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Дата : 2021
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Greta Thunberg (vegan) Tells the World: Be Vegan to Save the Planet

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Greta Thunberg (vegan) Tells the World: Be Vegan to Save the Planet

Greta, whose efforts to halt climate change have been internationally recognized, has received numerous honors and awards, including the Shining World Heroine Award and the Normandy Freedom Prize of France, was named Time’s youngest-ever “Person of the Year,” and was listed by Forbes as one of the “World’s Most Powerful Women.” Greta first heard about global warming at school when she was eight. She was deeply concerned and started reading everything she could find about climate change. When she discovered that raising livestock is the foremost cause of greenhouse gas emissions, she immediately adopted a vegan lifestyle and insisted that her family do the same. Thus, in August 2018, Greta began protesting every Friday in front of Stockholm’s Parliament buildings. She stood alone, holding a hand-made sign reading, “School Strike for Climate.” When reporters asked her why she was not in school, she said that climate change was more urgent than education, and we must change the way we live if future generations are to survive. As awareness of her cause grew, Greta began to receive numerous speaking engagements. In December 2018, she addressed world leaders at the United Nations Conference of Parties (COP)- 24 Climate Change Conference in Katowice, Poland. “Our house is on fire. I am here to say, ‘Our house is on fire.’ According to the IPCC, we are less than 12 years away from not being able to undo our mistakes.”In May 2021, Greta helped make a short film called “#ForNature.” In this powerful documentary, Greta clearly explains in her own words the connection between raising livestock and the many crises facing our world today: pandemics, biodiversity loss, climate change, and more. She tells viewers that to simultaneously solve all of these problems we must make a global shift to the compassionate, noble vegan lifestyle.Greta not only wants all people to adopt the vegan lifestyle, but she also wants world leaders to truly assume their leadership role. She sent the following tweet to her millions of followers: “We – the 99.9 percent – have a responsibility to put pressure on the 0.1 percent in charge who refuse to stop the ongoing destruction of present and future living conditions for life on Earth.”
Планетата Земя: нашият любящ дом
2021-09-13   2568 Преглед
Планетата Земя: нашият любящ дом
2021-09-13

Innovative Ideas for Living More Sustainably, Part 2 of 3

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Innovative Ideas for Living More Sustainably, Part 2 of 3

On today’s program, we’ll visit Jess Morales of Montreal, Canada who, along with her husband and their two young children, are living zero-waste lives. “When we first began, we did a trash audit, which is just a fancy way of saying we looked in our trash can to see what was in there. We realized that most of our garbage was food waste and food packaging. So, we stopped buying pre-packaged meals and snacks, and now we buy loose fruits and vegetables. And we also opt for things that we can buy easily available in bulk, like seeds, nuts, and raisins, things like that to snack on. And, instead of buying packaged meals, we cook a lot of our stuff from scratch.” Let’s now return to Jess and her family, and discover how they deal with inedible food waste, such as vegetable peelings and fruit cores. “So, we started composting. Now our compost is nothing fancy. It’s just our old garbage can with holes drilled into it. But eventually, our city started a curbside compost collection as well. So just this very simple change of composting helped us reduce our waste by about 40%.” “So, to prevent us from accumulating unnecessary things, we asked our family members to give experience gifts or activities, or simply just to give the gift of their time. So, for Christmas this year our kids got snowboarding lessons. They went bowling for the first time with their auntie. They loved it. And for their birthdays, they got swimming lessons and dance lessons. So, we find these types of gifts really enrich our children’s lives; they create memories, and also long-lasting skills.” Our most gracious Supreme Master Ching Hai frequently encourages us to minimize our possessions and simplify our lives, because a simple life has many benefits. “It’s not that we have a big house and a luxury place, then we feel happy. I can guarantee it. You have my word. The more stuff we have, the more troublesome it becomes. We have to wipe and to clean it, and worry about it getting taken away by others, worry about thieves. If we have nothing then we have nothing to worry about. If we have little and cherish what we have, it will be just the same as if we own a lot. We feel even happier than having more stuff.”
Планетата Земя: нашият любящ дом
2021-06-28   1243 Преглед
Планетата Земя: нашият любящ дом
2021-06-28

Water: A Precious Resource for Life on Earth, Part 1 of 2

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Water: A Precious Resource for Life on Earth, Part 1 of 2

