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Climate Crisis: Countdown to Year Zero, Part 1 of 7

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Climate Crisis: Countdown to Year Zero, Part 1 of 7

Welcome to Part 1 of our seven-part series on the Climate Crisis, featuring the illuminating documentary, “Countdown to Year Zero.” “We have been living in this system of normalized violence and we've been killing animals at such a fast pace. I mean, we kill more animals in four to 12 hours than all the humans that ever died in wars throughout human history put together.” “If you look at the World Wildlife Fund “living Planet Report,” it gives you the statistics that tell you very clearly, we have to change by 2026, otherwise, we are in big trouble. Death and extinction. This is a very serious issue. It's something that we have never ever faced before as humanity. We have been living in this system of normalized violence and we’ve been killing animals at such a fast pace.” “It takes eight pounds of grain to produce one pund of beef. We could stop destroying the forest. We could end world hunger, human world hunger, by giving that food directly to starving children. And we could save all these animals, and we could stop climate change if we just changed our diets.”
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2020-03-30   1407 Преглед
Планетата Земя: нашият любящ дом
2020-03-30

Climate Crisis: Countdown to Year Zero, Part 2 of 7

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Climate Crisis: Countdown to Year Zero, Part 2 of 7

On today’s program we’ll continue watching “Countdown to Year Zero,” by joining a student climate change strike in New York City. “If we don’t do this to make huge, huge, huge changes in the next five to ten years, our kids are all going to be climate refugees.” “For way too long, the politicians and the people in power have got away with not doing anything to fight the climate crisis.” “I would tell consumers to eat less or no meat, to move towards a plant-bused diet. We need the natural world, and we’re destroying it so fast. Unless we all get together now, it will be too late.” “So we are here to start the ball rolling for a Vegan World by 2026. Clearly the system that normalizes violence is going to end whether we like it or not. It’s going to end because the Earth is saying, “It’s no more.” Within eight years, climate change is going to be crazy. It is telling us, the Earth is telling us we have to change. And there is this one light that you see at the end of the tunnel. And you see that light, and that’s nonviolence.”
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2020-04-06   1073 Преглед
Планетата Земя: нашият любящ дом
2020-04-06

Climate Crisis: Countdown to Year Zero, Part 3 of 7

00:11:26

Climate Crisis: Countdown to Year Zero, Part 3 of 7

On today’s program, We’ll continue watching “Countdown to Year Zero,” as Ms. Velez-Mitchell asks Dr. Rao how humanity will make the shift from eating meat to veganism. “And I thought that we are doing a disservice to the people if you don’t tell them what is going on. And animal agriculture, it has such a huge impact on climate change and it’s not being addressed at all.” “You’re also one of the people behind two incredible documentaries, “Cowspiracy” and “What the Health.” Processed meat has officially been determined by the World Health Organization to be cancer causing. But these parents are shoving these nuggets down these kids’ throats and they don’t see anything wrong with it, but it’s cancer causing. How do we fight all that?” “What I’m suggesting we do is we build a new one, rather than fighting the old one. (Yeah.)”
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2020-04-13   724 Преглед
Планетата Земя: нашият любящ дом
2020-04-13

Climate Crisis: Countdown to Year Zero, Part 4 of 7

00:11:58

Climate Crisis: Countdown to Year Zero, Part 4 of 7

In this episode we'll learn that one of the most powerful tools for encouraging people to change is social media. On today’s program, we'll meet two social media animal-rights advocates, Mr. Ryuji Chua, a dedicated activist from Los Angeles, California, USA, and Ms. Renee king-Sonnen, founder of Rowdy Girl Sanctuary in Waelder, Texas, USA. “By me putting out content on the internet and being like, ‘Hey, this is what I’m about. I’m vegan, this is my life. My life is awesome.’” ”I can't speak to everyone. But what if I can speak to a thousand people and I can not only speak to them but empower them to create their own community? Then they can empower their community to create more communties. And in that way, we can really spread a movement. Today we have this opportunity to change the world by creating communities.“ “This chicken farmer-cattle rancher family in the heart of chicken-ranch country has gone vegan.” “The earth is getting hotter. We are killing animals. We are destroying forests still. And so, we have no choice but to return the forests. To me it’s as if Nature has said, ‘You now understand what’s going on. You now know you have to bring back life. That’s the only way you’re going to survive. Otherwise you are also going to die.’”
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2020-04-20   667 Преглед
Планетата Земя: нашият любящ дом
2020-04-20

