The catastrophic calamity caused by global warming and climate change is not in a distant future. The late world's most famous master of physics and astronomy, Hawking, in 2017, in Starmus Festival at Trondheim , Norway gave a warning to mankind again:” The earth will probably perish in 500 years or so.” In fact, Hawking had warned repeatedly that the earth is rapidly consuming energy, which will turn it into a fiery fire ball and lead to the destruction of mankind.
Hawking stated:” We are making the phenomenon of global warming irreversible.”
However, Hawking is not entirely pessimistic. He said: “Although climate change is one of the major crises, it can be prevented if human take immediate actions.”
With regards to all kinds of predictions and warnings from scientists such as Hawking, Venerable Master Hsing Yun said :” We should not be overly frightened nor consider it as an alarmist talk, so much so, to turn a deaf ear on it. Because of the unending plundering of the earth in recent years that trigger continuous natural disaster such as earthquakes, tsunamis, floods, droughts, hurricanes, fires, and landslides, we should be alert that the earth is sick! The earth is sick is just like the body is sick. When a person is sick, one needs medical treatment and rescue, when the earth is sick, it also relies on everyone to rescue.
Since the cause of this problem is so clear and definite, why can’t we take action now to set out to change all of it? Make every effort to avoid the disaster? So, at this crucial time for decision, we propose " VEGE PLAN A ". Not only it is based on religion, belief or health reasons,rather, it is a project of great concern on human existence."A" has three connotations
Every 2.3 seconds, a child dies from hunger. Yet, the resources consume by a meat eater can provide the need of 20 to 50 vegetarians.
The greenhouse gases emitted by animal husbandry account for 18% in the world. Human discharge of methane (23 times that of carbon dioxide warming potential) and ammonia (mainly lead to acid rain) the total amount of 37% and 64% are from animal husbandry . Even more, it accounts for 65% of the total nitrous oxide emissions related to human beings, while the global warming potential of nitrous oxide is 296 times that of carbon dioxide.
Global warming brings great pressure to the survival and perching of biological species, plus deforestation, pollution and overfishing. In the past 40 years, the earth has lost half of the animals. Studies published in “Science” in 2015 indicate that if no actions are taken to curb climate change, 1/6 of the animal species will go extinct.
According to the latest report of the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization, animal husbandry occupies 30% of the land area of the earth, even more, it is the main driving factor of forest destruction. For example, about 70% of the Amazon forest is used for grazing. The herd also causes a large scale of land degradation and the spread of desertification, which lead to the loss of biodiversity in the marine ecosystem, resulting in water pollution, eutrophication and the degradation of coral reefs.
For making profit, it is normal for animal husbandry to abuse animals. The grown male chicks which do not lay eggs are put into the crusher. Cattle, pigs and chickens are trapped in narrow cages with no spaces to turn around. Chickens were injected for weight gain that are too heavy for their feet to support. The goose was force fed so that the liver load exceed the standard to produce high value foie gras. And of course , the slaughtering of these animal is too horrible to look at.
The food you choose determines the fate of the third world children dying of hunger.
It is also directly related to the increase or decrease in the number of abused animals.
Even more, it affects how long the earth could exist.
If we drag on for another ten years, the earth will probably become an uninhabitable planet. AAre you willing to take action now?