During this international gathering, Supreme Master Ching Hai and Association members spoke fervently about how to be environmentally friendly and how to put ideas into practice to help the Earth. The Supreme Master shared many resource-saving insights such as using just a portion of a tissue according to one's need rather than the whole tissue at once; replacing traditional light bulbs with energy saving ones to reduce energy use and electrical bills; turning off lights when not in use; collecting rain water to cultivate organic vegetables; using solar power, etc.
The Supreme Master further advised that even if we can afford it we should not waste water, electricity or any other resources, because everything is connected. The world we live in is like a huge community; we need to be careful when using what comes from the Earth. It is not just about money. If we waste too much, the karma (retribution) comes, which we will need to pay off in the future. Hence, the Supreme Master conveyed her hope that all Association members would put into practice her many years of teachings by being good and considerate persons on this planet who are also loving, kind and protective of the environment.
Moreover, in many countries such as Germany, France, Russia, Iceland, Canada, China and Formosa (Taiwan), the vegan lifestyle and animal protection is becoming mainstream. The Supreme Master expressed hope that all nations’ leaders would follow the vegan diet and stop killing so they could earn more merits and live longer, and so their countries would have peace and prosper.