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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.
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2021-08-16   1087 Преглед
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2021-08-16

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.
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2021-10-26   1074 Преглед
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2021-10-26

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   1066 Преглед
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2021-05-17

The Latest Fashion Trend: Eco and Sustainable, Part 1 of 2

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The Latest Fashion Trend: Eco and Sustainable, Part 1 of 2

In recent years, eco fashion consumption and supply has been a hot global topic. Earlier, in 2019, there were around 150 fashion brands who had signed the G7 Fashion Pact, which is a fashion coalition aimed to tackle environmental impacts from the fashion industry. In 2020, we have seen many fantastic eco trends in fashion raw materials, dyeing techniques, fashion designs, marketing and digitalization, and of the production life cycle, all this covers most of the fashion supply chain. First let’s see the sustainable trends presented in Fashion Week. The Dakar Fashion Week open air event was held in December 2020 in Senegal's capital with the theme of environmental responsibility. Copenhagen Fashion Week is staging an even more intensified focus on sustainability by implementing stricter rules. Effective January 2023, fashion designs need to meet a series of 17 sustainability standards in order to participate in the event. Some of the requirements include using 50% recycled or organic materials, pledging not to destroy unsold clothes, packaging ecologically, and so on. Virtual fashion week uses online platforms or live streams to publish new fashion designs globally, which are more sustainable, economic, fast, and wide spreading than traditional fashion week.Let’s now go behind the scenes and understand the recent effects of environmentally friendly and innovative ideas surrounding the raw materials used in the fashion world. In 2020, some newly invented plant-based clothing materials were made with kelp, algae from the sea, cactus, soybean, sugarcane, pineapple leaves, and minerals collected from perspiration. Kanye West's Yeezy Foam Runners, released in 2020 as a new style of trendy shoes, are also made from algae foams. Evidently, more fashion products may soon follow this leading technology and style. With a fast surge in the plant-based diet and a rise in sustainable fashion trends globally year by year, the ski industry is also catching up. Club Med now produces more snow wear with synthetic and plant-based fabrics. The plant-based raw materials are derived from soybeans and hemp. Some of the final products include the vegan jackets and vegan boots, which are becoming very popular.
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2021-04-09   1057 Преглед
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2021-04-09

Conservation Agriculture - Growing into a Brighter Future: Interview with Dr. Amir Kassam, Part 2 of 2 (INT)

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Conservation Agriculture - Growing into a Brighter Future: Interview with Dr. Amir Kassam, Part 2 of 2 (INT)

Conservation agriculture is a new method of farming with a wide range of environmental benefits. That, if on a large-area basis, all the farmers convert to conservation agriculture, that means that we have agriculture which is not a net emitter of greenhouse gases, but it becomes a mitigator of global warming. And also, farmers find that instead of polluting the atmosphere with carbon dioxide, it gets locked into the soil, it improves their soil health and soil productivity. And that means that the whole soil function changes. And in the long term, we have to change our education system. And also, the institutions, research and extension systems which are there to help the farmers must begin to align themselves behind this new paradigm.
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2019-09-10   1041 Преглед
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2019-09-10

Warning Signs to Help End Climate Change: Locust Swarms, Part 2 of 3

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Warning Signs to Help End Climate Change: Locust Swarms, Part 2 of 3

