"This hurt me so deeply that something so beautiful is destroyed unconsciously this way. I simply cannot understand why so much is destroyed by humans. And above all, I’m a vegetarian, so I’m even sadder to learn that they use it for cattle farming, which consumes an incredibly large quantity of water and feed. This is not in harmony and in accordance with Mother Earth." "As the focus of the media moved away from the deforestation of the rainforests, they cut even more trees down, and this is just such a pity. This makes me also feel very sad and we have to do something about it.” “And there, we would like to invite people who feel connected with their hearts and want to achieve our goal, a million peace trees for the healing of Mother Earth and all living beings. So, we expanded the purpose of the foundation to include the preservation and protection of the habitats of primeval forest and indigenous people." "We just brought an old tree into the peace tree network in Austria. We simply put the oldest trees into it, because they have a primal force and we connect them with the mother tree which is located up here on the square. This one connects all trees with each other." “To us, the gesture or willingness to plant a tree means planting life. And this is how we sow the future for the coming generations. All life on all levels, from the smallest bacteria to the largest creatures, will receive the blessing of this tree: through its fruits, its shade, and through the pure air we breathe from it.” Supreme Master Ching Hai: "Joyfully present Matthias and Isabella Walter the Shining World Preservation Award plus a humble US$10,000 contribution as a small token of support to the peace tree movement for peace on the planet, with lots of love and praises in prayers to Heaven. May your loving endeavor with good intention be a resounding success, by God’s Grace. Thanking and embracing you all with affection."