a recent article in “The Australian,” the most widely read national
newspaper in the country, Tasmania correspondent Matthew Denholm
observed that cattle farmers are noting signs of diminished public
demand for beef products.
Mr. Denholm explained that indeed,
there is a growing global public call help mitigate climate change by
reducing meat consumption, and he included mention of the efforts of
Supreme Master Ching Hai.
The following is an excerpt from the
“…A campaign is under way to persuade Australians to eat
less meat to reduce greenhouse emissions. The Australian Vegetarian
Society says the issue is as important in the climate change debate as
coal-fired energy, while SBS TV viewers would have noticed ads –
financed by Vietnamese-born [Supreme Master] Ching Hai -- urging the
world to “Be Veg. Go Green. Save the Planet.” Such groups cannot be
dismissed as fringe-dwellers,since their arguments are echoed by the UN,
which says livestock produce 18 per cent of world greenhouse emissions
-- more than all forms of transport combined (13 per cent).
head of the UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, Indian
scientist Rajendra Pachauri – a vegetarian – is among those urging a cut
in meat consumption as the quickest, easiest way to cut emissions.”
The article stated that the Australian cattle farmers believe that the
younger generation of consumers and their concern about livestock as a
cause of global warming could very negatively impact the industry.
story concludes with a comment shared from an Australian veg
advocate.“Mark Berriman, [New South Wales] director of the Australian
Vegetarian Society, believes Australians’ meat-loving culture will
change as ‘reality’ sinks in. ‘Reducing meat consumption takes out the
most powerful of the greenhouse gases
but also takes them out at a
much quicker rate than removing carbon dioxide,’ he says.”
Our appreciation goes to journalist Matthew Denholm and The Australian
for informing readers about the causal link between meat consumption and
climate change. To save our irreplaceable planet and precious
co-inhabitants, may humanity make the veg trend a foremost priority,
through which alternative economic opportunities will surely follow.
Master Ching Hai’s original slogan, “Be Veg, Go Green, Save the Planet”
indeed offers a simple but effective way to preserve our world, as
explained in a May 2009 videoconference in Togo.
Master Ching Hai: We all have a shared planet and we have shared
responsibility, and we all want it to be saved for every one of us.
Just like in the human body, if one area is hurt, it will affect the
whole body as well. Referencehttp://www.theaustralian.news.com.au/story/0,25197,26259209-5013871,00.html
So, that is the key, to Be Veg and spread
the message of compassion, to let people know that they can really make a
difference. And we each can through the choices we make in putting food
on our plate. Please try to inform your people that peace and the
survival of our planet begins at home, begins on our plate.