On today’s program, we’ll travel to Pakistan and India to learn how the insects have affected these countries. But first, let’s find out more about locusts, and why they’ve been so plentiful during the past year. Many scientists believe that climate change is largely responsible for the current locust plague. The unusually warm, wet weather in the normally arid areas around the Arabian Peninsula have created ideal conditions for the insects to hatch and multiply. (The) reason behind increased breeding of locusts this year [is] the Indian Ocean temperature changes, (and) increased numbers of abnormal rains and cyclones. So, increasingly, the number of insects over the Arabian Desert [is] roughly 8,000-fold. This year’s attack has been the worst in three decades. Scientists predict that the disaster will enhance as we enter monsoon season. This year’s outbreak has been the worst in Pakistan in nearly three decades, causing billions of dollars in damage and raising concern about food shortages. Pakistan’s prime minister, His Excellency Imran Khan, Shining World Leadership Award for Good Governance laureate, declared the invasion a national emergency, and the government has pledged to assist farmers. Since April 2020, swarms of locusts of biblical proportions have been attacking India. The skies over some parts of the country have been blackened by the insects soaring overhead. The vast swarms have devastated crops in India's heartland, and are now threatening food supplies in the world’s second-most populous country. And the locusts continued to move through the nation. On June 29, 2020, a cloud of insects several kilometers long swarmed into New Delhi, India’s capital region, flying through metro stations and playgrounds, invading sugar cane fields and threatening major losses to the agricultural sector. The infestation came at an already difficult time for New Delhi. Dr. Anshu Sharma of the Sustainable Environment and Ecological Development Society (SEEDS), a non-profit disaster management organization, says that India faces a number of challenges in the months ahead: "We need to be alert and anticipate where this is going next. The situation is all the more alarming as it comes at a time when the affected states are already reeling under COVID-19 and the ongoing heatwave."
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2020-10-12   1039 Преглед
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2020-10-12

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.
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2021-06-21   1032 Преглед
Планетата Земя: нашият любящ дом
2021-06-21

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   1016 Преглед
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2020-05-09

Warning Signs to Help End Climate Change: Locust Swarms, Part 1 of 3

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Warning Signs to Help End Climate Change: Locust Swarms, Part 1 of 3

On today’s program we’ll travel to Africa to learn about the recent massive invasion of locusts that the continent has experienced. The plague began in June 2019 and has continued through 2020. Billions of desert locusts, resembling dark storm clouds, have descended on the Horn of Africa, destroying vast areas of cropland and vegetation. Dr. Rick Overson of Arizona State University's Global Locust Initiative further explains, "They are powerful, long-distance flyers, so they can easily go a hundred-plus kilometers in a 24-hour period. They can easily move across countries in a matter of days, which is one of the other major challenges in coordinated efforts that are required between nations and institutions to manage them." The locust plague came as many countries in East Africa were already struggling to manage food insecurity caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. According to the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), about 20 million people are experiencing acute food scarcity in Ethiopia, Kenya, Somalia, South Sudan, Uganda, and Tanzania. As billions of locusts have invaded farmers’ crops, the swarms have multiplied by as much as 400 times, spreading far beyond Kenya’s borders. An article in the scientific journal Nature reported that in Kenya one unusually large swarm occupied an area of 2,400 square kilometers, more than three times the size of New York City. Swarms typically occupy 100 square kilometers. Even at this size, they can contain from four- to eight-billion locusts, which can consume the amount of food 3.5 million people would eat in a day. “The swarms came from Yemen, then down from the Red Sea to the Horn of Africa. The unusual warm temperatures off the coast are partly to blame. The recent heavy rainfall has created the perfect breeding conditions.” The amount of unpredictable weather to come will be crucial in determining how long the crisis lasts and which areas will be affected next. Climate change experts have warned that warming oceans that feed cyclones could continue to create conditions for record-breaking swarms of desert locusts. Such plagues could grow larger and more widespread if climate change continues.
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2020-10-05   1013 Преглед
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2020-10-05

Warning Signs to Help End Climate Change: Locust Swarms, Part 3 of 3

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Warning Signs to Help End Climate Change: Locust Swarms, Part 3 of 3