"Every year, on the 22nd of March, the world comes together to help create water awareness. Everyone, from our world leaders to children in primary schools, join the fight against the abuse, pollution, and over exploitation of our precious water resources." Fresh water is the resource that all of us must share to meet many of our daily needs. We need fresh water for drinking, cooking, personal hygiene, and operating our sanitation systems. We also use fresh water for raising animals, irrigating crops, and manufacturing. Even today, fresh water is scarce. Why do we currently have a water shortage? There are several reasons. First, over the past 100 years, the Earth’s population has grown rapidly. In addition, as technological advancements and wealth increase, the demand for fresh water has risen much faster than the growth in population. According to the United Nations, the average person now uses twice the amount of water per day than was used a century ago. However, far more serious than our growing population and increasing per capita demand is the greatest threat of all: climate change. As a result of rising global temperatures, rivers, lakes, and aquifers are either drying up or becoming too polluted to use. The situation has become so critical that the UN estimates if we do not halt climate change, by 2050 more than two-thirds of the world’s population will be living in water-stressed regions. Supreme Master Ching Hai frequently expresses concern about our ever-increasing global water shortage and recommends the fastest and most efficient solution to this critical problem is adoption of the organic vegan lifestyle. “Water scarcity is a serious problem, because without enough water we cannot grow food. But 70% of all water used by humans goes to agriculture – especially (animal) livestock agriculture, livestock raising. So, the best place to conserve water is through food, manageable food, sustainable food, not animal food. And the best way to feed more people with less water is also through food, sustainable food practices, sustainable agriculture, organic vegan agriculture. So, we all should go vegan, and the best is organic vegan.”
Планетата Земя: нашият любящ дом
2021-03-22   847 Преглед
Планетата Земя: нашият любящ дом
2021-03-22

The Latest Fashion Trend: Eco and Sustainable, Part 2 of 2

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The Latest Fashion Trend: Eco and Sustainable, Part 2 of 2

Today, we will continue to explore more of these meaningful and creative ideas and their applications. Besides the sensible considerations of presenting clothes worn by models with different body sizes, social and environmental consciousness have also made their ways into fitting rooms. Online fitting rooms, also known as virtual fitting APPs, are coming into play. In addition, the same technology can be used to create solely digitalized clothes with our videos or photos. We are able to “wear” clothes without necessarily buying them physically and growing our wardrobe collection unnecessarily.With the awakening of public humanitarian concerns and environmental awareness, more consumers care for not only the product itself but also the stories behind the fashion brands. Fair Trade implemented a platform to help these workers, who are providing the quickest fashion products, to get more reasonable compensations for their labor. Fashion companies that follow Fair Trade stipulations are providing better working conditions and fair treatments to employees, especially in disadvantaged countries. Recently “the-good-trade” sustainable community also published 35 Fair Trade fashion brands, which helps consumers in selecting guilt-free fashions to their hearts desire.We, the fashion consumers, have the right to know where our money is going because we don’t want to invest in businesses that harm our earth. Thus, transparency in the fashion product supply chain is important. A Shanghai based company, Icicle, aims to provide honest and environmentally responsible products by strictly controlling and tracing businesses’ production processes. These include sustainable materials, supplier selection, working conditions, production facilities, dyeing processes or no dyes at all, and post waste handlings.Besides recycling and reuse, reducing consumption can be tackled too. Some experts have called for a total abandonment of fast fashion, which is contributing to the environmental crisis. Not to mention that fast fashion brands are known to pay workers low wages while demanding the quickest possible finished products. Fast fashion brands, such as Lucy & Yak, made their decision to break away from this business practice in 2020. They closed their factory in India for safety concerns for workers, and also launched a fundraising campaign to help those affected and their families.
Планетата Земя: нашият любящ дом
2021-04-15   1234 Преглед
Планетата Земя: нашият любящ дом
2021-04-15

The Intelligence and Spirituality of Trees and Plants, Part 1 of 2

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The Intelligence and Spirituality of Trees and Plants, Part 1 of 2

While walking in a garden or forest can you feel the positive energy in your surroundings? If you can feel their pleasant vibes the plants or trees may be sending you “mystical signals!” Professor Michael Pollan, an expert in plant neurobiology, explains, “They have analogous structures. They have ways of taking all the sensory data they gather in their everyday lives, integrate it and then behave in an appropriate way in response. And they do this without brains, which in a way, is what's incredible about it, because we automatically assume you need a brain to process information.” Our dear, compassionate Supreme Master Ching Hai has a loving message to share with us about the divine nature of plants and trees. “Now, trees, they do have their magical power, their healing power, loving power, and they do help you with advice and all that even. But you, the deaf, don’t hear anything, see nothing. Every grass, like a big, maybe a group of grass, every tree, has a spirit of some kind that dwells in it, takes care of the tree, or that is their dwelling place. They are assigned to stay there and that’s their home. And they do bless the surroundings; that’s their job.” Professor Claire Grierson, a plant biology expert, shares a similar view. She says, “I think plants are massively taken for granted. I think they are extremely sophisticated organisms. They are adapting exquisitely well to the changes around them all the time. I think we can learn a lot from plants philosophically.” Let’s conclude part one of this series with a fascinating revelation about plants from Supreme Master Ching Hai. “Of course, the Tree of Life symbolizes life, and the deity wants to remind us that we do not destroy life, because if we destroy other life, then we destroy our own life also. If we destroy trees, which give us oxygen and shade, and hold the soil together so that it will not be washed away, and so many things that the tree can do, and if we keep cutting them, just to raise the animal-people, then we kill the animal-people as well, then our lives will be at stake also.”
Планетата Земя: нашият любящ дом
2021-12-13   1212 Преглед
Планетата Земя: нашият любящ дом
2021-12-13

