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Noteworthy News presents constructive news and exalts good deeds, plus brings awareness to important issues around our world. Our Association members, who are all vegans, are the news hosts and come from all walks of life and represent different cultures across the globe. With extensive coverage on the relevant topics of our times, Noteworthy News is at the heart of Supreme Master Television’s focus on positive programming for a peaceful world.

Winter Relief Aid in India

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Winter Relief Aid in India

In the Supreme Master Ching Hai International Association Relief News from India…The remote and mountainous regions of India are known for their harsh winter months, which can be particularly challenging for the holy land’s wandering monks and nuns. Understanding firsthand the hardships they endure, Supreme Master Ching Hai (as in the past years) recently offered US$40,000 and asked our Association members to bring them necessities. Over several weeks in December, our Association relief teams in India delivered care packages, consisting of thousands of items including warm clothes, blankets, shoes, socks, and hats, to bring a little comfort to some of the spiritual practitioners during their winter retreats.
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2022-01-28   187 Views
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2022-01-28

Vegan diet helps city councillor in UK recover from long COVID

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Vegan diet helps city councillor in UK recover from long COVID

City councillor inUK turns vegan and vastly improves long-haul COVID condition. Shaista Aziz, Labour Councillor for Oxford CityCouncil in the United Kingdom, recently wrote a column in “The Guardian”newspaper describing how she had turned to veganism to assist in recoveringfrom long-haul COVID symptoms. The many benefits from her switching to aplant-based diet have included decreased inflammation, more energy and bettersleep.She also has found that vegan food is reasonably priced and many of thedishes she grew up with as part of her Pakistani heritage are plant-based orcan be easily veganized.In fact, Ms. Aziz called her adoption of the vegandiet “one of the best decisions of her life.” She also describes coming to therealization that by adopting veganism “we can create healthier and more equalsocieties” through conscious awareness of how we eat and live.We are so happyto hear of your transition to the vegan diet and all the benefits you haveexperienced, Shaista Aziz. May all people realize that leaving animal-peopleoff the plate is the only path to recover our health and humanity, in Heavenlycompassion.
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2022-01-27   79 Views
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2022-01-27

Ivory law in Hong Kong comes into full effect.

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Ivory law in Hong Kong comes into full effect.

First introduced in 2018, the complete prohibition oncommercial possession, import and re-export of elephant-people ivory is nowfully in place, and offenders could face US$1.3 million in fines as well as 10years in prison. Hong Kong was previously a major part of the global ivorymarket, with 7.2 metric tons of tusks being seized in 2017 alone.In addition,a new law was also passed last year that classifies wildlife-people traffickingas organized crime.Thank you, Hong Kong, for noble actions that help toprotect wildlife-persons, and especially the people from the elephant kingdomby outlawing ivory. In the blessings of the Buddha, may the killing ofindividuals from all species be stopped immediately, as the governments of theworld use their resources to protect our well-wishing animal-peopleco-inhabitants.
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2022-01-27   21 Views
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2022-01-27

The Respected Most Venerable Thích Nhất Hạnh (vegan): A Great Soul Remembered

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The Respected Most Venerable Thích Nhất Hạnh (vegan): A Great Soul Remembered

On January 22, 2022, the Respected Most Venerable Thích Nhất Hạnh, an internationally renowned Buddhist spiritual leader originally from Âu Lạc (Vietnam) passed on at the ripe age of 95. He was responsible for introducing Zen Buddhism and the concept of mindfulness to many parts of the world through his organization, The International Plum Village Community of Engaged Buddhism, with monasteries in Europe, the United States and Asia. A vegan and staunch promoter of peace, in the 1960s, Thích Nhất Hạnh was actively involved in seeking to end the conflict that was ongoing at the time in his homeland. The compassionate monk was nominated for a Nobel Peace Prize for these noble efforts. He was an icon of paramount spiritual importance. We share our deep sorrow for the loss. May his soul rest in the forever Buddha Land.
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2022-01-23   1397 Views
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2022-01-23

New study shows that COVID symptoms decrease in those who consume more plant-based food

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New study shows that COVID symptoms decrease in those who consume more plant-based food

