seminar was recently held in Gwangju, South Korea inviting government
officials and educators to consider implementing a vegan policy in
schools. It was organized by a coalition of civil groups called Hope
Group Meal Alliance for a Green World, who share the goal for creating
healthier low-carbon school meals for children.Politicians on stage (M):
I will adopt
a vegetarian diet one day a week.
VOICE: Invited South Korean
parliament members and others signed a document pledging to be veg
themselves while formally promoting the lifestyle.Jang Hui-Gook – Gwangju City Superintendent
of Education Candidate (M):
I have pledged to work to provide
once-a-week vegetarian school meals, and first-and-foremost to provide
menus in schools that give students a choice.
VOICE: In addition
to lectures given on the relationship between climate change and diet,
presentations were given by Dr. Wei Jong-Bi from Formosa’s (Taiwan)
National Chang Hua University on the successful precedents in Formosa’s
vegan school meal policies; and Dr. Hwang Seong-Soo, a South Korean
vegan neurosurgeon who has helped patients reverse chronic disease by
adopting animal-free diets.Hwang
Seong-Soo, MD – Neurosurgeon, Daegu Medical Center; Vegan (M):
must not eat meat, fish, egg, or milk. These shouldn’t just be reduced,
they must not be eaten at all.Kim
Jae-Gyun – South Korean National Assembly Member (M):
and for reducing global warming, it’s very important to have a
plant-based diet rather than meat eating.
VOICE: Outside the
Chonnam National University venue, college students urged the public to
pledge to try veg while offering free tasty veg hamburgers. Our
Association members were also invited to cook free hot vegan meals on
site.Citizen tasting (M):
It’s really tasty! Child
reading veg pledge card (F):
“I will be veg once a week to save
the Earth suffering from global warming and to save my health.”
Our appreciation honorable South Korean legislators, groups and
citizens who are determined to ensure both health and a sustainable
future for our children. May all responsible schools and governments
adopt the win-win solution of adopting plant-based fare. Group:
Be veg, go green, save the
In a September 2009 videoconference in South Korea,
Supreme Master Ching Hai encouraged educators
and dignitaries toward
the Earth-saving organic vegan diet to save the planet.
Supreme Master Ching Hai : You have
taken the first step by declaring to be organic vegan one day a week.
thank you for that again. And now with this same courageous spirit,
please be veg every day of the week, or just another six days.
is very simple. Because organic vegan is the only way we can save the
planet. There’s nothing else, no other green power can protect us in
this crucial moment of danger.
Please wake up and wake everybody
else up before our house is burned down. Together we will win, together
we will save this planet.