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How to Heal and Restore the Environment
October 22, 2012

Welcome to the weekly CVA blog!  In it you will find famous quotes, news and commentaries. 

  1. Overfishing
  2. Famous Quote: Mahatma Gandhi
  3. James Cameron on Being Vegan
  4. Bible verse: 2 Corinthians 4:8-11
  5. Charbroiling Meat Is Very Polluting
  6. This Week’s Video: Vegan Future

1. Overfishing
 
Super trawlers are creating havoc in the oceans and killing flora and fauna indiscriminately and irresponsibly.  Fortunately, one of these super trawlers, the FV Abel Tasman, is now banned from fishing in Australian waters for up to two years until more scientific assessments of its environmental impact are carried out. The vessel's nets are capable of encircling 13 jumbo jets!!

Please visit Banning a Super Trawler:
http://www.calgaryherald.com/entertainment/Oscar+winning+
director+James+Cameron+enjoys+working/7330819/story.html
 
Fish populations are at an all-time low due to the increasing demand for fish destined to feed humans and livestock. In fact, cattle are the largest ocean predators nowadays. According to scientific studies, if current fishing trends continue, by 2048 all fish would be in collapse. 
 
We have to remember that our choices have consequences and that when we sow devastation we reap devastation. Since eating fish is not necessary in order to live healthy lives, it only makes sense to stop supporting the fishing industry and those industries that benefit from it.

2. This Week’s Famous Quote
 
In a gentle way you can shake the world.
~ Mahatma Gandhi


3. James Cameron on Being Vegan
 
Renowned movie director James Cameron shared in an exclusive interview his reasons for adopting a vegan diet. He said, “... all of human consciousness is five years old emotionally. It’s not a requirement to eat animals, we just choose to do it, so it becomes a moral choice and one that is having a huge impact on the planet, using up resources and destroying the biosphere.”

To learn more please visit Rare interview with director James Cameron: Titanic temper, Kate Winslet, and veganism:
http://www.calgaryherald.com/entertainment/Oscar+winning+
director+James+Cameron+enjoys+working/7330819/story.html
 
James Cameron is right on! It is a moral imperative to transition to a plant-based diet and I also believe it is spiritually crucial as well. Eating God’s animals deadens our compassion and empathy, and skews our sense of justice and what we consider a peaceful world. Indeed, we will not experience peace unless we live in harmony with all our fellow beings, humans or not.


4. This Week’s Bible Verse
 
(RSV) 2 Corinthians 4:8-11
 
We are afflicted in every way, but not crushed; perplexed, but not driven to despair; persecuted, but not forsaken; struck down, but not destroyed; always carrying in the body the death of Jesus, so that the life of Jesus may also be manifested in our bodies. For while we live we are always being given up to death for Jesus' sake, so that the life of Jesus may be manifested in our mortal flesh.
 
We are surrounded by suffering, but we also have hope in the living legacy of Jesus Christ. His teachings of compassion, mercy, love and justice dwell in each and every one of us, which helps us during times of adversity and persecution when we expose victimization and when we speak the Gospel of love and kindness to the world.


5. Charbroiling Meat Is Very Polluting
 
A new study led by scientists from the University of California in Riverside has shown that burgers may be more harmful to air quality than 18-wheelers. According to the principal development engineer for the study, Bill Welch, “Emissions from commercial char-broilers are a very significant uncontrolled source of particulate matter…more than twice the contribution by all of the heavy-duty diesel trucks.”

Please visit  Toxic Burgers - Charbroiling Meat Creates More Pollution than Semi Trucks:
http://www.redorbit.com/news/science/1112699527/hamburgers-grilling-pollution-092412/
 
This is just one more reason to give up hamburgers, unless they are veggie burgers. Planet Earth is our only home and we have the privilege and responsibility to take care of it so we, and the generations to come along with the rest of God’s creatures, may live healthy, peaceful and joyful lives.


6. This Week’s Video: Vegan Future?
 
Watch this short CNN video where they feature proponents of plant-based diets in order to heal ourselves and the planet.

Please visit Vegan Future?  
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sQDNTGYiSPg


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