[FLY-IN NEWS from Supreme Master
2011] On the evening of Sunday, November 27, delegates
gathered for the UN Climate Change Conference (COP 17) were reminded of the
real human costs of global warming. Also held on the summit’s eve was a climate
justice rally that hoped to bring home the message of our moral responsibility
to preserve the Earth.
Coinciding with the start of the COP 17 summit in
Durban, South Africa, the multi-faith rally, “We Have Faith – Act Now for
Climate Justice,” was held at Kings Park stadium.
The rally was attended by leaders and members of
faiths that included Anglican, Jewish, Buddhist, traditional African, and
others, including COP 17 president Ms. Maite Nkoana-Mashabane.
Maite Nkoana-Mashabane said: "We are hoping that parties will come together and be
guided in the spirit of saving multilateralism in saving the planet. So we are
all here to work together to provide global leadership so as we make sure that
we come up with an outcome that’s balanced, that’s realistic."
The petition titled “We Have Faith,” signed by some
200,000 concerned citizens, calling on world leaders to commit to a fair,
ambitious, and legally binding agreement to replace the expiring Kyoto
Protocol, as well as funding to help Africa adapt to climate change, was then
delivered to COP 17 leaders.
The Supreme Master Ching Hai International Association
also participated with materials to promote the organic vegan solution to
climate change, which many agreed is a crucial way to honor the Earth. The
methane gas from cattle and other domestic animals are a primary cause of the
greenhouse effect. It is so costly to produce beef, mutton. Much cheaper to
produce crops. So people really should consider giving up the eating of meat.