Australia Tibet Council

Enabling everyone in Australia to be part of change in Tibet

Our biggest postcard for Tibet on World Environment Day

Sunday, 04 June 2017

 

On World Environment Day, we delivered a big postcard to Foreign Minister Julie Bishop. Together we have highlighted the crucial importance of Tibet on this World Environment Day.

Our message is simple. Australia and the world can no longer afford to ignore the environmental and human rights crisis in Tibet.

As the Dalai Lama says, “this blue planet is our only home and Tibet is its roof. The Tibetan plateau needs to be protected, not just for Tibetans, but for the environmental health and sustainability of the entire world."

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 Surrounded by high mountains, the Tibetan Plateau is the largest and the highest in the world and a global biodiversity hotspot. Known as the world’s Third Pole, it has the biggest reserve of fresh water outside the North and the South Poles. As the source of Asia’s major rivers, it provides water and livelihood to millions of people in some of the world’s most populated countries.

But Tibet’s environment is in crisis. The Tibetan plateau is warming at least twice as fast as the global average. The glaciers are melting at an alarming rate. The grasslands are turning into deserts. The rivers are seeing record levels of pollution. Instead of protecting Tibet's fragile environment, China is exploiting its water and natural resources on an unprecedented scale, with devastating consequences for the entire region.

What’s more, China is removing Tibet’s nomads - the traditional custodians of the land, who have preserved the Tibetan environment for millennia - undermining their livelihoods and accelerating the environmental destruction in Tibet. We know that Tibetans are part of the solution, not part of the problem. And that protecting Tibet’s environment begins with protecting Tibetan’s right to their land.

Together we can ensure our government wakes up to the reality of the climate crisis in Tibet and takes the right action. Not just for the Tibetans, but the whole of humanity.

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