Climate Crisis: Countdown to Year Zero, Part 5 of 7

00:14:30

Climate Crisis: Countdown to Year Zero, Part 5 of 7

On today's program, we'll travel to Costa Rica to learn more about the exciting and inspiring project, “Vegan World 2026.” “So, the mission of the ‘Vegan World 2026’ is to co-create a culture of normalized nonviolence. So, we are on top of a hill that used to be coffee farms and cattle ranches and it has now been turned into a native forest. And the idea is to understand how to live in harmony with nature, so that we are not running away from animals, we are not running away from spiders or killing them off when they come into our homes. We have to transition to a way of living where we can return land back to nature, bring back the forest, bring back the wild animals, so that we can sequester carbon, heal the climate, and solve the biodiversity-loss issue, so essentially returning Earth back to its pristine form, you know, Eden, back to nature.” “Our demands: governments stop subsidizing animal agriculture and start promoting organic plant agriculture. Two, media report the truth about animal agriculture's devastating impact on human health, the environment, and our fellow creatures. We plead: One: environmental, conservation, health, animal welfare and religious organizations adopt a public vegan policy. Two: consumers stop buying animal products. YOU CAN PREVENT YEAR ZERO!”
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2020-04-28   617 Преглед
Планетата Земя: нашият любящ дом
2020-04-28

Climate Crisis: Countdown to Year Zero, Part 6 of 7

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Climate Crisis: Countdown to Year Zero, Part 6 of 7

Let's find out more by joining internationally acclaimed television host, author, and animal rights activist, Ms. Jane Velez-Mitchell, as she interviews Dr. Sailesh Rao. “The world that we are in now is based on normalized violence, which is really about killing things off. And we're killing things off at such a fast pace that we are in danger of killing ourselves as well. That's a frenzied rate of killing! And all because we are making money. Somebody is making money off of all this killing. So, we have a system that's based on making money off death, disease and destruction. Death for the animals, disease for human beings and destruction for the planet. That's the system that we are in, because it's a system based on fear, it's based on war, continuous war, endless war. It's all about violence. It's a very violent system. And so, nature is now telling us, if we don't stop this and change to a system of normalized nonviolence by 2026, you're done.” “The most important is to, please, choose to be vegan. The vegan diet is not an option anymore. It is a must. It is an obligation if we want to save our only planet.”
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2020-05-04   435 Преглед
Планетата Земя: нашият любящ дом
2020-05-04

Climate Crisis: Our Oceans are Rising, Part 1 of 2

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Climate Crisis: Our Oceans are Rising, Part 1 of 2

In this series we will learn about the effects of the climate change crisis on our oceans, how this affects our world today and what we can do to reverse the damaging impacts. For the past 50 years, the ocean has been absorbing 90% of all the heat generated by global warming. Unfortunately, with the ever-increasing concentration of greenhouse gases, global temperatures have continued to rise, and much of the excess heat is being trapped in the upper levels of the ocean. This is causing the water to become warmer, and to expand, therefore leading to a consistent rise in sea levels. However, the sea level doesn’t only rise due to the expansion of sea water. It also rises as a result of water runoff from the melting of ice sheets and glaciers at both the North and South Poles. The melting of Antarctica’s ice sheet is currently responsible for almost 25% of global sea level rise. If it were to melt completely, it could raise sea levels by as much as 58.3 meters! This is what makes Antarctica the most critical indicator of how quickly our oceans will rise over the coming decades and centuries. However, the effect of this less-than-one-cm increase each year has had a disastrous effect on our world’s low-lying coastal habitats. The esteemed climate scientist, Professor Andrew Shepherd, from the University of Leeds in the United Kingdom stated, “As a rule of thumb, for every centimeter rise in global sea level, another 6 million people are exposed to coastal flooding around the planet.”
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2020-05-09   531 Преглед
Планетата Земя: нашият любящ дом
2020-05-09