In late May 2020, a 23-square-kilometer horde of locusts entered Argentina after passing through Paraguay. The insects landed first in the provinces of Santa Fé and Formosa, both of which are essential for agriculture. Millions invaded cities and farms, devouring all the crops in the area in a matter of hours. The locusts were enormous; technicians from the Argentine government measured specimens up to 15 centimeters in length, about the size of a human hand. Climate change experts warn the warming oceans that feed cyclones and heavy rains have led to record-breaking groups of desert locusts, which could grow larger and more widespread if climate change continues. Is there a spiritual meaning to all of this? Locust attacks are mentioned in almost all the world’s ancient texts, from wall paintings on Egyptians pyramids to the Holy Bible and Holy Qur’an. In the Christian tradition swarms of locusts have typically been associated with the end of the world, stemming from a prophecy about an apocalypse. Numerous scientific reports conclude that the animal livestock industry is responsible for massive levels of greenhouse gas emissions leading to climatic change and thus recommend that people shift to a plant-based diet. Supreme Master Ching Hai also explains that worldwide adoption of the vegan lifestyle is the fastest way to halt climate change. “According to the latest report, animals are responsible for 51%, at least, of all the greenhouse gas emissions that heat up the planet. So, if we stop the animal industry, we cut out 51% of the heat. And then, if we use all the tillable land, all the cultivable land, to plant organic vegetables and fruits, then we cut off another 40%, at least, of carbon dioxide that exists. The planet cools off in a few years.” “But we can only stop the disaster once and for all by tackling the root problem; that is, by stopping the killing of humans, and mass murdering of innocent animal lives. Only when we walk in peace and love on this Earth will the Earth and nature respond peacefully to us. If we protect others, we will be protected. And as more of us become vegan, the spiritual consciousness of humankind can be elevated higher. Let’s continue striving to touch people’s hearts and minds, to change to a vegan lifestyle, and to love the precious animals and our respected planet. Then, the changes in our world could happen in more surprising speed than you think!”
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2020-10-19   994 Преглед
Планетата Земя: нашият любящ дом
2020-10-19

Climate Change and the Increasing Frequency of World Disasters, Part 2 of 3

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Climate Change and the Increasing Frequency of World Disasters, Part 2 of 3

United Nations Secretary- General António Guterres says, “The internationally agreed threshold of 1.5 degrees Celsius is perilously close,” adding, “Making peace with nature is the defining task of the 21st century. It must be the top priority for everyone, everywhere.” Under the blistering heat, Greenland’s ice sheets began to melt at an unprecedented rate. Scientists reported that in one day, July 27, 2021, the amount of ice melted could cover the US state of Florida with five cm (2 in) of water. The Greenland ice sheets contain enough water to raise global sea levels by seven meters, a change that would displace millions of people. Marine life was also affected. Christopher Harley, a marine biologist at the University of British Columbia, estimates that more than one billon marine animals along Canada’s Pacific coast perished from the heat. As he walked along the seashore, Mr. Harley was deeply saddened by the sight of countless dead mussels killed by the blistering heat during low tide. Madagascar is facing its worst drought in 40 years, caused by years of failed rains and intensified by a series of sandstorms. According to the World Food Program, one in six children under five in Madagascar is now suffering from acute malnutrition, and more than one million people are “food insecure.” Mami Mizutori, the U.N. secretary general’s special representative for disaster risk reduction, says, “Drought is on the verge of becoming the next pandemic, and there is no vaccine to cure it. Most of the world will be living with water stress in the next few years.”Our most benevolent Supreme Master Ching Hai frequently reminds us about the urgency of halting global warming. She warns that the situation is now extremely critical, and on August 10, 2021 made the following plea to the world. “PLEASE TURN TO THE VEGAN DIET, TO RESCUE YOUR LIVES, YOUR CHILDREN’S LIVES, AND EVERY OTHER BEING’S ON THIS PLANET. Please, truly. Please wake up. Please wake your inner God’s Light nature up. Be merciful, if we want to have mercy. PLEASE, WE ARE ALL IN DANGER. PLEASE WAKE UP. PLEASE PRAY. PLEASE BE VEGAN. That’s all you have to do. BE VEGAN, MAKE PEACE.”
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2021-08-24   984 Преглед
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2021-08-24

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

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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   946 Преглед
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2020-05-17

