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    •   Nov. 30, 2011   
    • COP 17: Rallying for climate justice in South Africa
    • [FLY-IN NEWS from Supreme Master Television, Nov.30, 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.

       

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