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Thawing of the Permafrost: Countdown to a Climate Catastrophe, Part 1 of 2

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Thawing of the Permafrost: Countdown to a Climate Catastrophe, Part 1 of 2

Permafrost covers are widespread in the Arctic regions of Siberia, Canada, Greenland, and Alaska. They play a vital role in stabilizing the planet’s climate by functioning as a cover that seals in gas hydrates, which are crystalline solids containing huge amounts of carbon-based elements. It’s worrying that the rapid melting of permafrost, caused by high temperatures, can lead to dramatic changes in the atmosphere. Climatologists have long viewed the thawing of the Arctic’s permafrost as a ticking “climate time bomb.” Supreme Master Ching Hai has spoken on this topic many times, saying, “If the methane in the whole world, under our feet, is one day released, then we’re all gone. Because it’s heating up now, and all this permafrost and whatever that protected the methane, hiding the methane gas before, could be all melted, and sooner maybe than we think. And then that’s it. That will be sudden. It’s already releasing some. We don’t need to wait too long if that happens. (Yes, we pray that the world will be vegan so that we can avert that.) Yes. That’s why we’re praying every day one hour.” Leneisja Jungsberg, a research fellow at Nordregio, highlighted the urgency of the situation, saying, “Permafrost thaw is a ticking bomb for the climate. The increase in permafrost thaw – caused by global warming – has the potential to release substantial amounts of sealed carbon dioxide and methane, which is a very powerful greenhouse gas. This, in turn, intensifies climate change. It’s a vicious circle.” Supreme Master Ching Hai has often discussed the dangers caused by the melting of the permafrost and what we can all do to stop climate change. “Meanwhile, potent methane gas, once frozen beneath the Earth, has become a ticking time bomb due to rising temperatures in the Arctic and is now set to trigger runaway climate change. We are living [in]the worst-case scenario and the scientists are crying out for us to hit the emergency brake now, and hard. So it’s the emergency brake that we need, and the place that we need, and the place to start is the animal-people livestock industry. Because the animal-people livestock industry, animal-people raising, generates the largest human-made source of methane. It is also a very large source of black carbon, or soot, and accounts for at least 51% of all greenhouse gas emissions that heat up our planet. So if we stop the animal-people livestock industry, then we will stop global warming – fast and simple.”
Planet Earth: Our Loving Home
2022-02-07   774 Views
Planet Earth: Our Loving Home
2022-02-07

The Devastating Chain Effect of Extreme Heatwaves, Part 1 of 2

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The Devastating Chain Effect of Extreme Heatwaves, Part 1 of 2

Extreme heatwaves not only pose a threat to humanity, ecosystems, and the global economy, but also increase the risk of other types of disasters. Heat can exacerbate drought and water shortages that can destroy crops and lead to famine, while hot dry weather can create wildfire conditions. On today's program, we’ll look into the extreme heatwave events of 2021 and the connection between heatwaves and the triggering of many other disasters. Kathy Baughman McLeod, Sr. Vice President and Director of the Adrienne Arsht-Rockefeller Foundation Resilience Center, is leading the global call for the dangers of extreme heat to be properly recognized. She says, “Heat is a silent killer, it sneaks up on you.” It doesn’t have a season and it isn’t dramatic but it is quietly killing more people than any other climate phenomenon -- particularly in places that are not accustomed to such high temperatures. In addition, the brutal heatwave killed millions of mussel-people, clam-people, and other people of the marine kingdom. It was also responsible for the death of nearly all juvenile Chinook salmon-people in the Sacramento River, pushing the endangered people of the fish kingdom even closer to extinction, according to officials from the California Department of Wildlife.The extreme heat also fueled deadly wildfires and worsened the current drought conditions in the Western US. “Right now, part of seven southwestern states are experiencing what is known as exceptional drought, the most severe category of dry conditions. And in some of those same places, roughly 50 million people are about to endure temperatures well above 40 degrees Celsius.” Experts have suggested that people and authorities should be prepared and equipped to cope with extreme weather events like this. However, Supreme Master Ching Hai says that the best approach is to stop the global warming that causes climate change. “Too hot. And people will die too. People die, animal-people die – not to talk about anything else. And then diseases will spread because of the heat. When everything is so depleted like that, I don’t think it’s a very good idea. First, have to stop the animal-people industry to cool the planet and then for everything else we can have time to take care of.”
Planet Earth: Our Loving Home
2022-01-24   670 Views
Planet Earth: Our Loving Home
2022-01-24