Climate Solution: A Revealing Documentary by United in Heart, Part 4 of 4

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Climate Solution: A Revealing Documentary by United in Heart, Part 4 of 4

On today’s program we present an interview with Mr. Arvin Paranjpe, who explains the three greatest environmental threats facing humanity today. “In 1992, there were three environmental threats to humanity that were identified, and they are: biodiversity loss, ecosystems collapse, and climate change. Biodiversity and ecosystems sustain us. They produce oxygen. They ensure that there's water flowing through the water cycle so we have fresh water, and they ensure that we have healthy soils.” “Vegan reforestation is reforesting (the) extra land made available by switching to veganism. The standard American diet requires 10 to 13 times more land than the vegan diet, and our animals consume about 50% of the grain on Earth. So, if we switch to a vegan diet, we will free up 35% of the usable land area on Earth. And if we reforest a substantial portion of this land, we will remove a significant amount of carbon dioxide from the atmosphere.” “I think that we are living in very scary times. And I would just say to people, ‘Continue to have faith, have faith in yourself, have faith in humanity, and have faith in your spiritual teacher.’ In Hinduism, we have this concept of ‘Sraddha,’ which means both ‘faith’ and ‘resolve.’ And I think that we have nothing to worry about if we have the faith and we have the resolve to carry out the teachings of the great gurus of humanity. And in fact, I believe that we're going to undergo what I call the ‘twin renaissances,’ which is the regeneration of the natural world and the renaissance of the human spirit.” Citing the many climate-related disasters our Earth is experiencing, our Beloved Supreme Master Ching Hai frequently reminds us about the imminent dangers of climate change and shares the simplest and most effective solution -- the organic vegan diet. “In short, simply saying ‘No’ to meat will make us richer, healthier, and most importantly, it will make us a wiser person, and a great hero. Because it is the only timely way that we ensure the survival of our children and grandchildren.” “The foremost being vegan diet, the vegan diet, to safeguard our precious planet. It is time to walk the talk, because there is not much time left now.”
Планетата Земя: нашият любящ дом
2021-05-31   1410 Преглед
Планетата Земя: нашият любящ дом
2021-05-31

Climate Solution: A Revealing Documentary by United in Heart, Part 1 of 4

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Climate Solution: A Revealing Documentary by United in Heart, Part 1 of 4

United in Heart is a non-profit organization co-founded in 2018 by Mr. Arvin Paranjpe and his wife, Mrs. Nandhini Paranjpe. The group’s mission is to use scientific studies conducted by renowned climate scientists to quickly enhance global awareness about the urgency of climate change, and to share the quickest, most efficient ways to address the issue. “Now to a dire warning about climate change. According to a new report, experts say that we have until 2030 to avoid catastrophe. It also says if unprecedented changes are not made and made soon, there will be irreversible damage to the planet.” “So, let me just give you a little background on the problem. What is permafrost? Permafrost is ground that's been frozen for a long time. The name implies, suggests, permanently frozen. If only it were. 24% of the northern hemisphere land area is permafrost. We think that in that permafrost there is about 1,500 gigatons of carbon, and for context that's about twice what's in the atmosphere now.” “Most people are unaware that global warming may ignite the ice carbon bomb. Fifteen hundred gigatons of carbon is frozen in Arctic land masses. There's even more in the ocean. This is why plus 1.5 degrees Celsius keeps climate scientists up at night. And the more carbon dioxide emissions, the warmer it will get.” “An IPCC report indicates that 35% of the usable land area of the planet is used to just graze animals. On average we feed our animals 40 pounds (18 kg) of food for one pound (0.45 kg) of meat. And the animals consume almost 50% of the grain on Earth. So, if the world goes vegan, food is plentiful and land is plentiful.” Thank you, United in Heart, for sharing such important information at the most critical time in our planet’s existence. We hope more world leaders and citizens will heed this urgent call to heal our already burdened atmosphere and eradicate the climate crisis by choosing the only certain and viable solution, the vegan lifestyle.
Планетата Земя: нашият любящ дом
2021-05-10   1620 Преглед
Планетата Земя: нашият любящ дом
2021-05-10

Dr. Peter Carter (vegan): There IS a Solution to Climate Change, Part 1 of 2

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Dr. Peter Carter (vegan): There IS a Solution to Climate Change, Part 1 of 2

