MC (f): Now, Mr. Nicolas Pauls, our panelist, has 2 questions for you, Master.
Supreme Master Ching Hai: Yes, but he knows everything. He knows everything already. He probably asks for others' sake. Okay, go ahead. Welcome.
Mr. Nicolas Pauls (m): Hallo, Master. Thank you. We know about the economic interest behind the meat industry, so the question is: What do you think is the way to inform about this truth, the importance of the meat industry in relation to global warming when neither government nor mainstream media talk about that? And the other question is, how should the disassembling of the meat industry take place? Let's imagine an ideal situation when the entire world stops eating meat, but what would happen with these six billion cows? Where would they go? What would their life be like?
Supreme Master Ching Hai: Thank you. Good afternoon, Mr. Pauls. How are you?
Mr. Pauls (m): Very well, thank you. Supreme Master Ching Hai: Thank you, too.
Supreme Master Ching Hai: I'm glad to see that you are a vegan yourself and you look a picture of perfection - healthy, handsome, intelligent. Congratulations! In your question of how to communicate the truth about meat, the first thing I can say is that you are already living this truth by example. So, congratulations again for that. (Mr. Nicolas Pauls (m):Thank you.
Supreme Master Ching Hai: To respond to your question about the way to convey the truth about the meat industry and its role in global warming, we cannot wait for the government and the media to get the message out. We have very little time now. So it might be too late by the time the government and the media get involved. Although I see the good trend now in the media that they report more about global warming and the solution than before, and some parts of the world, some small governmental agency has begun to advise people to eat less meat. But it's too slow. It's too slow for my liking and too slow to help our planetary problem.
So, it is we, the ordinary people, we must inform them instead. We must take the lead. We must do it by example. And you would be one of the natural agents for this kind of message since you are already well-known and I'm sure well-loved by the public. Well, I love you already. So I'm sure everybody else loves you. Everybody else love him there? Yes or no? See? See that? MC(f): Yes, it's true. Yes, of course.
Supreme Master Ching Hai: Yes, he's handsome, healthy, successful, lovable, intelligent, and so loving and kind to the defenseless animals. Anyone who loves defenseless animals would love other human beings even more so. And this is exactly what is needed right now. We have to inform people of the truth and we have to live by that truth. We have to inform also by example, like what you are doing.
Through our Supreme Master Television and materials such as the Alternative Living flyer, the SOS flyer, we try to do that as well - to explain to people the real cause of the imbalance on our planet. As you are probably very well aware, the facts themselves are very plentiful now. Starting with the 2006 United Nations report, “Livestock's Long Shadow,” which identified the livestock industry as emitting more greenhouse gases than all the entire transportation sector combined.
Even more recently, scientists have stated that the percentage of emissions coming from livestock could total more than 50% of the harmful gases driving global warming today. So, the scientists are doing their best to inform the public about the dire situation we are facing now. But it is up to us, all of us, to decide whether or not we should save our planet, save our family, save our children. And we can help to do the rest in sharing information about the most effective solution.
Fortunately, this solution not only works, it is readily available immediately to everyone. A vegan diet, free of animal products, and even better organic vegan - these are the keys to human and planetary survival. As for what we can do about the interests of the meat industry, we must be very steadfast in conveying what we know to be the real truth, and sharing it as far and wide as possible.
We can write letters to all these meat-industrial- responsible persons and tell them all these truths. We gather information and send it to them. Tell them they should change their profession. Tell them they should change to save the planet. Tell them they should be organic vegan farmers instead, or many other jobs nowadays - green technology. This truth, our need to stop the killing of animals, is the only one that will stabilize the Earth physically, as well as bringing peace and restoring hope to humans and the planet.
So please, help us spread this message, Mr. Pauls, and you will see the change that comes from more and more people returning to a humane, considerate way of life. I have said before, we can have Eden on Earth, and it is true. Please do join in spreading this message as much as you can in your capacity as a celebrity so you can see for yourself. Thank you for your question and your loving care. Thank you for being so kind to all of us by being kind to the animals. Thank you for doing your part in saving the planet. Thank you very much. Mr. Nicolas Pauls (m): Thank you.
MC (f): Thank you very much, Master.
Supreme Master Ching Hai: You're welcome.
MC (f): Master, Juan Gino Rossi Castro, a vegan engineer would like to ask you the next question.
Supreme Master Ching Hai: Yes. Please.