Plant foodsconsumption associated with less severe COVID. A recent study found that COVID-19 patients who werehabitual consumers of plant-based foods had decreased symptoms of the disease.Researchers from the Department of Medical Sciences at the University ofGuadalajara in Mexico looked at 236 patients who were suspected of havingCOVID-19, of which 103 had tested positive. In examining their diets, theresearchers found that the COVID positive individuals with a high habitualintake of legumes, grains, bread and cereals, showed decreased symptomseverity.The paper’s lead author, Professor Elihud Salazar-Robles, affirmedthe key role played by our dietary choices, stating, “This study is only astart and the sample size is relatively small. However, even such a study showshow important the effect of diet can be.”Our sincere appreciation, ProfessorSalazar-Robles and colleagues! May humans everywhere enjoy the healthfulnessand vitality of the vegan diet, in the grace of the Providence.
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2022-01-22   369 Views
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2022-01-22

Winter Relief Aid in Taiwan (Formosa)

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Winter Relief Aid in Taiwan (Formosa)

In the Supreme Master Ching Hai International Association Relief News from Taiwan, also known as Formosa…The frigid temperatures of the winter season are extremely uncomfortable and potentially life-threatening for those living on the streets. With heartfelt concern, Supreme Master Ching Hai contributed US$24,000 and asked our Association members in Taiwan (Formosa) to find and aid homeless people who are not in shelters, as they are more in need. Over several weeks in December, our Association’s relief teams mobilized across the country.
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2022-01-17   868 Views
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2022-01-17

Climate summit in Scotland, UK, features fully Vegan menu

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Climate summit in Scotland, UK, features fully Vegan menu

Large mediaorganization holds climate conference with fully vegan menu. United States- headquartered TED, which stands for“Technology, Entertainment, and Design,” held an in-person climate conferencecalled the Countdown Summit, in Edinburgh, Scotland, UK. The event featured afully plant-based menu and had 1,000 participants, including Indigenous leaders,scientists, politicians, entrepreneurs, youth activists, artists and more, whogathered to discuss how to restore and protect the planet. A blueprint for anattainable path to net-zero emissions was also presented.Elizabeth Novogratz,Executive Director of animal-people rights non-profit Species Unite, commendedTED for the vegan menu, saying, “This sends a clear message to the world thatthey are serious about tackling animal agriculture’s catastrophic impact on ourplanet.”Way to go, TED, for serving vegan food, the only sure way to solve ourcurrent planetary crisis. In the mercy of Heaven, may your wise example haveprofound effects on society and help to usher in a plant-based era of climatestability.
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2022-01-05   479 Views
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2022-01-05

Non-vegetarian food stalls banned from roads in Ahmedabad, Gujarat, India

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Non-vegetarian food stalls banned from roads in Ahmedabad, Gujarat, India

Ahmedabad,Gujarat, India’s civic body releases directives to remove non-vegetarian foodfrom main roads. In November 2021, Ahmedabad Municipal Corporation(AMC)’s Estate Department issued an oral order banning stalls and food cartsselling non-vegetarian food from public roads as well as those operating withina 100-meter radius of schools, marriage halls, community halls, and religiousplaces.The AMC’s town-planning committee chairman, Devang Dani, said, “…actionshould be taken considering the impact it has on people’s health.” Earlier, themunicipal corporations of Vadodara, Rajkot, Junagadh, and Bhavnagar in Gujarathad ordered shopkeepers and hawkers to cover non-vegetarian food, includingeggs, as they injure religious sentiments of Hindus.Thank you, Devang Dani andthe AMC, for your courageous, exemplary leadership to protect institutes oflearning, spiritual areas, and the public from animal-people foods. May allgovernments worldwide follow your compassionate steps to end the killing andselling of animal-people permanently, in the Divine’s eternal glory.
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2022-01-01   353 Views
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2022-01-01

Vegan athlete wins Belgian national weightlifting title for the fourth consecutive year

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Vegan athlete wins Belgian national weightlifting title for the fourth consecutive year

Sahyuri Lalime, a vegan powerlifter, has won the 2021Belgian Championships competing in the classic division for the 63kg (kilogram)category. Sahyuri lifted an impressive total of 412.5 kilograms: a 180kgdeadlift, 152.5kg squat and 80kg bench press en route to winning the bestoverall female lifter title for the competition.A vegetarian for almost 20years and vegan since 2015, Sahyuri said, “I’m extremely proud to be a veganpowerlifter. Every day I am saving lives – and, hopefully, inspiring others tosave lives, too - by proving that you don’t need any animal products to bestrong ...”A hearty congratulations, Sahyuri Lalime, on once again provingrobust, healthy bodies are built on plant-based diets. In Divine upliftment,may your stellar example inspire many to adopt the win-win vegan lifestyle.SupremeMaster Ching Hai: “Joyfully present the Shining World Athlete Award to SahyuriLalime with love, praises and a big hug. We vegans are mightily proud of youand all other VEG Athletes as you all drive home the true message of benevolentstrength, that compassion is the key to wholesome fitness. May God bless youmore each of your powerful days to continue your awesome life in peace andsuccess.”
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2021-12-31   229 Views
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2021-12-31

