A Western Buddhist's Travels

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Himalayan ice is vanishing, and Asia faces drought

Here is something to consider. By 2050 the 5 great rivers that provide water and sustain agriculture in Asia will support 50 million less people per year. At the same time unless the population growth in Asia slows down there will be over 2.4 billion more mouths to feed. The earth is already straining to feed our current population. In ancient times the locusts would be considered the threat to the food supply, today we have replaced them. These rivers are going to suffer the loss of water at their source, the Himalayan glaciers. It is not just Asia that will suffer this catastrophe, but every where in the world that depends on glacier fed rivers. If we do not slow down the temperature rise due to greenhouse gasses, we will not only starve many people to death, we will also see many die from dehydration related causes. The Buddha taught 2600 years ago, that we need to live in harmony with all living beings. Today consumerism is saying be happy now, buy more tomorrow, and soon tomorrow will be a never realized dream for many.

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