Juan Gino Rossi Castro (m): Good afternoon, Master. (Supreme Master Ching Hai: Good afternoon.) My question is, in respecting the free will that God bestows upon human beings, why does humankind destroy the planet that is their own home, damaging themselves and damaging their co-inhabitants? The best example of this is what is happening with global warming, knowing that the consequences could be very serious, similar to what happened on the planet Mars. Why doesn't God stop this before it reaches a critical point? Thank you, Master.
Supreme Master Ching Hai: Good afternoon, Mr. Castro. Another vegan! Very nice to see you! I'm glad you are vegan. For your question about free will and why humankind destroys their home planet, it is not that most humans intend to destroy. Many simply do not understand, are not informed. They don't realize the harmful emissions of the livestock industry, or that killing begets killing, and they are not aware that meat is another kind of addictive poison. They are not aware that meat is destroying our planet.
So that's what we try to do now, to help inform people of the planetary benefits of being meat-free as well as remind about the preciousness of all life and of being compassionate. In fact, the more that we find out about the meat industry, the more we know that it's a filthy, cruel enterprise where animals are tormented in their short lives from birth to their early death. But some of these facts are not easy to uncover, partly because the ones who sell the meat do everything to make it look attractive instead of telling the truth.
And the meat industry is often hidden from the public eyes so it's not easily detected by ordinary people - and then we can run out of time all too quickly. Like you mentioned on Mars, for example, the people did not know about the meat and killing karma (retribution). So at least you know and I know, and we tell as many people as possible, so that they also know. We have to be veg to save the planet! Your question as to why God didn't stop it before it was too late, you answered yourself, Mr. Castro. God does not interfere with free will.
And if the people don't know, they may sadly choose from ignorance. But we have the chance to change all that now, because we know what we need to change. We know that the vegan diet is the only way, the fastest way. It's the only way to cool and save the planet. So, with the help of people such as yourself, we can surely do just that. Please, help spread the message to be veg, go green, and save the planet! Thank you, sir.
MC (f): Thank you, Master, for this vital information. Master, the last two questions are from David Román, President of the Vegetarian Union in Spain who has sent his questions via video.
Supreme Master Ching Hai: Please. Welcome.
David Roman on video (m): I have a question for you. There is talk about predictions, both on a scientific level as well as other kinds, which talk about a profound change that we are going to experience in the year 2012. Could we see a positive turn in climate change in that year? My next question is: We often talk about helping animals, that we have to help them, but, is it not true that animals help us in many ways?
Supreme Master Ching Hai: Yes. Greetings, President of the Spanish Vegetarian Union. Thank you for your exemplary leadership in being veg and for your work to support others in the same. I really appreciate your efforts, as do the many animals whose lives are spared due to your effort. Regarding predictions or forecasts for the year 2012 from the scientific community and others, it is true that our situation is indeed urgent.
In fact, there is not a moment to lose. We can see everywhere reflections of a planet in trouble, with monsoons and flooding in one location and people losing their harvests and drinking water to drought in another. One way that our world can be preserved and stabilized is through everyone's change to a compassionate lifestyle, choosing organic vegan diet, which not only eliminates methane and other toxic, heat-trapping greenhouse gases emissions from the livestock industry, but the organic part takes care of harmful fertilizer chemicals and allows the soil to absorb a huge amount of atmospheric CO2.
As for whether we could see a positive turn in the climate in the year 2012, we surely hope for the current trend to continue and the planet's future to be assured by then. I have mentioned before that we have already reached the veg critical mass on Earth - meaning that the momentum created by the number of people who have already become veg is like a wave that is helping others join in. But we still need everyone in the world to be veg because of how long we have waited to make such a change.
So now we need 100% of the world population to be veg to save our world. We have to change before it is too late to change. Because if we don't change now, later when we want to change, it won't be helpful anymore. And yes, Mr. Román, you are surely correct that helping animals helps us.
They do give in so many ways! They are here to give. They are here to help us. This is another reason that we must be vegan. We must protect their lives because their lives are our lives. They're here to balance the planetary atmosphere. They're here to help heal us and heal the planet. We must protect their lives. We must act in a compassionate way. It is true that we need to stop the global warming emissions, but equally important is to stop killing the beings that have done nothing wrong but only offer us their love and immeasurable services.