Climate Crisis: Countdown to Year Zero, Part 7 of 7

00:13:07

Climate Crisis: Countdown to Year Zero, Part 7 of 7

In previous episodes, we learned that “Year Zero,” the year our planet could be destroyed, is 2026. However, we can prevent this apocalypse by making one simple change: global adoption of the vegan lifestyle. Only in this way can we prevent “Year Zero” from happening. “So, this is going to be over. And then most people are going to flip when social pressures flip the other way and many people start being vegan, and it starts being an actual thing.” “It’s inevitable that their industry will go away. It will end. The planet can’t sustain it, and human consciousness will not go along with it. We're evolving too quickly.” “Vegan companies like Beyond Meat’ are now going public, and this is where the smart money is going. We are hitting the tipping point.” “We represent a worldwide movement, and we will not relent until total animal liberation is achieved!” “We do have a chance to reverse climate change. People are in alignment with this mission. They will listen to us. If we say, ‘If we just reduce consuming animals, we can actually bring back the forests.’” “The moral position is to resist this and to end it.”
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2020-05-11   580 Преглед
Планетата Земя: нашият любящ дом
2020-05-11

Climate Crisis: Our Oceans are Rising, Part 2 of 2

00:18:33

Climate Crisis: Our Oceans are Rising, Part 2 of 2

In today’s program, we will learn about the effects that Sea Level Rise (SLR) is having on our coastal communities, how it will affect the world in years to come, and what we can still do about it before it’s too late. A research paper entitled “World Scientists’ Warning of a Climate Emergency” was published in the January 2020 issue of BioScience. The Paper, written in collaboration with the American Institute of Biological Sciences, was ratified by 11,258 scientists from 153 countries. It identified six major solutions put forward as the last opportunity we have to reverse the climate change crisis. This includes: replacing fossil fuels with renewables, reducing climate pollutants such as methane and carbon, protecting and restoring our ecosystems – this means stopping land clearing, reducing meat consumption, moving away from an interest in improving GDP and loking at human health and well-being instead, and also slowing down and stabilizing human population growth. What this tells us, and what we can no longer ignore with over 11,000 scientists in agreement, is that the biggest cause of global warming is raising livestock animals. And therefore the single most important step this world needs to take is to stop eating animals and to adopt a plant-based lifestyle.
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2020-05-17   464 Преглед
Планетата Земя: нашият любящ дом
2020-05-17

Pandemics: The Key to Prevention, Part 1 of 3

00:17:31

Pandemics: The Key to Prevention, Part 1 of 3

In late December 2019, news of a strange new virus emerging in Southern China began to surface. The virus, it was reported, was highly contagious. The World Health Organization named it “coronavirus disease,” or “COVID-19.” COVID-19 proved to be extremely contagious and spread like wildfire through China’s massive population. On March 11,2020, Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, the Director General of the World Health Organization, declared the Virus to be a global pandemic, stating, “We are deeply concerned both by the alarming levels of spread and the severity. We have therefore made the assessment that COVID-19 can be characterized as a (global) pandemic.” The pandemic put much of the world on pause. Billions of people were “self-quarantined” for an indefinite period. Borders were closed, flights cancelled. With billions of hearts was an underlying sense of fear. According to medical research, COVID-19 is a zoonotic disease, an infectious disease transmitted from animals to humans. It is suspected that the COVID-19 virus originated in bats, was then transferred to pangolins or scaly anteaters, and finally to humans. Scientists have demonstrated that every pandemic the world has experienced over the past 100 years has originated from animals.
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2020-05-18   859 Преглед
Планетата Земя: нашият любящ дом
2020-05-18

