The Issues

The Earth is on Fire: Tibet is Melting

Tibet is one of the front lines of the global climate crisis: it’s warming three times faster than the rest of the earth.

Known as the Earth’s Third Pole, Tibet holds the largest store of fresh water outside the Arctics, providing water for one fifth of the global population. Like the Arctic, Tibet is experiencing profound climate change impacts. China’s hydro-damming and mineral extraction in Tibet, combined with climate change, threaten to destroy Tibet’s unique ecosystems.

In the climate crisis eight billion tonnes of ice in Tibet are being lost every year as Tibet IS IN MELTDOWN. Only drastic action will stop at least two-thirds of Himalayan glaciers being lost.

global climate strike - over 4 million people and counting

On September 20 2019 we saw a record 4 MILLION people take to the streets in towns and cities around the globe, striking for climate justice. Tibetans and Tibet supporters have been part of this inspiring action in solidarity with other concerned citizens and impacted frontline communities. And it’s not over yet! More global strikes are happening this week, including in Dharamsala, home to the Dalai Lama, the Tibetan government in exile, and thousands of Tibetans living in exile.   

The earth is on fire. Tibet is melting; from the Himalayas to the Pacific Islands, we are in this together.
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Hi Holiness the Dalai Lama at his hom ein Dharamsala, Himachal Pradesh, India. © Ian Cumming /
  • “The impact of climate change in Tibet is harsh. As the world focuses on climate action at United Nations’ COP21 meetings, Tibet should be central to any progress made. The Tibetan Plateau needs protecting, not just for Tibetans, but for the environmental health and sustainability of the entire world. As stewards of their own land, Tibetans’ expertise should be part of tackling climate change.”
    His Holiness the Dalai Lama -