COP26 Report: Veganism the Top– Most-Important– Solution for Halting Climate Change, Part 2 of 2

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COP26 Report: Veganism the Top– Most-Important– Solution for Halting Climate Change, Part 2 of 2

During the conference, many world leaders warned about the imminent, devastating impacts of climate change. One such leader was The Honorable Simon Kofe, Tuvalu’s Minister for Justice, Communication and Foreign Affairs, who stood knee-deep in water to deliver his message. “In Tuvalu, we are living the realities of climate change sea level rise as you stand watching me today at COP26. We cannot wait for speeches when the sea is rising around us all the time. Climate mobility must come to the forefront, we must take bold alternative action today to secure tomorrow.” During COP26, global citizens also protested against government inaction. On November 5, 2021, people around the world participated in an international event called, “Global Day of Action for Climate Justice.” In Glasgow, more than 100,000 people marched through the streets. Evan LeFevre, also known as “Vegan Evan,” a widely renowned animal-people rights activist and Shining World Compassion Award recipient, also attended COP26. He expressed his gratitude to Supreme Master Ching Hai and his wish for the world. “Thank You Supreme Master (Ching Hai) for everything You do for the animals, and for all the humans, and not just for the animals but for our planet. Because the animals on the planet, they need our help, and You’re doing an amazing job.” Although countless scientific reports conclude that raising animal-people for food is one of the leading causes of climate change, this topic was not discussed at COP26. Vanessa Hudson, Leader of the Animal Welfare Party, shared her view on this issue. “I cannot answer as to why our leaders aren't leading on this, why they aren't leading us towards a plant-based food future. We need people to lead us out of this crisis that we're in, which is a climate crisis, a biodiversity crisis, a health crisis, some would also say social justice crisis, to lead us to a future that works for all, and that has to start with a plant-based food system.” In a heartfelt speech in “Ahimsa and the Environment,” an online event held by the UK non-profit organization Go Dharmic, Master said the following: “All turbulences in our society are created by the violent and oppressive way we treat the innocent and vulnerable beings. We are destroying the plant kingdom, poisoning our food and water, killing helpful insects, animal-people, and killing humans as well, including our own children and babies, Billions of animal-people are slaughtered for meat consumption every week! They are also being horrifically oppressed to produce milk and eggs… All livestock farming is haunted with that oppressive, torturous, murderous, and utter suffering energy, all that tormented energy. And we are living in it. Then of course, by consuming these dead animal-people products, not only our soul will recognize it as unbefitting, cruel, wicked and devilish, but also our physical body will revolt. And then, sicknesses come… Now, imagine that kind of energy is being consumed by the mass of people globally and daily. Do we still wonder why our world degrades to this extent and suffers the way it does? Let’s pray for the quick rescuing of our planet and that our leaders and co-citizens alike will take heed of the warnings from nature, because nature is our own reflection. May God help the message of peace, mercy and benevolence to reach everyone’s hearts and open our minds to make the right choice, thus repair and sustain our only Earth home.”
Planet Earth: Our Loving Home
2022-03-21   463 Views
Planet Earth: Our Loving Home
2022-03-21

COP26 Report: Veganism the Top– Most-Important– Solution for Halting Climate Change, Part 1 of 2

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COP26 Report: Veganism the Top– Most-Important– Solution for Halting Climate Change, Part 1 of 2

