Liberia’s Atlantic coast is eroding quickly - 18 Sep 2010  
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Houses on the shores of Liberia are collapsing at the edge of the sea due to coastal erosion arising from climate-related sea level rise and other factors.

Government records show that in the area of Buchanan, for example, about 250 people  lost their homes in recent years, with the last several years seeing a loss of a full 10 meters from the area’s coastal beaches.

In other populated coastal areas, the Liberian Environment Agency measured at least three meters of land being lost annually, with 50 meters of shore having disappeared since 2005 from one town alone.

Some families, unable to afford new dwellings, are still living in the portion of their home that has not been taken over by the rising tide waters.

Josep Gari, regional environmental team leader for the United Nations Development Program (UNDP), said that the global warming effects have been aggravated by unregulated sand mining and unsustainable harvesting of mangroves, which act as natural barriers from storm surges.

The Liberian government has announced a short-term plan to protect infrastructure but lacks resources for significant projects.

Meanwhile, experts express concern that densely populated communities throughout the shores of West Africa will soon be showing the similar effects of coastal erosion.

Our appreciation, Mr. Gari, United Nations Development Program and Liberia for your voiced concern over these distressing observations.

May we all move quickly toward lifestyles in harmony with nature to cool the planet and halt its demise. During an interview for the September 2009 edition of The House Magazine, Supreme Master Ching Hai addressed global warming effects including coastal erosion, as well as the moral actions needed in response.

Supreme Master Ching Hai: It’s too serious. Too serious. Sea level rise, for example, threatens half of the world's population living within 200 kilometers of a coastline. Seventeen million in Bangladesh have fled their homes already, mainly because of coastal erosion.

In the United Kingdom as well, several coastal flooding disasters have already occurred with more forecast by the nation’s Department of Environment. This is due in part to the fact that over 26 million residents in the UK live in coastal zones, with 40% of Britain’s manufacturing industry also located on or near the coast.

These situations will only worsen, not improve, until we stop the cause. This means to halt the livestock production and meat consumption.

If humans switch to the vegan diet, the Earth will begin cooling immediately and many of these dilemmas can even be reversed. So please, be veg and do good, to save the planet and all the beings on it, including you and me.