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Tibet: Under threat from extreme climate change impacts.
Home to the largest store of fresh water outside the Arctic and Antarctic, Tibet is on the frontline of global climate change and under serious threat from China’s failed policies.

Tibet’s glaciers feed the rivers that are the lifeblood of Asia, providing water for more than one billion people in ten nations downstream of Tibet.  Experts agree that 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.

Further still as temperatures rise, the permafrost layer on the Plateau is thawing, releasing trapped methane into the atmosphere; Methane is another powerful greenhouse gas which exacerbates warming, further contributing to a climate change loop. With rising temperatures the threat to indigenous species and ecosystems are great.

China’s response to climate change on the Roof of the World is to

  • Dam and divert Tibet’s rivers
  • Exploitation of Tibet’s rich mineral reserves with devastating environmental and social outcomes
  • Remove Tibetan nomads, the traditional stewards of the Tibetan plateau, from their home on the grasslands on grounds of “enviro protection”
  • Crush any voice that dares speak out against China’s policies

Help spread the message to Save Tibet Third Pole

“China is creating a manufactured landscape, remaking Tibet in its own industrial image, and it won’t work. It may take a long time before this is realized. By then, it will be too late, the damage will be irreversible, the nomads will have been long removed, the land depopulated, the minerals exhausted, the Tibetans remade into factory workers in Chinese cities. Only then will it become obvious that the modern project of making the land of Tibet submit to human will was mistaken, unworkable, even disastrous.”
Gabriel Lafitte - author and expert on environment and development challenges in Tibet

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