Pandemics: The Key to Prevention, Part 2 of 3

00:17:30

Pandemics: The Key to Prevention, Part 2 of 3

Over the past century, almost every pandemic has been a zoonoses. World authorities and organizations have become increasingly alarmed about the ever-increasing number of zoonotic diseases. The World Health Organization has also expressed concern, estimating that approximately one billion illnesses and millions of deaths occur each year from zoonoses, and that 60% of all existing infectious diseases in the world came from animals. As a consequence of the COVID-19 pandemic, China temporarily closed some of its live animal markets, but did not ban them. Many believe far bolder action is required, even on a global level. Supreme Master Ching Hai tell us it is not, and frequently reminds us that the true cause of all pandemics is meat consumption, as in a 2009 conference in Thailand. “According to the scientific study of these fatal diseases, all of them originated from human hunting or slaughter of animals for meat. This is the activity that must cease for the betterment of humanity, animals and our world - the meat eating must stop.”
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2020-05-25   656 Преглед
Планетата Земя: нашият любящ дом
2020-05-25

Pandemics: The Key to Prevention, Part 3 of 3

00:13:54

Pandemics: The Key to Prevention, Part 3 of 3

The threat of future zoonoses or animal-transmitted diseases is even more concerning. Currently, over 72 billion land animals are slaughtered for human consumption every year. And what’s even more troubling is that many of these animals were raised on factory farms. For years, world health experts have warned about the dangers of factory farms as uncontrolled sources of new viruses. World organizations recognize the need for international regulation of the livestock animals’ industry. Pandemics are immensely costly, both in terms of lives lost and economic costs, and most of them come from animals. Raising livestock animals and meat consumption are also the major causes of climate change, deforestation, pollution, and loss of wildlife. Ed Winters, aka “Earthling Ed,” is a vegan educator from London, England. he explains that meat consumption has been the root cause of many of the world’s deadliest diseases. As such, eating meat can no longer be considered a “personal choice.” Dr. Michael Klaper, a highly acclaimed physician, consultant, and speaker, believes the current pandemic is a warning. Dr. Klaper: “I have to say something about the origin of this scourge that we’re facing. This was not a random event. It has to do with the confinement and slaughter and eating of animals.” For more than three decades, Supreme Master Ching Hai has been reminding us about the bad karma we incur from eating meat and the need to adopt the compassionate, plant-based lifestyle. The current situation is so critical that in March 2020 Master sent an “URGENT Message to All World Leaders and Governments.” “The WORLD IS BURNING, threatens to get worse any moment, HUMANS AND ANIMALS PERISHING at an alarming rate. Heavens and Earth are plaguing us with ever new, more strange diseases. Destructive signs are evident everywhere. WARNING SIGNS ARE AMBER and obvious around our world! Our climate is accelerating. So, stopping these brutal, murderous businesses is the fastest way to cool our Earth. And this VEGAN LAW IS THE MOST EFFECTIVE WAY TO SAVE OUR WORLD.” Many thanks, Supreme Master Ching Hai, for your clear guidance and direction. We pray that all beings soon adopt the noble, compassionate vegan lifestyle.
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2020-06-01   628 Преглед
Планетата Земя: нашият любящ дом
2020-06-01

Extreme Weather Events: Droughts Around the World, Part 1 of 3

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Extreme Weather Events: Droughts Around the World, Part 1 of 3

As the world warms, Earth’s climate has been undergoing intense heat waves caused by the increased chance of extremely hot days and nights. Warming air also boosts the evaporation of surface water, thus worsening the effects of droughts. More droughts create dry fields and forests that are prone to catching fire, so increased global temperatures mean longer wildfire seasons around the world. Droughts affect more people globally than any other natural disaster, because droughts don’t come and go like hurricanes, tornadoes, and wildfires and their start might even be mistaken for a bit of a dry spell; however, the impact of droughts builds over time. Significantly, climate change has made droughts more frequent and intense. According to the World Health Organization (WHO), each year an estimated 55 million people globally are affected by droughts, which are the most serious hazards to crops in nearly every part of the world. Water is one of the greatest global risks we are facing this century. One third of the world’s 7.4 billion people live in water-stress areas. One billion people live without access to safe drinking water. The western United States is experiencing a historic “megadrought” — an ongoing period of arid conditions not seen in centuries. Further south in Central America, Chile is also in the midst of what scientists have labeled a megadrought, an uninterrupted period of dry years since 2010. What are the solutions to the current global droughts? Many ways to improve the situation and prevent similar events from happening in the future have been suggested. However, Supreme Master Ching Hai describes the best approach as follows: “Stockholm International Water Institute states that 70% of water is used by agriculture. Of that amount, a lot of it is going into planting corn and soy and that is to feed animals, not humans! That’s why we’re short of water, short of food. Meat industry should be cut. That will help the planet. That will help to reserve our water, to refill our lakes and our rivers again. That is physically and scientifically speaking, I’m not talking about the merit, the bad karmic contribution that we are doing to ourselves by harming others and torturing animals and killing them just to save our stomach. So, if we really want to save the water for the world to be able to use for our daily necessity, not to talk about future generations, then we have to change to a vegetarian diet, animal-free diet. Animal industry must be out.” We pray to Heaven that the United States, Chile and other affected countries quickly find the solutions to the drought conditions and water shortages.
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2020-07-13   380 Преглед
Планетата Земя: нашият любящ дом
2020-07-13