Peter Carter, MD, has been involved in climate change research for several decades. In 1993 he founded the Canadian Association of Physicians for the Environment and in 2009 the Climate Emergency Institute. Dr. Carter is an expert reviewer for the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), and the co-author of “Unprecedented Crime: Climate Science Denial and Game Changers for Survival.” A highly renowned speaker, he has given presentations at scientific and climate change conferences around the world. On today’s program we present excerpts from an interview with Dr. Peter Carter conducted in November 2020 by Roger Hallam, co-founder of UK-based global environmental movement Extinction Rebellion. “Recent research just published a couple of weeks ago (shows) atmospheric carbon dioxide is now the highest in 23 million years. That's insane. That's absolute climate crazy. We are increasing the level of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere faster than (at any time) in the past 40 million years.”“The NOAA (US National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration) publishes an Arctic ‘report card’ every year. In 2016 they said, with a long chapter with great illustrations, that the Arctic permafrost, warming, thawing, and emitting, had switched the Arctic from a carbon sink to a carbon source. So, this is Earth catastrophe news. This is Earth catastrophe, actual, not modeling, actual scientific findings today.”To halt potentially devastating effects, Dr. Carter recommends that greenhouse gas emissions be reduced to zero as quickly as possible. “This is not only the only right target, it's the only target which gives us a chance, a fighting chance, the only target which gives our children hope. It's a must that the whole world aims for this target, and in a united and pretty aggressive way.” Scientific evidence shows that raising livestock causes more global warming than all forms of transportation combined. Supreme Master Ching Hai frequently reminds us that the fastest, most effective solution to climate change is widespread adoption of the organic vegan lifestyle.
Планетата Земя: нашият любящ дом
2021-10-26   1064 Преглед
Планетата Земя: нашият любящ дом
2021-10-26

Dr. Peter Carter (vegan): There IS a Solution to Climate Change, Part 2 of 2

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Dr. Peter Carter (vegan): There IS a Solution to Climate Change, Part 2 of 2

In today’s program Dr. Carter speaks about a dangerous feedback loop produced by climate change: the ever-increasing number of wildfires occurring around the world. “I was absolutely shocked to my core. Because just earlier this month, we had more fires in the Amazon than I've ever seen, like, way, way, way more. And this is early in the Amazon fire season. These fires produce massive amounts of carbon dioxide, but also a lot of methane. And also, of course, black carbon soot going up in the air.”Dr. Carter warns that Earth’s situation has reached an absolutely critical level, and that we must take immediate steps to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. “If we continue to emit, there's no question, no question about what's going to happen. The Earth is going to become an intolerable place to live in, with intolerable heat waves. But those heat waves won't just be intolerable; they will trash our crops.”“We're looking at billions of people not able to survive because of starvation, water deprivation. And then of course, you pile on the diseases. For many, many, many years, the infectious disease experts, we’ve just had an experience of it with COVID-19, have warned us that all of the infectious and communicable diseases are going to be increased by putting up the global temperature. And lots of floods. It's a suicidal recipe.”Scientific evidence shows that the number one cause of global warming is raising livestock, which creates more greenhouse gases than all forms of transportation and the burning of fossil fuels combined. Thus, despite his grave concerns about climate change, Dr. Carter believes there is a simple, highly effective solution to the current crisis. “The most effective, definitely effective, immediately effective, readily doable action that everybody in the world can do is go vegan. In theory, we can all do that. If we do that, emissions drop immediately. And we know, and the research confirms that in all aspects, organic agriculture, mixed with hedgerows, woodlots, is the best form of agriculture.”
Планетата Земя: нашият любящ дом
2021-11-01   570 Преглед
Планетата Земя: нашият любящ дом
2021-11-01

The Amazon Rainforest: The Lungs of Our Planet in Dire Straits!

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The Amazon Rainforest: The Lungs of Our Planet in Dire Straits!

The Amazon Rainforest, known throughout the world as the Lungs of our Planet, is in trouble. According to a study conducted by Brazil's National Institute for Space Research (INPE), the rainforest in Brazil released about 20% more carbon dioxide (CO2) into the atmosphere than it absorbed over the period from 2010-2019. How did this happen? “Like other tropical forests, the Amazon is threatened by climate change and deforestation. An area the size of Taiwan is lost every year, mainly due to the expansion of pastures for beef production.” The researchers also believe that climate change has interfered with the rainfall in Brazil. Now scientists and organizations are findings ways to restore the Amazon Forest. “The Amazon is very near the tipping point of savannization. We have to find a way to get deforestation and forest degradation to zero very soon, in a few years, and also to restore huge areas. This is our great challenge; we have to save the Amazon.” The root cause of the Amazon forest’s destruction is meat consumption. Supreme Master Ching Hai explained the impact of livestock raising on the Amazon and how to recover it in a media interview with Irish Journalist Dr. Ben Murnane. “Eighty percent of the Amazon’s deforested lands are converted to grazing pastures for cattle-people. Of the remaining deforested land, the majority is used for growing soy. Eighty-five percent of the world’s soy is fed to the cattle-people that will be slaughtered for human consumption. So, the Amazon’s destruction is clearly linked to meat production. The melting in Antarctica can also be directly related to livestock raising, again because the heat-trapping potential of methane being so much higher than CO2. In addition, 60% of the black carbon that was found accelerating the Antarctic melt was coming from the burning of rainforest for livestock raising. Everything points in the same direction; that is, meat diet. If we stop consuming animal-people products, much of this lethal source is eliminated and the heat it creates will also disappear. In fact, along with stopping meat consumption we all need to pray for forgiveness. This, too, is part of the Earth’s recovery, the awareness of the suffering caused by humanity and the true desire to reverse this action and to do good instead.”
Планетата Земя: нашият любящ дом
2021-11-19   593 Преглед
Планетата Земя: нашият любящ дом
2021-11-19

