indeed that lowering the consumption of meat or even
vegetarians, or eat no meat at all, is one of the strongest and better
ways of preventing the loss of biodiversity.
delegates agreed about the importance of dietary lifestyle change as a
constructive way to protect ecosystems, mentioning the added benefits of
reducing climate change, increasing food security, and improving
health. Jo Leinen - European Parliament Member, Chair of Committee on the Environment, Public Health and Food Safety (M):
protection of biodiversity means that we have to reduce emissions and
the consumption of resources; and that means we have to change our
lifestyle – our lifestyle is much too heavy for the nature and the
ecosystems, and especially our eating habits have to be changed. I think
we eat too much meat and we eat too much fish, and we have to reduce
both and be more vegetarian. Pavan
Sukhdev - Study leader for The Economics of Ecosystems and Biodiversity
(TEEB), Special Advisor and Head of UNEP's Green Economy Initiative
I take the view that we should have less meat in our diets
and more vegetables, and I think it makes sense for nature, it makes
sense economically, and it
actually is a solution to the world food problem. Ben Ten Brink - Program Manager, Nature, Landscape and Biodiversity, Netherlands Environmental Assessment Agency (M):
like cancer is also partly caused by eating too much meat and another
reason is that it’s very beneficial for climate change. The less meat we
eat, the lower will be the change in climate. So that’s I think three
good reasons: biodiversity, climate change and personal – it’s healthy
the consumption of meat.
VOICE: We sincerely thank
all participating scientists, government and organization leaders for
your efforts to find ways to save our co-inhabitants in the natural
environment, and thus humankind.
May we adopt the soundest policies,
beginning with the cost-effective, life-supporting shift to an organic
vegan diet, to ensure a vibrant future for all.
Ben Ten Brink (M): Be Veg, Go Green 2 Save the Planet!
During an August 2009 videoconference in Thailand, Supreme Master Ching
Hai emphasized the need for more benevolent consideration of our
co-inhabitants,to ensure our own well-being and that of the planet.
Supreme Master Ching Hai:
If we want to live according to nature and let things evolve
accordingly, then we should respect all nature. Right now, we interfere
too much with nature and we even breed animals unnaturally, like at
least 55 billion livestock per year, and billions more fish, etc. These
are not natural made. http://search.japantimes.co.jp/cgi-bin/nn20101023x3.htmlhttp://www.yomiuri.co.jp/dy/national/T101027006053.htm http://www.rivm.nl/bibliotheek/rapporten/500197001.pdfhttp://www.pbl.nl/en/publications/2010/Rethinking_Global_Biodiversity_Strategies.html http://www.globio.info/news/13-new-strategies-for-cop10
Can this be called ecological or natural
at all? And we can see for ourselves already that killing, torturing
animals, eating animals has not been helpful to our evolution
ecologically, economically, scientifically, medically – nothing. And it
only brings us trouble and suffering up to now, like the mad cow
disease, the swine flu, the bird flu, so many diseases, etc., etc., that
now we can’t even deal with.
We have to protect all species so
that we can keep our biodiversity and keep a natural evolution for all