“Let’s Make the Change - Protect the Environment” conference was held
on June 4, 2009 as part of the Environment Expo 2009 at the World Trade
Center Veracruz in Veracruz, Mexico.
The seminar was broadcast live by top radio station “Los 40 Principales” at 101.7 FM, reaching
nearly 5 million listeners, as well as via Supreme Master Television. Mr. Alonso Domínguez Ferráez,
Veracruz State’s General Coordinator of Environment Social Development and Environment Bureau,
was the featured guest speaker at the conference.
Master Ching Hai was formally invited by the government of Veracruz
State to attend as the guest of honor. Unfortunately, due to her busy
schedule, she was unable to participate in person. However, Supreme
Master Ching Hai graciously shared her insights on climate change
through a video message in which she emphasized the urgency of the
situation while offering the most effective solution, the plant-based
We now invite you to join us for the rebroadcast of the live seminar with Supreme Master Ching Hai
entitled “Let’s Make the Change - Protect the Environment,” held on June 4, 2009 in Veracruz, Mexico. An Urgent Message from Supreme Master Ching Hai
Welcome，respected dignitaries，media members，notable speakers，and all noble conference participants，hallo.
a very concerned citizen of the world，I humbly greet you，thank you and
respectfully salute all of you here today who have come with open
hearts and minds for the welfare of this beautiful and beloved planet
that we call home.
I am deeply grateful for the conference
that is being held here today in Veracruz，Mexico，to address the urgency
of global warming due to climate change which，sadly，has killed hundreds
of thousands and affects hundreds of millions of humans，not included
other species. It is my hope that it will raise higher awareness and
inspire action toward the most serious international issue of our time.
The information communicated and the noble work being done here today is of paramount importance.
is an honor to share the planet with dedicated people such as
yourselves，who strive for the betterment of others. We all know that
climate change is a grave issue; we all know what it is，and that the
current critical condition of our planet calls for immediate and wise
action from every one of us.
Please do take note of all info
from this conference today and spread them far and wide to save our
world from perishing. I take the opportunity to inform you the general
urgent scenario，though perhaps some of you or many of you have already
see，Our current course of climate change is worse than the worst case
scenario projected by the United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on
Climate Change (IPCC)，with the damaging and often fatal effects already
being seen through such extreme events as hurricanes，flooding，droughts
and heat waves.
Even if the world reduces greenhouse gas
emissions，the planet will take time to recover from the gases already
in the atmosphere.
This is why it is necessary to focus on
short-lived gases，namely methane. Methane traps at least ７２ times more
heat than CO２，averaged over a ２０ year period. Methane's biggest source
is the livestock industry，which is indeed one of the top causes of
global warming that must be stopped.
But first，please allow me
to share just some of the latest evidence of the impacts of climate
change on humans’ and animals’ lives.A) ARCTIC MELT
we have first，Arctic melt. The Arctic，or North Pole，may be ice-free by
２０１２，７０ years ahead of IPCC estimations. Without the protective ice to
reflect sunlight，９０ percent of the sun's heat can enter the open
water，thus accelerating global warming.
The change in Arctic
ice cover is dramatic，with climatologists saying that only １０ percent
now is older and thick ice，while over ９０ percent is newly formed and
Another Arctic change is the thawing of permafrost，a
normally frozen layer of earth containing methane stores. The thawing
of this layer in recent years has caused methane to be released，with
atmospheric levels that have risen sharply since ２００４. Further global
warming beyond a ２ degree Celsius rise could cause billions of tons
more of methane to be released into the atmosphere，leading to mass
extinctions of life
on this planet.
As the massive ice
sheets of Greenland and the Antarctic continue to melt as
well，catastrophic sea level rise and stronger storms are expected to
If the entire West Antarctic sheet melts，global
average sea levels would rise at least by ３.３，３.５ meters，affecting over
３.２ billion people - that is half of the world population - who live
within ２００ miles of coastline. And US scientists from the National Snow
and Ice Data Center now say that if all of Antarctica were to melt，the
sea level could rise to a much higher level than expected，some say even
up to ７０ meters，which means more deadly to all lives on Earth. B) LANDS SINKING & CLIMATE REFUGEES
problem: We have lands sinking and climate refugees. Right now，at least
１８ islands have completely submerged around the world，with more than ４０
other island nations at risk from rising sea levels. A report from the
International Organization for Migration stated that there may be ２００
million，or even up to １ billion people will be climate refugees by
２０５０，or within our lifetime.