Extreme Weather Events: Droughts Around the World, Part 2 of 3

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Extreme Weather Events: Droughts Around the World, Part 2 of 3

On today’s show, we’ll explore the severe drought conditions that are affecting Africa and Europe. Home to the Sahara, the world’s largest hot desert, North Africa is one of the driest regions on Earth, where it's common to have no rainfall for more than a year in some places. However, for many years climate change has increased the lack of rain and abnormally hot weather across East Africa, Southern Africa, and the Horn of Africa as well, damaging crops, increasing food prices, and driving up the aid requirements of tens of millions of already vulnerable people across the region. A record 45 million Southern Africans are food insecure as the region enters the peak of its lean season. Climate change is creating a drought crisis that’s affecting energy, food supplies and tens of millions of people every year around the world. From 1950 to 2014, droughts affected 2.2 billion people. In Europe, the damage caused by droughts between 1950 and 2014 is estimated to be 621 million euros per event. To date, 11% of the European population and 17% of the area comprising the EU have been affected by water scarcity. Europe is seeing soaring temperatures. The current drought, especially in the northern and central parts of the continent, has had a devastating impact on crops. Water is essential for us, for plants and for our crops, for just about everything on Earth. Without water, everything changes. Supreme Master Ching Hai is deeply concerned about the drought conditions around the world, especially in Africa. “In Africa, people in Somalia, Ethiopia, and Sudan, to name just a few, have been crippled by drought. According to the United Nations, desertification, which often results from felling too many trees and damage that occurs from such activities as cattle grazing, is affecting the well-being of more than 1.2 billion people in more than 100 countries at risk.” “As drought and water crises are spreading silently across the globe, affecting 44% of the world’s population, even triggering conflicts in some areas, the livestock industry is guzzling much of our precious fresh water.” “This is not to mention the 21 times of human waste that each cow produces, and the huge amount from poultry that over 70 million birds produce. As the land cannot absorb it all, much of the excess runs into our rivers and soil. But all the while, livestock production is hazardously wasting and polluting any remaining water supply. If we really want to conserve our clean, safe water for ourselves and our children, we must stop livestock production and adopt the plant-based diet.” May Heaven bless Africa and Europe. We pray to Heaven that the people of Africa and Europe quickly adopt the right answer for stopping drought and water shortages – the compassionate vegan lifestyle.
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2020-07-20   380 Преглед
Планетата Земя: нашият любящ дом
2020-07-20