Besides my own inner communication with the animals, there are many other people who are very gifted in this realm, known as animal telepathic communicators, who themselves have revealed messages from such noble beings, such as dogs, horses, birds, seals, whales, etc. These animals wish to convey only their abiding love for humanity and their desire to remain on Earth so that they can continue transmitting that love. It, of course, makes no sense that we would ever consider killing such beautiful hearts and souls as these! They are the best friends to all of us, and this is another reason that we need to change to a no-kill society. In doing that, all humans will comprehend more clearly the vast gifts bestowed upon us by the animal kingdom. Thank you, Mr. Román, for your caring question. May God bless you with every fulfilled endeavor in your life.
MC(f): Thank you for enlightening us with your love, Master.
Supreme Master Ching Hai: I thank you, also.
MC (f): Beloved Master and distinguished panelists, this concludes our question-and-answer session. Beloved friends, we are certain that questions such as these in this session have been very important.
Supreme Master Ching Hai: Very important.
MC (f): Yes, Master. Because we have cleared up many doubts and have opened up many alternatives for the solution of the problem of global warming. Supreme Master Ching Hai, distinguished guests, all our friends, this concludes our conference “Global Warming: Yes, There is a Solution!” It has been very important to hear each one of our invited guests because they have demonstrated that the problems about global warming do have solutions, and even more importantly, these solutions are in our hands.
So now it's time to act! Let's do it! There are many institutions all over the world, which are very dedicated, working diligently, such as Supreme Master Ching Hai has shown us, giving us much hope and solutions which are achievable for each one of us. If we really love ourselves, we should have compassion for the lives of our co-inhabitants and younger brothers, the animals. And we want to preserve the beauty of our planet Earth. We must act immediately.
From this moment, let's each and every one of us commit ourselves to saving our lives, the lives of our loved ones, of the future generation and all the beings on this planet. Let's pledge to be veg to save the planet! So, yes, let's be veg, go green, and save our planet! If you would like to support in helping our planet by declaring a “meat-free” diet, go to meatfreepetition.com organized by the Meat-Free Movement to sign the petition. Now, we invite Master to close-up this beautiful conference.
Supreme Master Ching Hai: Thank you, thank you. I would like to thank all the eloquent and distinguished speakers for this event. I also appreciate all of you, the bright and loving audience members, for caring about the Earth and coming here today to bring to light the important task of all of us that we have to save this precious planet. This is the only home that we have and thank you, your organizers, for making this meeting possible. May we all be encouraged by the fact that the best, lasting changes start with our own lifestyle; it is the same with saving the planet. Each one of us is responsible; and to encourage others as well.
Because simple, organic vegan diet is the only lifestyle change that is really necessary to restore our shared home. I would like to thank you again for your active efforts to make a difference. I hope together we can really save this beautiful planet. For those of you who are already vegan - bravo! and thank you. With the organic vegan lifestyle as part of everyone's heroic mission, our efforts together will surely bring a safe and saved world for both humans and our beloved animal co-inhabitants. I wish you all the best and Heaven's abundant blessings to the gentle-hearted people of Peru and beautiful South America. Thank you. MC(f): Thank you, Master.
Supreme Master Ching Hai: By the way, I would like to report to you something apart from that. I want to report to you about the current climate change effects in your country because it's important that you know about this.
The latest report by the UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change spoke of Latin America's vulnerability to severe climate impacts.
Peru is among the first to feel these impacts, as seen in the following: 1. Farmers in the Cusco highlands are suffering already from irregular, scarcer rain and extreme heat.
2. Due to excessive heat and droughts over the last 12 years, 140,000 hectares of potatoes and corn have been ruined - equal to food that could have fed 11 million people in the country. It's been ruined.
3. In the central Piura area, springs that used to provide drinking water until recently are drying up.
4. Mosquitoes causing dengue fever are also being seen for the first time in Piura, as they spread to new areas due to climate change.
5. Peru is home to 70% of the entire range of Andean glaciers, with peaks that supply the country's people with both water and hydroelectric power; however, these are all expected to disappear by 2015, just a few more years.
6. The glaciers in the Andes mountain range so far lost more than 20% of their volume. This is threatening the water supply for 30 million people. In Peru, the loss to glaciers is equivalent to 10 whole years of water supply for Lima city.
7. The Cordillera Blanca, a snow-topped northern mountain range of your country, sometimes called “Peruvian Switzerland,” you know about it, has been steadily disappearing due to climate change.