These are people who must leave
their island or coastal homes due to rising sea levels or permafrost
melts that cause entire communities or nations to sink and collapse. C) GLACIER RETREAT & WATER SHORTAGE
problem we have: Glacier retreat and water shortage. Most of the
planet’s glaciers will be gone within a few decades，jeopardizing the
survival of more than ２ billion people.
One billion of these
people will suffer the effects of the Himalayan glacier retreats，which
have been occurring at a pace more rapid than anywhere in the
world，with two-thirds of the region's more than １８，０００ glaciers
receding. The initial effects of glacier melt are destructive floods
As the glacial ice retreat continues，reduced rainfall，devastating droughts and water shortages are the result. D) OCEANIC DEAD ZONES
Oceanic dead zones. Climate change is creating areas of sea known as
dead zones，which now number more than ４００. These arise due to
fertilizer runoff largely from livestock，contributing to the lack of
oxygen which is necessary to support life. E) RECORD HEAT
have also record heat. The past decade has twice，at least，seen the
hottest average annual temperatures ever recorded in our planet’s
history. In ２００３，a record heat wave hit Europe，
claiming tens of thousands of lives. Heat waves also preceded the worst wildfires ever in Australia’s history.F) STORMS INCREASING
Storms increasing. The intensity and duration of hurricanes and
tropical storms have been noted to increase by １００％ over the past ３０
years，which scientists at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology
(MIT) in the USA say is likely due to climate-related increases in
ocean temperature.G) WILDLIFE DISAPPEARING
we have wildlife disappearance. Leading ecologists say that the decline
of wildlife due to species extinction is so rapid that there is no
Scientists also now predicted that the Earth’s
１６，０００ endangered species may become extinct １００ times faster than
previously thought. H) DROUGHT & DESERTIFICATION
have drought，desertification. In Nepal and Australia，wildfires this
year have been severely intensified by drought conditions.
Africa，people in Somalia，Ethiopia and Sudan，to name just a few，have
been crippled by drought. According to the United
Nations，desertification，which often results from felling too many trees
and damages that occurs from such activities as cattle grazing，is
affecting the well-being of more than １.２ billion people in more than
１００ countries at risk.
Precious fresh water supplies are also
drying up，such as aquifers under the major cities of
Beijing，Delhi，Bangkok，and dozens of other regions such as the
Midwestern United States; while the rivers Ganges，Jordan，Nile，and
Yangtze have been reduced to a trickle for much of the year.
China’s worst drought in five decades，vital crops were lost in at least
１２ northern provinces，costing the nation billions of US dollars in
drought relief to farmers with losses. I) HUMAN HEALTH
we have the human health problem. According to Swiss-based
research，climate change is already responsible for some ３１５，０００ deaths
a year，with another ３２５ million people who are severely affected. This
comes in addition to an economic loss of US$１２５ billion every year.
worst affected are developing nations in Africa，with other very
threatened areas being in South Asia and small island nations. SOLUTION
have enough with problem，but we have solutions to this problem. It
might not be that early，but it’s still not too late，we still can rescue
our home，planet home. Okay，Number one solutionis vegan，organic vegan. Veganism will save our world.
I will report to you one by one how vegan would save our world. Luckily，there are easy actions we can take.
will list them for your reference. Now，many of these areas where we are
seeing such devastating effects of climate change，such as Arctic
melt，lands sinking，water shortage from glacier melt，and even storms
increasing are all directly related to the Earth’s temperature
So，we must cool the planet，first and foremost. And
the best way to stop global warming is to stop producing the greenhouse
gases that create the heat.