Extreme Weather Events: Droughts Around the World, Part 3 of 3

00:16:36

Extreme Weather Events: Droughts Around the World, Part 3 of 3

Today we’ll explore more about drought-induced conditions, this time in Asia and Australia. More than 66 million Southeast Asians have had their lives disrupted by drought in the past three decades. Severe drought and the construction of dams have driven the Mekong River to its lowest level in 100 years, endangering food supplies for tens of millions of people. In East Asia, a severe drought is plaguing east China's Anhui Province, leaving crops damaged and drinking water supplies disrupted in some of the hardest-hit regions, according to local authorities. A total of 45 cities and counties have been ravaged, with regions in three cities along the Yangtze River suffering from the worst drought in up to 50 years. In the past three decades, Mongolia has also been experiencing extreme droughts and water shortages due to the increased numbers of livestock animals being raised, and approximately 72% of the land has become severely degraded and overgrazed. In South Asia, a report by India’s government found that 600 million Indians -- nearly half the country’s population - are facing acute water shortages. Worst hit is the semi-arid region of Marathwada, infamous for the exceedingly high number of farmer suicides in Maharashtra. Large parts of Australia are currently experiencing the most severe drought on record. Farmers in Australia are already struggling with the drought, which has left entire towns without water, and the effects are now spreading to major population centers such as Sydney, where its five million residents were recently subjected to level-two water restrictions, which regulate garden watering, hosing of hard surfaces, and car washing. Supreme Master Ching Hai kindly shared the best way to stop global warming, the cause of extreme drought conditions around the globe, and thus save our planet, our Loving Home. “We still can rescue our home, planet home. Number one solution is vegan, organic vegan. Veganism will save our world. One of the most effective and fastest ways to reduce the heat in the atmosphere is to eliminate methane production. Methane not only traps up to 72 times more heat than carbon, it also goes away from the atmosphere much faster than CO2. So, if we stop producing methane, the atmosphere will cool more quickly than if we stop producing carbon dioxide. See what I mean? Organic vegan will produce beneficial cooling effect as it will cut down methane and other greenhouse gases which are fatal to our survival.”
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2020-07-27   214 Преглед
Планетата Земя: нашият любящ дом
2020-07-27

Zoonotic Diseases: Nature’s Self-Defense, Part 1 of 2

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Zoonotic Diseases: Nature’s Self-Defense, Part 1 of 2

“Through COVID-19 the planet has delivered its strongest warning yet that we must change our ways. Human activity has altered virtually every part of the land. As we displace the natural world, we’re destroying vital ecosystems and the biodiversity that thrives on them. We are causing climate change, harming our ability to feed ourselves, opening the door to new illnesses such as COVID-19. It’s time to listen to the planet’s warnings.” “To care for humanity, we MUST care for nature. We need our entire global community to change course. Let’s rethink what we buy and use. Adopt sustainable habits, farming, and business models. Safeguard remaining wild spaces and wildlife. And commit to a green and resilient future. As we work to build back better, let’s put nature where it belongs -- at the heart of our decision making.” “Because these infectious diseases or infectious agents are stored deep inside our wilderness. It is nature’s defense weaponry. She would release it as new pathogens that we call when we cross our limits. So, when we raise the threshold of the biodiversity loss, these pathogens – these new pathogens are emergent pathogens – are going to be released. So, it all depends on our actions. A large number of studies have shown that pathogens are in a state of undiluted equilibrium in the complex stable and undisturbed ecosystem. So, if the ecosystem remains in that state, which is undisturbed, stable, and complex, then nothing is going to happen. We are perfectly safe.” “So, in one sense COVID-19 or any other emerging zoonotic diseases is nothing but nature’s retribution. Mind that, just like the case of hornets and snakes, it’s not a deliberate murdering, you see? These zoonotic diseases are nothing but nature’s own self-defense strategy; not (an) offense, but it’s (a) defense.”
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2020-08-10   1052 Преглед
Планетата Земя: нашият любящ дом
2020-08-10

Extreme Weather Events: Urgent Call for Prevention, Part 1 of 3

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Extreme Weather Events: Urgent Call for Prevention, Part 1 of 3