From October 31 to November 12, 2021, 120 world leaders and more than 40,000 participants gathered in Glasgow, Scotland, for the 26th United Nations Conference of Parties (COP26) to discuss climate change and ways to stop it. First, we’ll hear from Ed Gemmell, Managing Director of Scientists Warning Europe, a global organization representing the views of thousands of climate change experts. “There have been four great scientists’ warnings to humanity: 1992, 2017, 2019, and eight days ago. All of the warnings mentioned our diet. And in the latest warning it endorses a massive change in diet for us on the planet. We have to reduce the methane emissions coming from agriculture. And the best way to do it is to move away from subsidizing and helping the methane-producing meat and dairy processing plants and farms.” “Trillions of tons of ice have disappeared over the 29-year period. The burning of fossil fuels and the raising of animals for food has spewed billions of tons of heat-trapping gases into the air, and hundreds of thousands of people have died from this heat. Islands are sinking, glaciers are melting, earthquakes and weather disasters like hurricanes are stoked by climate change. All of us have been watching in horror the destruction of the plant kingdom, the poisoning of our food and water, the killing of helpful bugs and insects and defenseless animals, and the killing of humans.” During his speech, Dr. Rao quoted from Supreme Master Ching Hai’s climate change books, “Love is the Only Solution,” and “From Crisis to Peace.” “In the book, ‘Love is the Only Solution,’ She says, ‘You may ask what is the main cause of this damage and destruction to the environment? Perhaps surprisingly, it's not the coal industry or cars or planes or trains or boats or ships. It’s methane, which is produced primarily by the livestock industry.’ So, if the livestock industry is the primary cause of this disastrous situation we find ourselves in, the solution is easy, isn't it? We must change our diet.” For several decades, our most beloved Supreme Master Ching Hai has worked tirelessly to remind us that there is only one solution to climate change: the global adoption of the vegan lifestyle. “A vegan diet will stop 80% of global warming, stop all the cruelty, beginning on our plate, generating loving, kind energy around the world. Stop water shortages and water pollution. Stop food shortages. Stop world hunger and war, prevent deadly diseases. Save enormous tax and medical bills to build a better world, and support new, useful inventions and good people's organization. The list goes on and on. We all want to have a peaceful world, and we all talk about how we want peace and love. Well, I think we should start it now and let peace begin on our plates. Let love begin with our choice. All the benefits of a vegan diet cannot be overstated.”
Planet Earth: Our Loving Home
2022-03-14   623 Views
Planet Earth: Our Loving Home
2022-03-14

The Devastating Chain Effect of Extreme Heatwaves, Part 2 of 2

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The Devastating Chain Effect of Extreme Heatwaves, Part 2 of 2

In the previous episode, we learned how record severe heatwaves have impacted people's lives in the Western Hemisphere. On today's program, we’ll continue to see how climate change has caused extreme heatwaves that have led to disasters on other continents and what we can do to help mitigate this catastrophe. In the Middle East, heatwaves reaching temperatures of over 50 Celsius occurred in the Arabian Peninsula during the summer of 2021. Several countries in this region have already experienced severe drought, the worst in 900 years, and adding the extreme heatwaves has just made things worse, resulting in increased evaporation, lower water levels, and spreading desertification.Although Africa produces less than four percent of the world’s greenhouse gases, it is heavily impacted by climate change. Lack of rain and temperature increases have caused the worst droughts and the failure of crops. According to the United Nations, hunger is expected to rise in many places in Africa. In Ethiopia, the number of people facing starvation and death is expected to rise to 400,000, including tens of thousands of children. Our hearts are broken to see the condition of people in Africa. We need to act now to save the people and our world. Supreme Master Ching Hai has revealed that the quickest and most long-term solution to extreme weather events is adopting a vegan lifestyle. "Now, we have also record heat. The past decade has twice, at least, seen the hottest average annual temperatures ever recorded in our planet's history. In 2003, a record heatwave hit Europe, claiming tens of thousands of lives. Heatwaves also preceded the worst wildfires ever in Australia's history. Our current course of climate change is worse than the worst-case scenario projected by the United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), with the damaging and often fatal effects already being seen through such extreme events as hurricanes, flooding, droughts, and heatwaves." "We now can see how imperative it is to stop the warming of the planet with the greenest of all green policies and actions, the most compassionate, the most heroic, the most life-saving action; that is, the vegan diet, organic vegan to be exact. It's better for your health as well. It is the long-term insurance against climate change."
Planet Earth: Our Loving Home
2022-01-31   429 Views
Planet Earth: Our Loving Home
2022-01-31