8. A warming climate has resulted in the 2008 disappearance of the Quilca Mountain snow cap, and in 2007 the Broggi Glacier also vanished, disappeared completely.
9. In early 2009, the Quilca Glacier disappeared completely. Now it's gone. It's gone now.
10. With 8 of the country's water basins already noted as being insufficient to meet people's needs, Peru's President Garcia announced in 2008 the construction of two desalination plants to try to address the water scarcity. It's that urgent already in Peru.
11. Dwindling water supplies have caused escalating tensions and even conflicts to erupt as many people, including disadvantaged farmers, don't have enough water, or are struggling for their share.
12. By 2020, it is predicted that up to 77 million people in Latin America will face water shortages.
13. In the past 6 years, Peru had at least 3 extreme temperature events and floods affecting more than 500,000 people. Within just 30 years, floods increased by more than 60%, and mudflows increased by 400%.
14. President Garcia declared a state of emergency in 2009 due to climate change-related severe cold and freezing conditions in the southern Andes that caused the death of nearly 250 children, and sickened many others. I have contributed my humble share to purchase children's warm clothes for this matter. But this is not the permanent solution. The permanent solution is we have to stop this happening again. We have to stop climate change. We have to stop this kind of disaster that kills the children in Peru and sickens many other children as well as adults and the vulnerable like the elders, the weak and already sick.
15. In Chimbote, Peru, heavy pollution from 40 fishmeal manufacturers causes documented human illness and increasing oceanic dead zones, with the ground-up fish being fed to caged salmon, creating yet another environmental imbalance and sickness to humans.
Thank you very much for your attention. I hope this report gives the people of Peru, Latin Americans, and the world a little more wake-up call. I thank you for your attention and I thank you in advance for whatever you will do on your part to save your country and to save the world. God bless you all. God bless the people of Peru. Thank you very much.
MC(f): Thank you very much, Master, for your enlightening information. We would like also to express our gratitude to our three panelists who have honored us with their presence here in this conference. Thank you very much, everyone.
MC (f): Thank you very much for your valuable presence. Thank you, Master. Thank you for your love.
Supreme Master Ching Hai: You're welcome. Bless you. MC(f): Thank you.
[In Spanish] Cecilia Brack Mendiola (f): She's a very well-informed person, and though she is such a spiritual person who devotes her life to compassion, to help people, she's a person who has searched for information about our country, which really satisfied me because you can see she knows. Because she has said that our country, as scientists have said, is a country that is going to have serious trouble with the global warming issue. And people don't realize that and so, let's hope that such a reliable voice, so kind as hers, will draw the attention for everyone of us to take action on the things we must do from our home because things have to start at home.
Raúl SierraArtist R (m): She (Supreme Master Ching Hai) is a great lady who is giving a global message. I have seen her curriculum in which she says many true things, that the world is in a state of deterioration, I repeat, through our fault because we don't care for animals, the vegetation, and water which is constantly decreasing.
Manuel Regalado BernalPsychologist & biologistDoctor of holistic healthVegetarian (m): The main advice as a biologist is to plant enough trees, as many as possible.
Try not to kill animals because animals are our best friends. Therefore, we shouldn't do this indiscriminate slaughter of living beings that are our younger brothers. And I believe this is one of the major goals in order to stop killing animals and preserve them to get a perfect balance among men, animals, and nature and the plants.
Be veg and go green to save the planet Earth.
Oscar SenmacheConference participant O (m): Well, I am very, very grateful for this nice sharing that contributes to raising awareness about this problem that affects not only the human race, but also animals, plants, minerals, and the climate. O (m): So, for my part, I am considering very seriously all instructions from the Master. The solution is very simple, isn't it? O (m): Human beings have to vibrate in only one purpose, which is to save the planet.
María del Rocío Cruz FrischConference participant MR (f): So, it's important to us as Peruvians, as Latin-Americans in general, to become aware about the meaning of this issue of global warming. MR (f): And what we can personally contribute in our homes or in our work, so, we have to put in effort so this cannot happen anymore, to do something to delay it.
Luis RodríguezConference participantVegetarian The fastest solution, the most successful one that we have is to be vegetarian, or vegan. For each one of us, it is the quickest solution. We should not wait. Nothing more than that. The solution is within us. Be vegetarian now. Do not wait a single minute, a day.
MiriamConference participantVegetarian M (f): Be veg! Go green! Save the world!