Logical，no？ Yes.We already know
about the efforts to reduce emissions such as from industry and
transportation. But changes in these sectors are taking too much time –
more than we can afford at this rate，at this hour. One of the most
effective and fastest ways to reduce the heat
in the atmosphere is to eliminate methane production.
not only traps up to ７２ times more heat than carbon，it also goes away
from the atmosphere much faster than CO２. So if we stop producing
methane，the atmosphere will cool more quickly than if we stop producing
See what I mean？Organic vegan will produce
beneficial cooling effect as it will cut down methane and other
greenhouse gases which are fatal to our survival. １) Eliminating Methane
can start by cutting down on the biggest methane producer in the
world，that is，animal raising. So，to cool the planet most quickly，we
have to stop consuming meat in order to stop the livestock raising
industry，and thus stop greenhouse gases，methane and other toxic gases
from the animal industry.
If everyone in the world would adopt
this simple but most powerful practice of an animal-free diet，then we
could reverse the effect of global warming in no time. We would then
have time to actually be able to adopt longer-term measures such as
more green technology，to also remove the carbon dioxide from the
In fact，if we neglect to stop meat
production，either all these green efforts will be cancelled out in
effect，or we may lose the planet before we are even having a chance to
install any green technology such as the wind power or solar power，or
more hybrid cars，for that reason.
Please also keep in mind
that although livestock has been reported to generate １８% of global
greenhouse gas emissions — which is more than the world's
transportation sectors combined—this is actually an underestimate
because recently revised calculations have placed it at generating
possibly more than ５０% of total global emissions.
Livestock has been recalculated as to generate possibly more than ５０%
of total global emissions – more than ５０% is from livestock industry.
So that was the number one solution. ２) Eliminating
Gases Now，number two: eliminating other gases. Besides methane，other
lethal toxic gases are emitted by the livestock industry as well.
is the largest source at ６５% of global nitrous oxide，a greenhouse gas
with approximately ３００ times the warming potential of CO２; it emits
also ６４% of all ammonia，which causes acid rain and hydrogen sulfide，a
fatal gas. So to stop livestock production is to eliminate all these
as well as methane. ３) Halting Dead Zones
three: Halting dead zones. There are other huge benefits gained by
halting livestock production. Oceanic dead zones，for example，are caused
primarily by fertilizer runoff from agriculture that is mainly used for
Dead zones are a serious threat to the ocean’s
ecosystems，but they can be revived if we stop polluting them with our
Stop fishing，too，then marine
life will rebound. Since the heavy fishing that caused the sardines to
disappear from the coast of Namibia，eruptions of harmful gases have
created a dead zone that is destroying the area's ecosystems due to the
absence of that one humble but eco-beneficial，powerful species. Can you
imagine？Just the sardines.
So we have to stop fishing as well
as all animal products，to protect our living ocean and water
bodies，which is crucial to our survival. You know it. ４) Stopping Desertification
number four: we have to stop desertification. We can. Desertification
is another climate change effect that is linked to livestock，again.
example，in Mexico，recent research stated that ４７% of your country has
already taken the toil of desertification，has become desert，due to
damage from the cattle industry.
you see And another ５０-７０% of
the country of Mexico is also suffering from some degree of drought.
Overgrazing by livestock，which occupies nearly a third of our Earth’s
land surface worldwide，is a major cause of desertification and other
damages，and is responsible for more than ５０% of land erosion.
Now，we must stop livestock grazing to protect our soil and protect our life. ５) Stopping Water shortage
Number five: We can stop water shortage.
While droughts are plaguing more populations，we cannot afford to waste water.
production uses massive amounts of water，as you know. It takes up to
１，２００ gallons of fresh and good clean water to produce just one serving
In contrast，a full vegan meal costs only ９８ gallons
of water. That is like ９０ plus percent less. So，if we want to stop
water shortage and to preserve precious water we have to stop animal
products. ６) Banning Deforestation
we can stop deforestation. We have to ban deforestation. And we have to
plant more trees，of course. Wherever there’s erosion or empty land we
have to plant trees. Ok. Now，Deforestation is also largely driven by
meat production. With the United Nations estimating that deforestation
accounts for approximately ２０% of all greenhouse gas emissions，nearly
all deforestation itself is related to meat production.
percent of cleared Amazon forest is designated as a cattle grazing area
to prepare the animals for slaughter，and the remainder is planted as
soy crops used also largely for animal feed.