Industrial Mining: Damaging Effects on the Planet and Our Health Part 2 of 3

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Industrial Mining: Damaging Effects on the Planet and Our Health Part 2 of 3

Did you know that gold mining is one of the world’s most ecologically destructive industries? Gold mining has ravaged landscapes, contaminated water supplies, and contributed to the destruction of vital ecosystems. Often, gold mining processes leave in their wake extensive soil erosion and contamination of streams or other bodies of water with mercury, a toxic liquid metal. In 2018, the World Health Organization (WHO) and the United Nations met to push forward action to halt the damaging effects of artisanal and small-scale gold mining on human health and the environment. Regarding this issue, WHO senior scientist Dr. Magaran Bagayoko says, “Small scale gold mining is a crucial source of income for millions of Africans, but it is often dangerous, damaging, and in the worst cases, deadly, for artisanal miners. Exposure to elemental mercury can cause life-long disability, kidney failure, and speech, sight, and cognitive impairment. Pregnant women and children are at particular risk.” Simon Topp, a doctoral student in geological sciences at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, who co-led the study, says, “In heavily mined watersheds, there's been a 670% increase in the extent of ponds across the landscape since 1985. These ponds are almost entirely artificial lakes created as thousands of former mining pits fill in with rainwater and groundwater over time.” At present, greenhouse gas emissions across the entire gold industry – from exploration and extraction to downstream uses such as jewelry-making – contribute 36,793 tons of carbon dioxide per ton of gold extracted and used. The World Gold Council (WGC) and its members recognize that climate change poses substantial risks to the global economy and socio-economic development. The WGC aims to meet 2030 decarbonization goals laid out by the Paris Agreement. We’re delighted to share the news that earlier this year Ghana’s Minister of Lands and Natural Resources, the Honorable Samuel Abu Jinapor, announced the decision to suspend all prospecting licenses granted for mining, thus urging the government to cancel all prospecting mining licenses.
Планетата Земя: нашият любящ дом
2021-08-16   1086 Преглед
Планетата Земя: нашият любящ дом
2021-08-16

Climate Change and the Increasing Frequency of World Disasters Part 1 of 3

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Climate Change and the Increasing Frequency of World Disasters Part 1 of 3

On August 9, 2021, the United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) released its Sixth Assessment Report (AR6). Drawing on more than 14,000 scientific studies, the IPCC report provides a detailed picture of how climate change is altering our world. “The world is dangerously close to runaway warming, and greenhouse gas levels are high enough to guarantee climate disruption for decades. Here are some of the report's main takeaways: Humans are to blame: full stop.” Weather extremes once considered rare or unprecedented are becoming more common. Severe heat waves that happened only once every 50 years are now happening roughly once a decade. Tropical cyclones are getting stronger. And most land areas are seeing more rain or snowfall in a year. Severe droughts are happening 1.7 times as often. And fire seasons are getting longer and more intense.As Earth’s temperatures rise the number of floods also increase. In mid-July 2021, a devastating flood occurred in western Germany, where more than 182 mm (7.2 in) of rain fell in just 72 hours. Belgium, Luxembourg, and the Netherlands also suffered extensive flooding, and thousands of residents in the Netherlands were urged to evacuate their homes. In mid-July, a massive storm in Henan province in central China produced a years’ worth of rain in just 72 hours. It was estimated that 13 million people were affected. Also in July 2021, in India’s western state of Maharashtra, at least 180 people died when torrential rains flooded low-lying areas and caused numerous landslides. And these are only some of the many floods and resulting landslides that occurred around the world between June and early August 2021. Our most gracious Supreme Master Ching Hai has spoken many times about the extreme dangers of climate change. Quoting scientific evidence, She explains that raising livestock is the primary cause of global warming, and that the only way to halt its occurrence is through worldwide adoption of the vegan lifestyle. She also warns that we are in imminent danger, and must change our ways quickly.
Планетата Земя: нашият любящ дом
2021-08-20   1641 Преглед
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2021-08-20

Industrial Mining: Damaging Effects on the Planet and Our Health Part 1 of 3

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Industrial Mining: Damaging Effects on the Planet and Our Health Part 1 of 3