Eco-conscious Indoor Gardening: 24:45 Organics, Part 1 of 2 (INT)

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Eco-conscious Indoor Gardening: 24:45 Organics, Part 1 of 2 (INT)

Mr. Andy Maslin is the founder and CEO of 24:45 Organics, a company that has developed the Super Grow System, a convenient and inexpensive way to grow vegetables and herbs indoors. Using this technology, individuals, restaurants, schools, and institutions can grow highly nutritious fresh produce right in their own homes or facilities. Super Grow System, a single planting of seeds can yield several harvests. Lettuce, you could harvest four times. You cut it and it grows back. And tomato plants you can pick off from them for six or seven months.
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2019-10-01   927 Преглед
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2019-10-01

Deb Ozarko (vegan): Is Our World Beyond Hope? Part 2 of 2

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Deb Ozarko (vegan): Is Our World Beyond Hope? Part 2 of 2

More recently, Deb had another experience that finally prompted her to write the book, “Beyond Hope,” and thus raise awareness about the critical condition of our planet. “I had a prompt when I was living out in British Columbia (Canada) in 2016. I started having premonitions. That’s what I’m calling them. But I had really vivid dreams, and these vivid dreams were all about the death of the ocean. And I had no control over this. And I could not negate the truth in that deep feeling that just kept surfacing over and over and over again. And that was what prompted the book; that was what prompted me to finally write this deeper truth.” “This is what I write about a lot in ‘Beyond Hope’ is that we as a collective species have chosen to live what I call a “big lie.” We’re not connected to our inner selves. So that has separated us from the natural world and from animals, from each other. And it just has rolled into, spiraled into this consumptive world that has created so many environmental disasters.” During 2020, the COVID-19 pandemic caused untold suffering and chaos around the globe. Is this pandemic trying to send a message to humanity? “So there’re a lot of messages in this, the way I see it. There’s the message that, well, it’s a zoonotic disease; maybe we should stop eating animals. And the other one is, we need to slow down. We need to start looking at ourselves and our habits, because if the earth can heal that quickly just with us stopping, what can we do if we actually changed our ways entirely?” “I chose to follow a path of caring and kindness and compassion. And that has led me on this path of choosing veganism and choosing to live very simply and choosing to live in a way that’s outspoken for what I care about, in a way that’s not confrontational, but in a way that just inspires critical thought. Be Veg, Go Green to Save the Planet.”
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2021-02-16   922 Преглед
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2021-02-16

Fires Around the World and the Key to their Prevention, Part 2 of 3

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Fires Around the World and the Key to their Prevention, Part 2 of 3

On today’s episode we’ll travel to California, USA and Europe. In 2017 and 2018, Californians suffered through the deadliest and most destructive wildfires in recorded history. The smoke they produced caused high levels of pollution and extremely unhealthy air for millions of citizens. Countless wild animals lost their forest homes. The recent California wildfires also had a disastrous side effect: mudslides. Many experts agree that rising global temperatures have the most dangerous impact on forests. And now, the magnificent forests, once a great asset to the EU countries, are seriously threatened, as the tinder-dry woodlands are extremely susceptible to fire. Not only are fires occurring more frequently in Europe, but they are also burning much larger areas than in the past. Many world-renowned climate change experts and scientists report that the primary cause of global warming is the raising of livestock animals, and so the United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) recommends a widespread shift to a plant-based diet.
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2020-03-16   921 Преглед
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2020-03-16

Farmhouse Garden Animal Home: From Slaughter to Sanctuary, Part 1 of 3

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Farmhouse Garden Animal Home: From Slaughter to Sanctuary, Part 1 of 3