So to stop animal products is to protect our precious forest，the lungs of our Earth，and the crucial factor for our survival. ７) Alleviating Financial Cost Now，
We have to alleviate financial cost. See，Our leaders are worried about
the cost of mitigating climate change. However，the good news is，if the
world shifted to a reduced，or meatless diet，animal-free diet，then we
could reduce the cost by half or more. That means，that means we would
reduce tens of trillions of US dollars.
If the world shifted to vegan diet we could save more than ８０% of the cost，or approximately US$３２ trillion. ８) Minimized Health Cost Number
we must minimize health costs. The health risks of eating meat are more
and more evident these days. Livestock are routinely given excessive
hormones and antibiotics，which then，when consumed as meat can in turn
endanger human health. There are also toxic byproducts in slaughter
places such as ammonia and hydrogen sulfide.
These poisonous substances have caused deaths among workers due to their extreme toxicity.
As a so-called food，meat is simply one of the most unhealthy，poisonous，unhygienic items that could ever be ingested by humans.
should never eat meat at all if we love and cherish our health and our
life. We will live longer without meat，healthier，wiser without meat.
Meat has been scientifically shown to cause all kinds of cancers，
heart disease，high blood pressure，stroke and obesity. The list goes on
and on and on.All these diseases kill millions of people every year.
millions Millions of people die due to meat related diseases，and making
millions of others seriously sick and disabled as well.
is no end to tragedies caused by the meat diet. Meat eating is a no-no.
We should know this by now through all the scientific and medical
evidence. Please stop eating meat.
Just even for your health’s
sake. You want to live long for your children and your
grandchildren，and live healthily. We did not even mention the filthy
condition，the confined environments where the animals are kept until
their slaughter，which promote the transmission of diseases such as the
swine flu virus. In fact，some meat-transmitted diseases，like the human
form of mad cow disease，are tragically fatal in every case.
Whoever contracts mad cow disease is doomed to die，sadly and sorrowfully. sadly，etc.
Other contaminants such as E. coli，salmonella，etc.，
also causeserious health problems，long-term damages，sometimes even
leading to death. 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.CLOSING
To conclude my report:
audience members，we now can see how imperative it is to stop the
warming of the planet with the greenest of all green policies and
actions，the most compassionate，the most heroic，the most life-saving
action，that is: the vegan diet，organic vegan to be exact. It’s better
for your health as well. It is the long-term insurance against climate
change. We must be the solution and encourage others with all the
convincing and supporting scientific，physical and moral data that is
available to us so they do the same. Adopting a plant-based diet can
halt as much as ８０% of global warming，eradicate world hunger，stop
war，promote peace，and it will free up the Earth’s water as well as many
other precious resources，offering a lifeline for the planet and for
In short，it will very quickly halt many of the
global problems facing us right now. Therefore，it is vital that we
change our lifestyle – it’s very easy to do it – setting a noble
example for others to follow，and do our part to bring to the public’s
attention the urgent climate change issues and its solutions;
foremost being the vegan diet，to safeguard our precious planet. It is
time to walk the talk，because there is not much time left now.
coming here today，it is quite clear that all of you already know that
the issues at hand are very urgent and need to resolve immediately.
you all statespersons，media members，speakers，conference
participants，ladies and gentlemen，for all your time and care in coming
here today. And thank you all noble persons involved in organizing this
I truly appreciate your sincerity and
willingness to join with those who share the same goal，for taking
initiatives to inform the public，and for wanting to implement prompt
actions. Together we can usher in a new golden era where we can all
live the noble qualities of love，compassion and benevolence as was
intended，live up to the principles of nonviolence and
forgiveness，exemplifying the human standard of virtuous
living，righteous living，and live a more sustainable life in peace，joy
and harmony with each other，with all our co-inhabitants -
I am quite sure that this conference will contribute greatly to the worldwide efforts of all nations to save our planet.
most heartfelt gratitude to all who took part in making this a reality.
May Heaven bless you，your loved ones and your countries. And may all
your noble endeavors be graced with glorious success！
to my travel，regrettably it’s not feasible to reply to your questions.
But should you have any，I will be glad to reply to the best of my
knowledge on a later date on Supreme Master Television. Or you can log
on to the internet，www.SupremeMasterTV.com，to get the required answer
to your questions.
God bless us all. God loves us all.
Thank you for you attention. Thank you for everything you do for the planet.