Understanding the Imminent Threats of Global Warming: Interview with Dr. Emma Haziza (vegan), Part 2 of 2

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Understanding the Imminent Threats of Global Warming: Interview with Dr. Emma Haziza (vegan), Part 2 of 2

On today’s program, Dr. Haziza shares further insights about the dire consequences of global warming. “And so, if we don't make the link today between the issue of mental health and the issue of these climatic extremes, it's us in the end that will pay the price.”“So, we indeed have to stop focusing on people who take a bath, or people who take a shower, because that is not the problem at all.” “Livestock farming is a huge consumer of water, and we see that in periods of drought, livestock farming is one of the first to suffer enormously.”“People must understand, at their level, what the consequences are and what is going to happen. So that's the first problem. The second major problem, in my opinion, is that we keep talking to people with scenarios for 2035 and 2050. And people are convinced that the problem will be in 2035 and 2050. But what has been happening on the planet during the last four years, this system which is self-expanding shows us that it's happening today not tomorrow, and the window of opportunity to react is very small. We only have a few years left! And so, a new world will have to be recreated.”“And so here we are, we're watching, and I think we all have to start acting. The first thing we have to do is to act on our plate. We have to relearn to eat as healthily as possible, with fruit and vegetables with as little as possible impact on the environment, because we're going to have a colossal impact. Through our consumption patterns, it's a militant act in itself, the way we eat.”Global warming has reached a critical tipping point. Given that a vegan lifestyle is the solution, what can we do to bring about a vegan world? “I think we need to talk to every citizen, every human being on Earth. We have to reconnect with him, and tell him that he has his power, he has his power to act, he also has his power to act in the choices he will make, and I believe that this is the only way we can act today.”
Planet Earth: Our Loving Home
2022-02-28   308 Views
Planet Earth: Our Loving Home
2022-02-28

Thawing of the Permafrost: Countdown to a Climate Catastrophe, Part 2 of 2

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Thawing of the Permafrost: Countdown to a Climate Catastrophe, Part 2 of 2

In 2018, research on abrupt thawing that occurred under arctic lakes, known as thermokarst lakes, was led by Professor Katey Anthony. They discovered that the abrupt thawing of permafrost increased the release of ancient carbon stored in the soil by “125 to 190 percent compared to gradual thawing alone.” She warned that “by the middle to end of the century, the permafrost-carbon feedback should be about equivalent to the second strongest anthropogenic source of greenhouse gases, which is land use change.” Geologist Dr. Patrick Abbot inspected the heatwave that occurred in the summer of 2020 in Siberia. “In some of these areas in Siberia, the gases are trapped beneath enough of that ice that you literally get an explosion just like a volcanic explosion. There [are] over 7,000 of them that have been identified in Siberia, and over 400 of them are looked at as being in imminent danger of eruption.” Supreme Master Ching Hai has spoken many times to warn us about the dangers of methane gas and the melting of the permafrost. “Other research has also highlighted how quickly the temperature is rising in the Arctic, much faster than in the rest of the world. This means a vast quantity of methane could be released from the previously frozen soil very quickly, which would be a complete disaster for life on Earth.” Another investigation concerning the rapid thawing of permafrost was conducted in 2021 as part of the ESA NASA Arctic Methane and Permafrost Challenge. The study found that deadly pathogens were hidden deep below the Arctic's permafrost, suggesting that these lethal viruses trapped deep below the Arctic's surface could be released as a result of the rapid melting of ice. Meat and dairy diets are driving climate change at a distressing speed. Supreme Master Ching Hai has often spoken about stopping the consumption of animal-people products as the only real solution to halt climate change and save our precious planet. “One fact is clear: if we stop meat consumption and animal-people livestock raising, we will also eliminate one of the most heat-trapping gases, which is methane. This will also address problems like the melting permafrost, which will otherwise emit more methane if nothing is done to halt it.”
Planet Earth: Our Loving Home
2022-02-11   517 Views
Planet Earth: Our Loving Home
2022-02-11