As various regions across the globe become hotter and drier, destructive wildfires have been growing in size, ferocity, and speed. Wildfires that caused severe destruction of ecosystems, homes, and other types of property in Australia, California, Siberia, and parts of Europe were featured on Supreme Master Television in March of this year. Unfortunately, the dismaying weather phenomena caused by climate change continue to occur unabated. Now let’s travel to the Amazon, the world’s largest rainforest, which is home to approximately three million species of plants and animals, and one million indigenous people. Brazil has had more than 72,000 forest fires so far this year [2019]. More than half of them were in the Amazon. Wildfires often occur in the region during the dry season. But there has been an 84% increase from 2018, according to Brazil’s National Institute for Space Research. Like many countries, China has also seen a number of deadly forest fires due to dramatic weather effects. On March 31, 2020, a devastating wildfire broke out in Xichang, Liangshan Yi Autonomous Prefecture in southwest China's Sichuan Province. State television footage showed flames shooting into the sky above the city of Xichang, turning the sky orange. The fire was reported to have spread across more than 1,000 hectares of forest. In April 2020, several wildfires took place across Scotland due to dry, windy weather. More than 30 firefighters rushed to extinguish the blaze in the Kilpatrick Hills, West Dunbartonshire. Six trucks and a helicopter also arrived at the scene to help put an end to the raging flames. During the same week, similar fires were seen in the Highlands, and in the city of Dumfries and Galloway and in Stirling, a city in central Scotland. In May 2020, it was reported that more than a dozen wildfires were raging across the state of Florida, USA, burning property and prompting evacuations, as excessive heat and dry weather took place. The Florida Panhandle in the northern part of the state was among the hardest hit areas. Wildfires in at least three different parts of the Panhandle damaged or destroyed buildings, forcing more than 1,000 people to evacuate their homes. “Everything is good for people if they don’t eat meat anymore. So, they should also quit it for their better life, better health, better environment, and saving this Earth home for all to enjoy, especially for their future generations. If we don’t do it now, the Earth will be gone! It’s not a matter of personal choice anymore. It’s a planetary life-and-death matter.”
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2020-08-14   513 Преглед
Планетата Земя: нашият любящ дом
2020-08-14

Zoonotic Diseases: Nature’s Self-Defense, Part 2 of 2

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Zoonotic Diseases: Nature’s Self-Defense, Part 2 of 2

Today we’ll further explore the causes, interconnections, and solutions for our planet’s public health and economic crises. In June 2020, the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) released a report entitled, “COVID-19: Urgent Call to Protect People and Nature,” urging governments, corporations, organizations, and the public to take action to restore our broken relationship with nature and thus avoid future pandemics involving zoonotic infections, defined by the report as “any diseases originating from animals and transmitted to humans.” Among the many suggested initiatives to be implemented, some to be applied by governments are: a) halt the high-risk wildlife trade and increase enforcement to combat the illicit wildlife trade; and b) introduce and enforce legislation and policy actions to eliminate deforestation and conversion from supply chains. “To talk about nature is to talk about our essence, is to talk about us. The forest, the leaves, nature, the wind, the rain – it is sacred. Everything is sacred. In my language, it's called, ‘u-tã’ -- everything is sacred. Nature and the indigenous people are the whole of harmony. The indigenous people cannot live without nature, without the river. The earth has life; it cries when it is destroyed.” Defined by The International Ecotourism Society as “responsible travel to natural areas that conserves the environment, sustains the well-being of the local people, and involves interpretation and education,” ecotourism could be part of the solution to our profits vs. planet issues. Countries such as Costa Rica, Ecuador, Kenya, Nepal, Madagascar, and regions like Antarctica already use ecotourism as an important economic activity. The WWF for Nature report also recommends “scaling up efforts to combat the trade of illegal and high-risk species at national and international levels.” Some organizations including The International Anti-Poaching Foundation and The Black Mambas Anti-Poaching Unit, both in Africa, are putting forth efforts to stop the illegal hunting and capturing of wild animals. And last but not least, some enterprises have virtually taken land use out of the equation. Watergen, Ô Amazon Air Water, Solar Foods, and Fairbrics are some of the innovative businesses using air as a primary source for the development of food, water, and even clothing – avoiding the devastation of forests and the conversion of natural ecosystems, as well as preventing contact with wild fauna carrying viruses not yet known to human beings.
Планетата Земя: нашият любящ дом
2020-08-17   772 Преглед
Планетата Земя: нашият любящ дом
2020-08-17

Extreme Weather Events: Urgent Call for Prevention, Part 2 of 3

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Extreme Weather Events: Urgent Call for Prevention, Part 2 of 3

