As the United Nations Climate Change Conference progresses in Cancún, many new reports on various aspects of climate change are being presented. A prevalent theme is the alarming recognition that even in best-case scenario forecasts, global warming is heading toward a 4-degree Celsius average temperature increase.
With immediate mitigation actions a priority for the preservation of the planet, the World Climate Summit was launched during COP 16 at the Ritz-Carlton.
Supreme Master Television reports on location.
Correspondent (F): We are here where the inaugural World Climate Summit just concluded, coinciding with COP 16. The World Climate Summit 2010 initiated a new global 10-year framework involving 300 influential companies, financiers, and government leaders dedicated to accelerating solutions to climate change.
Distinguished participants included chairman of the UN Foundation and media leader Ted Turner; Chairman of Virgin Group Sir Richard Branson; and CEO of Grupo Televisa Emiliio Azcarrago.
Correspondent F: On Saturday evening, December 4, the summit also launched the first-annual ceremony of the Gigaton Awards, honoring companies that have demonstrated leadership in the areas of climate change and global sustainability.
VOICE: Sir Richard Branson presented awards to the following six Gigaton laureates for their forward-thinking green programs and practices: international sportswear company Nike; UK-based consumer goods firm Reckitt Benckiser Group; wind energy company Suzlon of India; US-based 3M; UK-based telecommunications corporation Vodafone Group, and energy company GDF Suez of France.
Correspondent : Meanwhile at the lively Climate Change Village, the Supreme Master Ching Hai International Association continued to provide enthusiastically-received information on the organic vegan lifestyle solution to climate change, as well as free scrumptious vegan food samples.
Participant from Sweden – Vegetarian (M): I live in Sweden and I came to the climate change conference because I feel it’s important times for us to make a difference in the world.
And one of the reasons why I became a vegetarian is because I believe it’s the first and most important step I can make to make this possible.
Participant from China (F): I support you! You do great!
Participants: Be Veg, Go Green 2 Save the Planet!
Correspondent M: Reporting from Cancún, Mexico for Supreme Master Television.
VOICE: Our gratefulness, United Nations, host Mexico, World Climate Summit and all COP 16 participants working together to safeguard the planet. Let us join these noble efforts through our own eco-friendly steps such as the Earth-saving plant-based diet.
VOICE: During an October 2009 videoconference in Formosa, Supreme Master Ching Hai addressed the critical need for world leaders and individuals to adopt the most efficient measures to reverse climate change; namely the organic vegan lifestyle.
In order to reduce the greenhouse gas emissions, we must stop the source of greenhouse gas emissions. The source of greenhouse gas emissions is 50% from animal raising, animal products, and we have to stop that source as soon as before yesterday.
Now, we can see meat is everywhere, legally killing us and our children, legally killing our planet, killing the environment on massive scalesWe must stop animal production now and at all costs if we want to keep this planet called home.
The government gives subsidies to animal industry anyway. So these subsidies can also be used instead to turn meat and related businesses into wholesome vegan businesses.
Doing this we only gain hugely. Not just immediately, but for the long, long run, and we can keep this planet forever and make it into a paradise by just throwing that meat away and stop the animal industry.
Marc Depoortere, Federal Council for Environment and Sustainable Development (FRDO-CFDD), Belgium (M): I was at a side event where new information was presented about new scientific facts. There are many bad news. It will be much more serious than we thought.
Bert Maerten, Campaign Co-ordinator for Economic Justice, East Asia, OXFAM International (M): To address the impacts of climate change, and to prevent temperature rise to go further, public policy is indeed important, together with those actions of individual citizens like ourselves, of businesses, of civil society. We indeed need to look at solutions to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, including agriculture.
Sir Richard Branson, British entrepreneur and philanthropist (M): I think the biggest damage to the world is cattle. Cattle result in enormous emissions, they also result in rainforests being cut down. And so, if people could, you know, cut down on eating cattle, it would make a dramatic difference to global warming