“The Betrayal of Point Reyes”: An Environmental Travesty - A Plea to Protect Precious Habitats, Part 2 of 2

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“The Betrayal of Point Reyes”: An Environmental Travesty - A Plea to Protect Precious Habitats, Part 2 of 2

On today’s program, Julie Phillips, a Tule elk-people biologist and educator shares her thoughts on the inappropriateness of having ranches in a national park. “I just briefly read the mission of the national park because I think that's really important. ‘The purpose of the National Parks system is to conserve the scenery and the natural and historic objects and the wildlife therein, and to provide for the enjoyment of the same in such a manner (and) by such means as will leave them unimpaired for the enjoyment of future generations.’ We need these special protected lands so we can be sure we have Tule elk over time.” “There's about a thousand acres of silage that's both planted and then mowed down as feed for the cattle operations. And they mow the lawn multiple times, including during bird nesting season. So, we have documented footage of these huge lawn mowers going over this silage grass field, and native birds just being demolished during their nesting season. And then on top of this, with so much land degradation and 30% of the land being dedicated to these ranchers, it basically creates a biological graveyard for wildlife.” “I really think that if we can phase out the commercial industry and we can give the land a chance to breathe and a chance to recover… So, if we can remove the destructive force on the land, the land will heal itself. But the first thing we have to do is get rid of all the harm that's being caused by these commercial beef and dairy operations.” For decades, our most beloved Supreme Master Ching Hai has warned that raising animal-people livestock not only destroys the environment, but is the primary cause of global warming. She says that a global shift to a vegan lifestyle is essential if we want to save our planet. “If you really love your children, you would do anything, right? You would even lay down your life, but you don’t even have to lay down your life; you will be even more healthy. You just lay down piece of animal-people’s meat, which is poisonous and bad for you, bad for the environment and damaging the planet anyway, the planet that they want their children to inherit.”
Planet Earth: Our Loving Home
2022-01-03   523 Views
Planet Earth: Our Loving Home
2022-01-03

Understanding the Imminent Threats of Global Warming: Interview with Dr. Emma Haziza (vegan), Part 1 of 2

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Understanding the Imminent Threats of Global Warming: Interview with Dr. Emma Haziza (vegan), Part 1 of 2

Dr. Emma Haziza is a respected hydrological and climate change scientist from France. She is the Founder and President of Mayane, a research center that assesses the water-related risks associated with climate change and develops strategies for mitigating their impacts. “The world is in the process of shifting to a new climate. We have to be aware of this because we can no longer model the rainfall we used to have. We'll have to model these mega-floods.” In 2021, global warming caused unprecedented amounts of rainfall and flooding in Europe, China, Au Lac (Vietnam), Sri Lanka, Canada, India, Colombia, and many other countries. However, other parts of the world experienced widespread droughts. One of the gravest risks of drought is uncontrollable wildfires. Dr. Haziza cites the unprecedented fires in California, USA, where the drought during 2021 was the most extreme in the state’s 126-year history of record keeping. “So, in fact, this agricultural state is suffering as it has never suffered before. We have always had variability, with several years of drought. What we are experiencing here has nothing to do with that. We're on these mega-fires, zombie fires, which go directly under the peat, and therefore, in fact, moving forward, difficult to be controlled.” “If we don't understand that we have entered a new era of extreme climate, it’s here and now that it's happening, we're indeed completely missing out.” “And you have these big mechanical machines, which are going to exploit, at all costs, not to mention the pesticides that we find in our rivers. So, we can see that we are in a system, where the soils are extremely poor the slightest rain will come and wash the soils. And so, in fact we are going to have gigantic soil losses, accelerated by the fact that we've, removed all the vegetation and all the shrubs.” Numerous scientific studies show that raising animal-people for our so-called “food” is the major cause of deforestation, soil degradation, water pollution, overuse of resources, and other problems.
Planet Earth: Our Loving Home
2022-02-21   527 Views
Planet Earth: Our Loving Home
2022-02-21

Protecting All Animal-People: Interview with Stephanie Maw (vegan), Humane Society International, Part 2 of 2