United States courts start recognizing animal-people as legal persons

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United States courts start recognizing animal-people as legal persons

The US District Court forthe Southern District of Ohio has granted the right to be legally recognized toa community of around 135 hippopotamus-people living in Colombia. The AnimalLegal Defense Fund (ALDF), acting on their behalf, is requesting two Americanexperts to give information in a Colombian court case regarding what medicinesthe Colombian government should give them. ALDF is also acting on behalf of ahorse-person named Justice, and suing a human who had mercilessly abused him.Furthermore, The Nonhuman Rights Project is representing an elephant-personnamed Happy in court, who they describe as being “unlawfully imprisoned” in aNew York City zoo and say should be granted freedom so she can move to anelephant sanctuary.The United States is a recipient of five Shining WorldLeadership Awards for Compassion, three Shining World Leadership Awards forGood Governance, seven Shining World Leadership Awards for Promoting HealthyLiving, and Shining World Leadership Awards for Good Governor, Justice,Protection, and Environmental Protection; and a laureate of 24 Shining WorldLeadership Awards for Compassion, three Shining World Leadership Awards forProtection, two Shining World Leadership Awards for Loving Care, a ShiningWorld Leadership Award for Good Governance, a Shining World Peace Leader Award,Shining World Caring Leadership Award, and Shining World Super Loving CareLeadership Award. Such love-filled news, United States courts, that you aregranting our animal-people friends their right to legal hearings.In the graceof Heaven, may the animal-people protection laws of all countries soon be fullyenforced, as we free our gentle co-inhabitants from their unjust situations.SupremeMaster Ching Hai: “Respectfully and tearfully present the Shining WorldLeadership Award for Justice to the US District Court for the Southern Districtof Ohio, with high salute, gratitude, and praises, in God’s Love and Mercy. MayDivine protection be always with you, as you continue to kindly protect thedefenseless.”
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2021-12-30   359 Views
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2021-12-30

India’s most populated state implements ban on sale of meat and alcohol in wards around holy site

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India’s most populated state implements ban on sale of meat and alcohol in wards around holy site

Meat and liquor banimplemented in Lord Krishna’s birthplace. Chief Minister of theIndian state of Uttar Pradesh, His Excellency Yogi Adityanath, recentlyannounced a prohibition on the sale of meat and liquor in a 10-square-kilometerarea around the twin cities of Mathura and Vrindavan.The designated space,which includes the birthplace of Lord Krishna, was declared as a sacredpilgrimage site. The Chief Minister stated, “Saints and public representativesare of the view that liquor and meat should not be consumed here (in Mathura).The administration should make plans for counseling and training of thoseinvolved in such activities in order to shift them to some other trade.”Thestate is a Shining World Leadership Award for Good Governance recipient forpreviously outlawing the vending of meat and alcohol in a region of Barsana andVrindavan as well as banning liquor sales in certain areas of Mathura.Oursincere appreciation, Your Excellency Yogi Adityanath and Uttar Pradeshcitizens. Your piety is rightly expressed in creating a pure atmosphere free ofharmful substances, in God’s boundless Benevolence.
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2021-12-09   370 Views
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2021-12-09

New York City elects its first-ever vegan mayor

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New York City elects its first-ever vegan mayor

The Honorable Eric Adamshas made history as the first vegan to be elected to the mayor’s office. With alandslide victory, Mr. Adams ran his campaign on the message of ensuring publicsafety amid the Covid-19 pandemic.As the Borough President of Brooklyn, Mr.Adams has led several initiatives, including a plant-based medicine program withNYC Health + Hospitals Bellevue. He also implemented Meatless Mondays inschools as well as co-introduced a motion, which passed, to ban processed meatsfrom public school menus citywide.For his benevolent actions, he was awardedthe Shining World Leadership Award for Compassion by Supreme Master Ching Hai.In 2016, after adopting a plant-based diet, Mr. Adams discovered that “food canbe medicine” when he reversed his type 2 diabetes and restored his vision. Celebrating his victory, the happy vegan enjoyed a “Plant-Based Mayor’sBreakfast Wrap,” created by community vegan food provider Plantega to honor themayor-elect’s historic win and inspire others.Congratulations, the HonorableEric Adams! Wishing you all the very best as you guide your city towards goodhealth and prosperity, in God’s Blessings.
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2021-12-08   562 Views
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2021-12-08

