to a new study published in Science magazine， the Earth’s seas are fast
on their way to becoming over-saturated with human-caused greenhouse
gases. The study highlighted a spectrum of factors whose impact has
grown especially in the past decade -- rapid warming， changing current
patterns， and spreading dead zones – all of which are causing marine
ecosystems to decline.
Lead author Professor Ove Hoegh-Guldberg，
director of the Global Change Institute at Australia’s University of
Queensland， compared the oceans’ current absorption of excessive
quantities of atmospheric ＣＯ２ to human lungs being filled with cigarette
smoke， which has made the water increasingly toxic and acidic. A
recently premiered documentary from the Netherlands， titled 『Sea the
Truth，』 also examines the oceans’ plight， with experts like Dutch marine
biologist Marianne van Mierlo observing the range of alarming
phenomena.Marianne van Mierlo – Marine Biologist， Nicholas Piersen Foundation， The Netherlands (F):
The acidification of the ocean is because of the extensive carbon dioxide production of the humans.
gets into the oceans， and there， because the oceans get acid from it，
the calcification rates of all organisms that produce calcite skeletons，
that really decreases. They can’t make their shells anymore and it’s
really dangerous for， for example， corals， shellfish， also
VOICE: As the new research
confirmed， marine ecosystems are being driven to a tipping point， with
danger signs already observed in the form of smaller and fewer fish as
well as more frequent diseases in underwater organisms. According to
many ocean scientists， including Ms. van Mierlo and others featured in
『Sea the Truth，』 one important solution apart from reducing ＣＯ２
emissions is halting fish consumption.
These ocean inhabitants contribute to the balance of marine environments and thus are needed for their preservation. Marianne van Mierlo (F):
excrete calcium carbonate lumps， which are buffering the ocean
acidification， which is really important. So also it’s important to stop
Totally， we should stop eating fish now， and it is so
important to keep our oceans healthy， and we’ve already gone way too far
in exploiting them.
VOICE: Our thanks Ms. van Mierlo， Professor
Hoegh-Guldberg and associates for providing the facts and warnings from
the seas. May we join hands in rescuing and restoring the oceans by
adopting a meat- and fish-free diet that saves all lives. Marianne van Mierlo (F):
I’m Marianne van Mierlo. Be veg， go green， and save the planet！ Marianne van Mierlo (F):
Be veg， go green， and save the planet！
Master Ching Hai has frequently spoken of how our lifestyles can affect
the marine ecosystems， as in an interview published in the September
２００９ edition of the British Parliament's The House Magazine.
Supreme Master Ching Hai:
No matter how small， each species has a role to help balance our
ecosystem， scientifically proven. And yet， consumption of both fish and
animal flesh continue and are wreaking havoc on biodiversity around the
globe. In the oceans and fresh waterways， so many species of fish have
already been lost， with complete aquatic environments such as coral
reefs being decimated by such practices as trawling and fishing with
The answer to all of this is quite clear. Stop the meat consumption. Stop it yesterday.
This is the way we need to go， and fast.