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Protecting All Animal-People: Interview with Stephanie Maw (vegan), Humane Society International, Part 2 of 2

On today’s program we continue our discussion with Stephanie Maw, Public Affairs and Campaigns Officer at Humane Society International (HSI), a global animal-people welfare organization. Stephanie discusses how raising livestock for meat consumption is causing many of the problems facing Earth today. “If you look at the numbers and the science, we know it's the second-largest emitter of greenhouse gas emissions globally, as much as all forms of transportation worldwide combined. And it's not just greenhouse gas emissions that are a problem with animal agriculture. It's also the single largest human-made user of land. And again, we've got the scientific agreement there that one really important way is to shift diets away from meat and dairy products. And the UN-backed Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change have shown that if we reduced our consumption of animal products and ate more plant-based products instead, that could reduce greenhouse gas emissions by up to 20%. So, it's a really huge opportunity there for leaders to really make sure we can tackle the climate and nature crises that we're facing.” “There's growing public demand for governments to step up to the plate and take the lead. A study came out by D-MOSS, and it looked at what are the public's thoughts on what policy actions the UK government should prioritise. And actually, one of the top three, with 93% of respondents, was, ‘We want to see strong government campaign and policy action on reducing meat and dairy consumption.’ So, that should be hugely encouraging to our politicians in the UK. There's that backing from the public. They want to see leadership from government on this.” “There was a survey by Harris Interactive. And that showed that 25% of people in the UK are now shifting away from animal-based foods and trying out plant-based foods. So that's great. And I think a particularly encouraging figure is to see that 20% of millennials now identify as vegan or vegetarian.” Our most courageous Supreme Master Ching Hai often reminds us that widespread adoption of the vegan lifestyle is the only way to save our Earth. “If the government doesn’t want people to eat meat anymore, then first they have to stop all the slaughterhouses, all the livestock industry. Close them all down. Give these business owners some subsidies so that they can turn that into another kind of farming. Because they say that’s an animal-people farm, so they can turn that into a vegetable farm and fruit farm.”
Planet Earth: Our Loving Home
2022-05-02   237 Views
Planet Earth: Our Loving Home
2022-05-02

Protecting All Animal-People: Interview with Stephanie Maw (vegan), Humane Society International, Part 1 of 2

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Protecting All Animal-People: Interview with Stephanie Maw (vegan), Humane Society International, Part 1 of 2

On today’s program we’ll meet Stephanie Maw, Public Affairs and Campaigns Officer of Humane Society International (HSI), a global animal-people welfare organization based in London, England. The mission of HSI is to protect all types of animal-people, including companion animal-people, farmed animal-people, and wildlife, and to prevent all forms of cruelty toward them. Stephanie describes some of the organization’s current projects. “We work on a number of campaigns. We've got a successful one on exposing the cruelty of the fur trade and trying to get a ban on fur farming or fur sales and imports in countries where there's already a ban in place. We're also working to end the trophy hunting trade, and then also the dog meat farming in Southeast Asia. So globally, we've got over 1,500 brands that have now agreed to stop using and selling fur.And our latest victory is one with ELLE Magazine. So, they, at the start of December, announced that they're going to be ditching fur across all of their editorial content and also their advertising content, both in their magazines but also online.” “Our Forward Food Programme is an international program. We run it across nine different countries, for example that includes the UK, Brazil, South Africa, the Philippines, Singapore, Vietnam, Mexico. So, it's really a big campaign. And we offer free culinary training programs to chefs and caterers and food service companies, but also to institutions, like schools and universities. We are now partnering with the second and third-largest catering companies, so Sodexo and Baxter Storey, and we're helping to support them so that they can reach their target, which is to switch to 25% to 30% of plant-based meals on their menus. It's been a great success because we've managed so far to switch 400 million animal-based meals to plant-based meals by working with caterers. And that's meant we've saved the lives to date of over 10 million animals and also the CO2 equivalent of 600,000 tons, which to give that a sense of what that means is as much as 1.4 billion miles driven in an average petrol car.”
Planet Earth: Our Loving Home
2022-04-25   315 Views
Planet Earth: Our Loving Home
2022-04-25
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