Mining activities involve the extraction of valuable minerals and other geological materials from the earth, and the mining industry is regarded as one of the major economic contributors to various countries. But unfortunately, mining is an inherently invasive process that can cause damage to landscapes much larger than the mining sites themselves. Unregulated mining has the potential to release harmful substances into the soil, air, and water. Environmental issues can include soil erosion and contamination, loss of biodiversity, and surface water pollution due to the use of chemicals in the mining process. Coal mining also has a huge impact on local water resources, both on the surface and underground. Surface water can be contaminated through the discharge of mine drainage, while groundwater gets contaminated by filtration into aquifers. Coal mine drainage contains highly acidic water contaminated with the ions of toxic heavy metals such as arsenic, lead, cadmium, cobalt, copper, and zinc. In bodies of water, these chemicals can be hazardous for both humans and aquatic wildlife. In March 2020, a study was done in Australia to confirm the link between coal mining and poor air quality in nearby towns. Associate professor Gunther Paul, of James Cook University in Australia, reported that the scientists who performed the study looked at community-based air monitoring stations in Queensland and New South Wales, along with ten years of data from the national pollutant inventory. The information was used to analyze microscopic levels of dust in nearby areas caused by coal mining. The results revealed that as coal mining activities increased, levels of harmful dust particles, metals, and nitrogen oxides also increased. Coal mines are among the greatest sources of anthropogenic methane emissions or coal mine methane (CMM). The production of coal releases methane that is trapped in coal seams and surrounding strata, and once a mine is closed it continues to release methane known as abandoned mine methane (AMM) for an extended period of time thereafter. An article published by Reuters in 2020, states, “Methane leaks from planned coal mines around the world could have a bigger climate impact than carbon emissions from U.S. coal plants.”
Планетата Земя: нашият любящ дом
2021-08-09   810 Преглед
Планетата Земя: нашият любящ дом
2021-08-09

Innovative Ideas for Living More Sustainably, Part 1 of 3

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Innovative Ideas for Living More Sustainably, Part 1 of 3

On today’s program, we’ll look at one important way to protect our Earth: reducing trash production. Mr. Rob Greenfield, a US adventurer, environmental activist, and humanitarian, decided to clearly illustrate the impact of our “throw-away” society. To do so, Rob lived the life of a typical US resident for 30 days. But instead of discarding the garbage he created, he wore it. “I have been living just like the average American for the last month in New York City. Eating, shopping, consuming just like so many of us are used to. With one big exception, I've been wearing every single piece of trash that I create everywhere I go.” Wow! If one person can generate this much trash in a month, think of the impact of billions of people! So, what are some of the best ways to reduce waste? By searching the internet for “zero waste” or “minimal living” or “sustainable living,” we can find many, many tips on how to reduce waste, protect the planet, and also save precious time and money. While many of us may not be able to completely “ban the can” like Shad did, we can certainly reduce the amount of trash we generate. So, what’s the first step to take? Most experts say the first step is to take a “trash audit.” That is, carefully look through our garbage, and observe what we are throwing out. Then ask ourselves, “What are my biggest waste items? How can I reduce these over the next month?” The next step is to make a habit of choosing reusable items over disposable ones. By carrying cloth grocery bags, re-usable utensils, chopsticks, straws, and even a cloth napkin in our bag or car, we avoid such “single-use” waste. To significantly reduce our environmental footprint, we could even join a sustainable community, where resources are shared. And, as we can see from one such village in Los Angeles, USA, called Eco-Village Sustainable Community, we don’t even need to leave the city to do it.
Планетата Земя: нашият любящ дом
2021-06-21   1031 Преглед
Планетата Земя: нашият любящ дом
2021-06-21

Climate Solution: A Revealing Documentary by United in Heart, Part 3 of 4

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Climate Solution: A Revealing Documentary by United in Heart, Part 3 of 4

On today’s program, we present the final segment of the film, starting with Mr. Aviram Rozin, Executive Director of the non-profit organization Sadhana Forest, describing how desertification can be reversed through the careful conservation of rainwater. “What we need to do is keep much more water on the land, so that nature can do the work for us and supply us the water. We don't need to depend on commuting water from very far away. We need to depend on local water going into local aquifers and then being pumped locally and supporting the farmers and other people that live on the land.” “We move forward with reforestation. Because reforestation is life. If you deforest to zero, then you are destroying the country. You cannot count the value of a tree. You cannot imagine how much danger can happen in a savannah when you have cut down a tree; whereas, when you plant one tree, you can already see the benefits.” “The American Dietetic Association is the largest U.S. organization of professional dieticians and nutritionists, and represents over one hundred thousand credentialed practitioners. In 2009 the Association released an official position paper about vegetarian and vegan diets. It stated that appropriately planned vegetarian diets, including total vegetarian or vegan diets, are healthful and nutritionally adequate. It further explains that well-planned vegetarian diets are appropriate for individuals during all stages of the life cycle, including pregnancy, lactation, infancy, childhood and adolescence, and for athletes.” “Our kids are also why we created this documentary. Or in other words, we must work together to solve climate change.” “This is why we ask you to set brave goals on food, carbon and communication.” “Our collective goal is to educate and empower people, so that governments rapidly engage in vegan reforestation. Our app facilitates this process through a video platform on the climate emergency, the great transition, how to go vegan, and vegan health considerations.”
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2021-05-24   1217 Преглед
Планетата Земя: нашият любящ дом
2021-05-24