United States study demonstrates COVID vaccines becoming less effective with Delta variant’s spread

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United States study demonstrates COVID vaccines becoming less effective with Delta variant’s spread

United States study shows COVID-19 vaccines lost effectiveness due to Deltastrain. Researchers from the PublicHealth Institute in Oakland, the Veterans Affairs Medical Center in San Francisco,and the University of Texas Health Science Center recently conducted a study onthe effectiveness of COVID-19 vaccines over time in a population of 800,000 USveterans and found that their ability to protect against the infection haddeclined.Specifically in the participants over the age of 65, theeffectiveness was reduced from 89% to 58% with the Moderna inoculation, from87% to 45% with the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine and from 86% down to just 13% forthe Johnson & Johnson’s product.Protection against the likelihood of deathfor this particular age group was also reduced, ranging between 52% with theJohnson & Johnson’s vaccine and 76% with the Moderna compared to not beingvaccinated at all.Our appreciation, researchers, for helping to highlight theincreasing ineffectiveness of COVID-19 vaccines, so that people can makeinformed decisions about wearing masks and protecting themselves in other ways. In the mercy of the Providence, may the citizens of the world soon deal withthe root cause of the pandemic and stop eating animal-people.
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2021-12-05   502 Views
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2021-12-05

European Parliament votes to move away from intensive animal-people factories and towards plant-based agriculture

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European Parliament votes to move away from intensive animal-people factories and towards plant-based agriculture

European Parliament approves strategy to shift away from intensiveanimal-people factories. The European Union’sEuropean Parliament recently approved the “Farm to Fork Strategy” report, whichwill guide the continent’s move away from large-scale animal-people factoriesand towards environmentally friendly organic and plant-based agriculture. Theplan stresses that industrial animal-people raising increases the risk ofzoonotic diseases spreading and seeks to prohibit the caging of people from theanimal kingdom in such operations possibly by 2027.The report acknowledgesthat the current food system is not within the bounds of planetarysustainability and that the new path will transition Europe’s food consumptionpatterns toward plant-based and away from meat and ultra-processed products.The European Union is a recipient of four Shining World Leadership Awards forHumanitarianism, two Shining World Leadership Awards for Peace, and a ShiningWorld Leadership Award for Earth Protection; as well as a laureate of twoShining World Leadership Awards for Humanitarianism and Shining WorldLeadership Awards for Compassion, Unconditional World Care and True Caring.Great news, European Parliament, on your vote to shift towards a sustainable,organic, plant-based agricultural system. In Divine benevolence, may yourstrategy be quickly implemented as your noble and compassionate ideals spreadacross the world, so we may restore the health of our planetary home.
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2021-12-05   779 Views
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2021-12-05

Dutch capital commits to going 50% plant-based

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Dutch capital commits to going 50% plant-based

To encourage citizens tobecome healthier, the Amsterdam City Council in the Netherlands has signed theCity Deal, which has the goal for people to increase their plant-based foodintake from the current 39% to 50% by 2030 and then 60% by 2040.To achieve this,the distribution of sustainable and healthy food around schools, publicbuildings and vulnerable neighborhoods will be expanded. Supermarkets andrestaurants will also increase plant-based items, as well as focus on sourcinglocal food. Permits for individuals selling unhealthy fast food will berestricted.It is envisioned that these measures will help to counteract theincreasing problem of obesity among children and adults in the Netherlands.Amsterdam is a Shining World Leadership Award for Compassion laureate.Way togo, Amsterdam, for increasing your plant-based intake! May you exceed yourgoals as all cities worldwide commit to a 100% vegan future, in the blessingsof the Providence.
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2021-11-28   370 Views
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2021-11-28

Amsterdam prohibits the sale of fur, and live lobster and crab-people

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Amsterdam prohibits the sale of fur, and live lobster and crab-people

Amsterdam takes steps toprotect people from the animal kingdom. The city of Amsterdam inthe Netherlands recently prohibited the sale of live lobster and crab-people,along with fur from all 34 of the city’s markets. The law will be activelyenforced starting January 2022. It was originally proposed in 2018 by theanimal rights political group, Party for the Animals.Amsterdam has alreadybanned the use of nonhuman beings for advertising purposes as well as ensuredthat all catering for city functions is vegetarian. For this latter move in2019, Amsterdam became a Shining World Leadership Award for Compassionlaureate.Way to go, Amsterdam city council, on your humane legislation for thesentient lobster-people, crab-people, and furry friends. In Celestial mercy,may outright bans on all non-vegan products soon be enacted across the world aswe empathize with others’ suffering and take action to protect them.
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2021-11-19   648 Views
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2021-11-19

