Welcome to Tibet Third Pole Resource Hub for information and action materials to help make Tibet a Climate Change issue on the global agenda. From this page you can find action materials to share on social networks and advocacy actions to press governments and global representatives to do more for Tibet.
Tibet’s nomads have lived sustainably the the plateau’s grasslands for millennia, in harmony with this globally significant ecosystem. The forced relocation and settlement of Tibetan nomads is one of the most severe and arguably most misguided aspects of Beijing’s grand plans for Tibet. In only a few years Chinese authorities have reportedly moved over two million Tibetans from their home on the grasslands to newly constructed settlements, profoundly altering Tibet’s social and environmental fabric.
China is the world’s biggest emitter of greenhouse gases. In 2011, a fifth of the world’s total fossil fuel carbon dioxide emissions came from China’s coal, which was also responsible for more than 80 per cent of the country’s eight gigatons of fossil fuel emissions that year.
Tibet is warming TWICE AS FAST as the rest of the world. Glaciers are melting, putting millions of people downstream at risk from floods, water shortages and sea level rises, threatening coastal communities and habitats.
China is building large dams and water diversion projects on the plateau at an unprecedented rate, threatening the water security of 1.4 billion people.
Tibet holds vast stores of sought-after minerals and resources, like the Arctic. China is investing in wide scale mining across the plateau with devastating environmental and social outcomes.
Tibetan grasslands, one of the most important grazing ecosystems on the planet, are under unprecedented threat from climate change. Around the Yellow River, known as Machu in Tibetan, over ONE-THIRD of the grasslands have been transformed into semi-desert conditions.
Threats to Tibetan wildlife and ecosystems are great as global temperatures rise and Chinese-imposed development projects make adaption and survive more difficult.