Do Good House & Urban Farming: Interview with Dr. Chun-Hsien Ho, Part 1 of 2

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Do Good House & Urban Farming: Interview with Dr. Chun-Hsien Ho, Part 1 of 2

Dr. Chun-Hsien Ho of Taiwan, also known as Formosa, was once a mathematics teacher and business owner. Having obtained a Ph.D. degree in marine engineering from National Taiwan University, Dr. Ho used his problem-solving skills to build an amazing environmentally friendly and zero-energy building, named the Do Good House. His unique and efficient architectural creation earned him the Taiwan Green Building Design Award in 2011. “The construction method and techniques originated from an American architect, Nadar Khalili. I spent a lot of time adapting it to Taiwan (Formosa)’s climate. For our Do Good House, the earthbags were staggered in an arch shape. The arch is naturally quake-resistant. It requires no air conditioning, yet it is comfortably warm in the winter and cool in the summer.” “For air conditioning, I designed windows that can be pushed out. All face the southwest. So, in this house, I still adopted the design of low and high openings. Even if we come here three months later, the air will still remain fresh inside the house.” “So, for the outer coating, I chose some special breathable coating materials. I used retro Chiri floor tiles without glaze, which can absorb the water in the air when it’s humid. When the weather is good, the moisture can be let out by opening the window.” “When I started building the Do Good House, I set a goal of not relying on an urban living style, where we use a lot of electricity to maintain the temperature and our comfort. For the house itself, a lot of recycled materials were used. The soil used to build the main structure were also recycled materials. Since those bricks could serve the same function as the gravel, I got them from the owner for free. Then, I placed them under the foundation, thus giving it excellent drainability. Because there is no need for air conditioning or light during the day. So, the electricity bill is NT$42 (US$1.46) per month.”
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2021-12-10   887 Преглед
Планетата Земя: нашият любящ дом
2021-12-10

Climate Solution: A Revealing Documentary by United in Heart, Part 2 of 4

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Climate Solution: A Revealing Documentary by United in Heart, Part 2 of 4

On today’s program we continue with the second segment of “United in Heart: Hunger & Climate Solutions.” “If we want to solve climate change, we need to understand tree planting is only half the story. So, let me share with you a couple video clips taken from scientific presentations. These clips explain how diet and rainwater conservation activate Earth's regenerative life forces.” Forests play a critical role in halting climate change. Living trees, their ground cover and even the soil in a forest draw massive amounts of CO2 out of Earth’s atmosphere. The term “carbon stock” means the amount of CO2 that has been sequestered from the atmosphere and is now being stored within the living biomass of the forest ecosystem. “So, you can see how the dense land carbon stock corresponds to the forest. This is the Amazon, this is the Congo, the two major tropical forests still left. But they are being eaten right now as we speak, by our farmed animals.” “To Sailesh's point, a 2019 publication in Science indicates that if we add one trillion trees to the earth, we'll cut the atmospheric carbon pool by 25 percent. But deforestation is outpacing reforestation. Sadly, we're clearing one acre per second of Amazon rainforest to make room for our animal agriculture.” “This is how much land is being used to raise livestock: 45% of the entire land mass on Earth. It's simply terribly inefficient. You can produce 15 times more protein from plants as you can from meat on any given area of land.” “Let's face it. We are ignoring our children’s basic needs. The World Health Organization reported that six million children starved to death in 2009 alone. I know it’s uncomfortable, but we need to ask ourselves how we can help. I believe the braver our food and communication goals, the more of a difference we can make. Not only for the impoverished black, brown and tan children of the global south in the east, but for all children, by helping us prevent the worst effects of climate change.”
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2021-05-17   1062 Преглед
Планетата Земя: нашият любящ дом
2021-05-17

The Intelligence and Spirituality of Plants and Trees, Part 2 of 2

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The Intelligence and Spirituality of Plants and Trees, Part 2 of 2

Did you know that trees are connected by a complex hidden underground network? The trees’ root systems, called mycorrhizal networks, act as neural networks that transmit messages. The fine, hair-like root tips of trees connect together with microscopic fungal filaments to form the basic links of the network. Our Beloved Supreme Master Ching Hai has this message to share with us about trees. “Some trees are at a very high spiritual level. You have no idea. The Fifth Level. Some trees are very big and very spiritual. That's why many people meditate under trees. They feel good there. Some parks have smaller trees. Even though they're not at a high level, if they're at the Third Level, they already make us feel good. They stand there to protect the world, to stabilize our world, and to provide oxygen. They absorb CO2. It's a way to absorb (bad) karma and give blessings.” In one of Professor Simrad’s interview sessions she states, “Our worldview is wrong. We view the world as this bunch of parts, and we think we can dissect it all and put it back together the way we want and expect it to work. But it doesn’t work. Many Aboriginal people view the trees as their people, just as they view the wolves and the bears and the salmon as their relations. We’ve got to get back to that.” Let’s now conclude our show with this important message from Supreme Master Ching Hai. “The trees are helping us. Now we must protect them. They have been protecting us all these hundreds, thousands of years, so we and our children, father, mother, relatives, friends, can live and breathe and survive. And now they are in danger, because of humans’ pollution, and not caring for the planet. So, we must help them now. We are vegan, it’s a very big help. We also tell others to be vegan, to protect all living beings on this planet, so that we can continue to live. Also, we return their kindness, in gratitude. Also, we thank you for our children, and grandchildren, great-grandchildren, because we have to protect the planet, the trees, the ocean, the river, not just for us, not for our children, great-grandchildren, but, because we learn now to be more compassionate, more loving and kind to all beings.”
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2021-12-20   567 Преглед
Планетата Земя: нашият любящ дом
2021-12-20