WHO climate report calls for “largely plant-based diets”

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WHO climate report calls for “largely plant-based diets”

World HealthOrganization (WHO) climate report urges “largely plant-based diets.” In a new publication,the WHO warns that climate change is “the single biggest health threat facinghumanity.” The organization’s Director-General His Excellency Dr.TedrosAdhanom Ghebreyesus said, “The COVID-19 pandemic has shone a light on theintimate and delicate links between humans, animals and our environment. Thesame unsustainable choices that are killing our planet are killing people.”Tourgently remedy the crisis, the assessment presents ten priorityrecommendations, including the adoption of “healthy, largely plant-based diets”to reduce methane emissions over the coming decades.The study also highlightsthat the nearly US$600 billion annual governmental subsidies given to theagricultural sector globally are distorting the true cost of harmful foods likemeat, and urges that these incentives be diverted to promoting a healthier,sustainable food system.Many thanks for the illuminating report, World HealthOrganization. To survive, may humanity embrace the cure-all vegan lifestylenow, in Divine wisdom.
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2021-11-15   573 Views
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2021-11-15

Researchers from the United States confirm showing people slaughterhouse footage helps them change their diet

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Researchers from the United States confirm showing people slaughterhouse footage helps them change their diet

Study finds showing footageof animal-people livestock factories causes people to eat less meat. A recent joint research of studies that show theeffectiveness of discussing or depicting animal welfare was conducted byscientists from the Stanford University School of Medicine, University ofCalifornia at San Francisco, Northwestern University, and Harvard University,all in the United States.They concluded that around 83% of the participantsreduced their meat consumption when presented with documentaries, virtualreality experiences, articles and graphic footage illustrating the horrorsexperienced by animal kingdom people within the meat industry.Co-author of thestudy and director of the nonprofit The Humane League Labs, Jacob Peacock, saidthat using these methods provides “promising potential to effect widespreaddiet and lifestyle change.”Empowering news, university researchers,demonstrating the need to show people the abysmal realities of ouranimal-people friends who are killed every day for food. In Heaven’s grace, mayeveryone soon discover their compassionate self by making the wise veganchoice.
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2021-11-12   536 Views
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2021-11-12

Research calls for drastic climate action to protect children’s rights

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Research calls for drastic climate action to protect children’s rights

A recent study published bythe nongovernmental organization Save the Children International warns that ifcountries only follow the original Paris Agreement pledges, global temperatureswill still rise by an estimated 2.6 to 3.1 degrees Celsius above pre-industriallevels.This increase will lead to those born in 2020 facing significantly moreextreme climate-related events than people born in 1960. On average, the younggeneration will face twice as many wildfires, 2.8 times more crop failures, 2.6times more droughts, 2.8 times as many river floods, and 6.8 times moreheatwaves than their grandparents.Sadly, those living in lower- andmiddle-income countries, as well as disadvantaged communities, will bear themajority of losses and damage in the areas of health, education, and housing.To secure children’s rights to a safe future, the publication calls for“ambitious and urgent” action to limit warming to 1.5 degrees Celsius. SupremeMaster Ching Hai has previously donated US$50,000 to Save the ChildrenInternational to further its work.Our gratitude for this alarming, eye-openingreport, Save the Children International. May humanity resolutely and swiftlyembrace a green, vegan lifestyle to halt the climate crisis, in Divine mercifullight. Vegan side effect: feel like singing n dancing, ah why not!
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2021-11-03   301 Views
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2021-11-03

Research in United Kingdom confirms impact of Meat Free Monday

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Research in United Kingdom confirms impact of Meat Free Monday

Campaigns to change thepublic’s eating habits yield results. Meat Free Monday, co-founded by Sir Paul McCartney in2009, encourages meat-eaters to abstain from eating animal products one day aweek.A recent study out of Brighton and Sussex Medical School (BSMS) in the UKrevealed that a third of the program’s participants become full-timevegetarians after five years.The research also showed that 20% of individuals whojoined similar diet-change movements adopted either a vegetarian or vegan dietwithin three to five years.Dr. Richard de Visser, the lead author of thereport, commented that the effectiveness of this kind of behavior upgraderelies on continually providing people with inspiring information and support.Many thanks to Sir Paul McCartney, a Shining World Compassionate Artist Awardlaureate, Dr. de Visser’s team at BSMS and everyone who has reduced their meatconsumption. Your actions contribute to a viable and fulfilling future on ourblessed planet, in the grace of the Providence.
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2021-11-02   258 Views
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2021-11-02
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