By Formosa News Team (Originally in Chinese)
On September 19, 2015, our Association members from Keelung Center participated in a vegetarian gala organized by the Keelung Vegetarian Society. By using a creative arrangement of fresh fruits and vegetables together with pictures, our Association members conveyed the message that fruits and vegetables are very important for people’s health; also, the vegan diet can solve the climate change crisis our Earth is facing right now, and bring the world to peace. The beautiful Longevity Lamps designed by Supreme Master Ching Hai were also displayed. Vegan recipe books and deluxe editions of Master’s Aphorisms book were shared with the public free of charge. The recipients were very impressed, and happy to receive the books.
Our Association members prepared vegan Moon Festival cuisine, such as vegan mooncakes, muffins, marinade side dishes, agar jelly etc. People were very glad to try these delicious and healthy vegan dishes.
At the gala, children brought great energy to the event, playing learning games about how adopting the vegan diet can mitigate climate change. We sincerely wish that Formosa will become a real Paradise Island.
Our Keelung Center Association members have been helping with beach cleanups organized by the Keelung Environmental Protection Bureau over the years. On September 19, we attended the Wai-Mu-Shan beach cleanups. Mayor Mr. Lin Yu- chang of Keelung City made a speech, calling on the public to improve Formosa’s environment by using fewer plastic bags and less Styrofoam, and by using toothpicks made of mung bean powder rather than bamboo. He also suggested that the government should encourage businesses to make more eco-friendly products. The director of Keelung Environmental Protection Bureau said that beach cleanups have not only given people the opportunity to be close to nature, but have also raised people’s consciousness to care about the ocean and the beaches. Mayor Lin gave plaques to ten participating NGOs including The Supreme Master Ching Hai International Association.
After the presentation, our Association members picked up rubbish and plastic bottles. Although we perspired a lot, we were very happy to see that we removed over 230 kilograms of rubbish, and the beach was returned to its original cleanliness and beauty.