Innovative Ideas for Living More Sustainably, Part 3 of 3

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Innovative Ideas for Living More Sustainably, Part 3 of 3

On today’s episode, we look at another important change we can make: living more simply. Our beloved Supreme Master Ching Hai provides an excellent role model of simple living. She has lived in tiny houses, storage sheds, mobile homes, and even caves, always with minimal possessions. Master explains why She lives this way. “The fewer things I have, the happier I feel. I feel freer. Less crumple, less burden, and fewer things to worry about. Just the necessities, bare necessities only. Then I feel like I’m in control of my world.” Livia Firth, founder and creative director of the consulting agency “Eco-Age,” suggests we follow the “30 wears rule.” Before buying any item, ask yourself, “Will I wear it at least 30 times?” Another consideration when buying clothing is the material. For more sustainable clothing, look for items made from natural, plant-based fibers such as linen, cotton, or hemp. To further reduce our impact on Earth’s resources, we can purchase second-hand clothing instead of always buying new items. Another significant way to save both money and resources is to repair garments instead of discarding them.Our beloved Supreme Master Ching Hai often reminds us about the environmental impact of our actions. To live more sustainably, Master urges everyone to quickly adopt the vegan lifestyle. She also frequently shares other tips on sustainable living. “Only the vegan lifestyle is truly sustainable. Now, once we become vegan and urge others to join, we could practice sustainability in other ways. We could plant organic vegetables and trees. Better still are those fruit trees and nut trees and those vegetables or legumes like beans that need little water.” “Another good way to quicken our movement to a sustainable planet is to generate more positive energy: do good deeds and be loving and kind. Expand our loving quality. This is what will create a shield, invincible, to protect us and the planet. Finally, we can pray that divine power manifests on Earth to awaken leaders, the media, the influential people, and all the world citizens to take the right steps to preserve our planet, and fast – fast before it’s too late.”
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2021-07-05   863 Преглед
Планетата Земя: нашият любящ дом
2021-07-05

Ocean Warming: A Call to End the Climate Crisis, Part 2 of 3

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Ocean Warming: A Call to End the Climate Crisis, Part 2 of 3

In today’s program, we’ll discover how ocean warming is also adversely affecting marine life. One serious threat is the occurrence of marine heatwaves. “When marine heatwaves occur, they affect the biology (of the ocean) in a range of ways. Species change the location in the way where they live, and so for example, in Western Australia, many unusual species were pushed further south by the warm water; the warm water also killed habitats, and the bottom panel on the left illustrates a before-and-after picture associated with the marine heatwave event. And similarly on the right-hand side, examples of what happens to marine habitats. In cooler water, when hit by marine heatwaves, you see a loss of algae and loss of the animals that depend on in those environments.” Marine scientists further warn that if climate change continues on its current trajectory, the world’s oceans could lose many more sea organisms by the end of the century. Rising ocean temperatures also affect the metabolism, life cycle, and behavior of many marine species. For some species, temperature serves as a cue for reproduction. For others, the water temperature in spawning areas significantly affects the success of mating and egg survival. A study by the Alfred Wegener Institute, Helmholtz Centre for Polar and Marine Research, published in the July 2020 issue of the journal Science states that warming ocean waters could have a devastating effect on fish populations around the globe. The study predicted that climate change if left unchecked, could negatively affect up to 60% of all fish species. Supreme Master Ching Hai also frequently reminds us about the dangers of warming oceans, and that the fastest way to stop climate change is through global adoption of the organic vegan diet. “Scientists have expressed concern, for example, that if the ocean waters continue to warm, certain fish whose gender is determined by temperature might end up extinct because only one gender will be produced. Problems like this show the interconnectedness of life and the environment. To think that a small temperature change can actually change a female fish to becoming a male. This situation can change, yes. It can be reversed, but we have to act quickly, for these and all the other imperiled lives in the ocean and on land. So please join, sir, and spread the vital messages. We all must Be veg, Go green, if we are to save the planet.”
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2021-03-01   875 Преглед
Планетата Земя: нашият любящ дом
2021-03-01
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