Apart from heatwaves and wildfires, climate change has also triggered many other extreme-weather events, including intense storms, floods, and blizzards. For example, a series of recent winter storms in the United Kingdom and other parts of Europe led to severe downpours, floods, high tides, and other extreme weather events. The first storm, Atiyah, swept across the Republic of Ireland on December 8, 2019, with wind speeds of up to 80 mph (130 km/h). Rough seas along the west coast of Ireland were also produced by the storm. After Atiyah, Storm Brendan battered the UK on January 14, 2020, bringing rain and wind gusts of more than 80 mph (129 km/h). The highest wind gusts recorded in the Republic of Ireland reached a speed of 83 mph (134 km/h) at Roches Point on the County Cork coast and 63 mph (101 km/h) at Magilligan. In February 2020, about a month after the impact of storm Brendan, Storm Ciara, called “Britain's “storm of the century,” brought more chaos as raging winds of up to a 100 mph (161 km/h) swept across the UK and northern Europe, causing widespread flooding and travel disruptions. Another storm named Gloria arrived in Spain and France. On January 20, 2020, this Mediterranean Storm unleashed its fury across Spain with high winds, heavy rainfall, and snow. The hardest-hit areas were Murcia, Valencia, Barcelona, and the Balearic Islands. It was reported that on January 18, 2020, Canada’s province of Newfoundland and Labrador was barraged by a massive winter blizzard. As a result of the storm, 21,000 homes were left without power and a state of emergency was declared in the province, banning all road travel except for disaster-related or other urgent needs. On social media, the storm was dubbed “snowmageddon,” as snowdrifts partially buried homes. The Canadian Armed Forces were dispatched to Newfoundland and Labrador to help with recovery from the historic blizzard. All of these incidents occurred due to the severe effects of climate change on our planet’s weather system. Urgent action to end climate change is desperately needed. A scientific study by Drs. Joseph Poore and Thomas Nemecek, published in the journal Science, reports that a vegan diet is the “single biggest measure that can be taken to reduce environmental pollution.”
Планетата Земя: нашият любящ дом
2020-08-22   839 Преглед
Планетата Земя: нашият любящ дом
2020-08-22

Extreme Weather Events: Urgent Call for Prevention, Part 3 of 3

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Extreme Weather Events: Urgent Call for Prevention, Part 3 of 3

It is becoming increasingly clear that hurricanes, typhoons, and tropical cyclones around the world are becoming stronger and potentially more deadly as the planet warms due to the climate crisis. On May 20, 2020, it was reported that Amphan, the strongest cyclonic storm since the 2007 season, had made landfall along India’s east coast and in Bangladesh. With wind speeds gusting to more than 240 km/h (150 mph) the cyclone wreaked havoc as it raced inland, disrupting power supplies to about 5.5 million homes, and causing high tidal surges and a chaotic mess along the coast. The storm prompted Bangladesh to evacuate about 2.4 million people to shelters, while in India’s West Bengal, 500,000 people had to rush to safer locations. On numerous occasions, our beloved Supreme Master Ching Hai has stated that the most effective way to stop global warming is through widespread adoption of the vegan lifestyle. “We must, first of all and the most important thing, we have to stop global warming by choosing a sustainable diet that is vegan. This will almost immediately stabilize the planet, the weather, and then we can think about adapting to the changes. I hope we don’t have to adapt, but otherwise, it might be too late if we don’t take care of the problem at the root right now.” “You know, being a leader, you are supposed to lead people into the right direction, if you already know what’s good for them. It’s your duty. But it doesn’t seem like they’re doing much, or not fast enough, because they know for that piece of meat, if people continue to consume it, then the children and the other people, children, women, men, animals on this planet are going to be harmed, hurt or killed or maimed. And the other further generations, their children, their grand, grand great grandchildren, will be burned in such an inferno because of climate change due to meat consumption, meaning the meat industry. So, I don’t know why they hesitated so long, not to talk about Heavens and hells and punishments, rewarding, nothing else. As a human, we have to take care of each other, take care of other humans and animals, the weaker, lesser beings, by doing what is appropriate to protect us and protect them. For God’s sake!”
Планетата Земя: нашият любящ дом
2020-08-26   562 Преглед
Планетата Земя: нашият любящ дом
2020-08-26
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