by Irma a. Guhit
Sorsogon City, March 9 (PIA) — Supreme Master Ching Hai, a Vietnamese philanthrophist and a global advocate for climate change mitigation and adaptation, visited the province of Sorsogon yesterday primarily to hand over relief goods to the victims of Mt. Bulusan’s ash explosion.
The relief operation was held in the municipalities of Irosin and Juban considered as areas greatly affected by the volcano’s unrest.
The organization that Master Ching Hai represents advocates “Be Green Go Green Save the Planet” pursuing alternative lifestyle by promoting a change in belief, changing one’s heart, changing one’s food intake, and becoming healthy and loving.
Master Ching Hai, a practicing vegetarian, is making rounds all over the world in his advocacy of a green environment and shares his advocacy specially to those people who are now affected by the change in temperature.
His belief to share and provide assistance to those who are victims of natural calamities is a shared commitment of their group who now are calling to have a sustainable environment by being vegetarians.
The group shared 247 sacks of rice, soap, and other household stuff.
Residents of the nine barangays in the municipality of Juban comprising of Rangas, Catanusan,Sipaya,Taboc, Catanagan, Guruyan, Embarcadero, Binanhuahan, and Biriran were given the relief goods.
Seven barangays in the municipality of Irosin were also recepients comprising of Gulang-Gulang , Macawayan, Monbon, Tinampo Gumupia, and Tungdol.
Members of the group of Master Ching Hai who were with him were Lin Hsu -O, Carol Chan, Younghan, and Rosean Villones.
“We are here to share our belief in the sustainable development of our world by advocating a green enviroment, being a vegetarian and the care for our environment by also lessening meat for our intake,” Ching Hai said.
The greenhouse gas emission urged his group to globally campaign to go vegetarian, plant trees, strengthen sustainable energy, and of course pray.
Master Ching Hai said that to save our planet, the research conducted by Dr. Gordon Eshel and Dr. Pamela Martin, both geophysicits from the University of Chicago non – consumption of meat by a person in just one year will lessen 1.5 tons of carbon emmission which is one of the causes of global warming.
Persons should also refrain from buying a lot of things that only accumulates at home and sometimes are not used and this will soon be part of household wastes that will be dumped and most are non-biodegradables if made of plastics..
While Master Ching Hai’s visi there was to share relief goods to the victims of the natural calamity caused by Mt. Bulusan, he said that sharing his gained- knowlege and belief is one of his passion to save the planet and let everyone do his share too.(PIA Sorsogon/mal)