On today’s program, we’ll travel to Uxbridge, Ontario, Canada to visit Farmhouse Garden Animal Home, an animal sanctuary co-founded in 2016 by Michael Lanigan and Edith Barabash. For many years, Mr. Lanigan had been a fulltime farmer, earning his income by growing organic vegetables and raising beef cattle for slaughter. Although he did not like having his animals butchered, he did not know what else he could do. However, two events made Mike deeply question the ethics of his livelihood and inspired him to create an animal sanctuary for his cows. The first event was the birth of a calf named Hope. Edith explains. "And she was born in the summer of 2016, very prematurely, and she was very weak. And Mike had to work with her day in and out to make sure she survived, and she got her mother’s milk and everything. And as he was working with her, he was thinking about how hypocritical it is to give this calf so much love and so much care and then, in two years, he would just have to send her to the butcher shop and slaughter her. And he thought that it was a really odd and hypocritical way to make a living for himself personally. The second event that profoundly affected Mike was when his four-year-old son Nathan decided to stop eating beef." After much discussion, Mike and Edith decided to found an animal sanctuary where the cows could live out the remainder of their lives in peace. But how would they manage financially? "So Mike still runs his vegetable garden and that’s how he makes his money. He makes his living off of the farm, at the farmer’s market. And then we fundraise separately in order to help feed the animals. And fundraising for them is always a challenge because it costs a lot to run an animal sanctuary. But we have amazing supporters and a really creative volunteer team, so we have been able to do it so far. Mike was making more money off of the operation before, but he realized that part of transitioning to a farm sanctuary would be taking that hit financially. He was okay with doing that if it meant saving the animals and making sure that he wasn’t having that moral dilemma anymore. I can’t say that it’s more profitable now than it was before, but ethically he knows that he is doing the right thing." Many thanks, Edith and Mike, for your courageous, noble decision! May Heaven bless you abundantly for your compassionate work.
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2020-11-30   901 Преглед
Планетата Земя: нашият любящ дом
2020-11-30

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   897 Преглед
Планетата Земя: нашият любящ дом
2020-07-13

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   892 Преглед
Планетата Земя: нашият любящ дом
2021-12-10

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

The Importance of Ocean Plants to the Climate Crisis

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The Importance of Ocean Plants to the Climate Crisis

Where does the oxygen we breathe come from? Many might say it comes from trees but the fact is that most of the atmosphere’s oxygen is produced by marine plants. According to the United States National Park Services, ocean plants provide about 70 to 80 percent of the oxygen on Earth, making them extremely important in climate change mitigation. Have you ever seen seagrasses? They have roots, stems, and leaves, and are the only flowering plants that grow entirely underwater. Approximately 72 different seagrass species exist on the planet. In 1999, Posidonia fields in Ibiza and Formentera were declared world heritage sites by UNESCO. There is a reason the seagrass has been named after the Greek God of the Seas. One hectare of Posidonia produces a hundred thousand liters of oxygen per day. This is five times more oxygen than a hectare produces in the Amazon rainforest. It also absorbs three times as much CO2 as the rainforest. This makes the Posidonia of essential importance against climate change. Understanding the importance of seagrass, many organizations have been taking action to restore these underwater meadows. Seagrass Ocean Rescue is a joint effort project between Project Seagrass, WWF and Swansea University, and aims to inspire future projects across the UK and the world. Phytoplankton are microscopic algae, an essential part of the marine food chain, living throughout the ocean’s surface waters. These tiny organisms have been producing at least 50% of Earth’s oxygen for hundreds of millions of years. Macroalgae such as kelp have gas-filled bladders that help them float toward the surface where they receive more sunlight for photosynthesis, absorbing CO2 and releasing oxygen. Many studies have shown the potential of seaweed farming to counter climate change as deforestation decimates rainforests and other crucial carbon sinks. Indonesia is the world’s second biggest seaweed exporter after China. Once processed, this valuable resource can be used in everything from food to cosmetics. Restorative aquaculture can help address some of the biggest challenges facing our seas, such as coastal pollution, habitat degradation, and climate impacts.
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2021-10-15   875 Преглед
Планетата Земя: нашият любящ дом
2021-10-15
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