To adapt to the effects of climate change affecting the Tibetan Plateau – the ‘third pole’ of the world – a group of Tibetans will explain its role in the global climate system and why it should be part of the conversation during the next two Nations Weeks United conference, COP26, in Glasgow, UK.
Advocacy group International Campaign for Tibet says COP26 will be an important opportunity to tell policymakers why the plateau should be part of global talks.
Its interdisciplinary panel on the sidelines of COP26 will discuss the lessons Tibet offers for designing inclusive and sustainable global climate policies, and provide practical recommendations for next steps.
Just before COP26, which is to be held between October 31 and November 12, the globetrotting Tibetan spiritual leader, the Dalai Lama, posts a video message on October 29, urging climatologists, heads of state and chiefs business to the climate emergency. action to save Mother Nature.
The Tibetan Plateau represents nearly two percent of the earth’s land surface, the size of Western Europe, and is as globally significant as other comparable geographic areas, perhaps more since the elevation of the plateau has a global impact on the jet stream, monsoon dynamics, and water cycle of the entire northern hemisphere.
Another advocacy from the Tibetan Center for Human Rights and Democracy claims that Tibet is experiencing rapid climate change that is damaging glaciers, causing flooding and overflowing lakes, melting permafrost, compromising livelihoods and dries up wetlands essential to East Asian migration routes of seasonal migratory birds, threatening their extinction.
“Warmer and wetter, Tibet looks more like China, which is good from China’s perspective,” he said in a statement.
The contribution of Tibetan nature to humanity is exceptionally large. Although Tibet and the Tibetans have little or no role in the rapid increase in methane emissions, precipitation, the ozone hole over Tibet, or increased runoff from Tibetan rivers, China, immediately downstream, is reaping an additional runoff dividend for at least as long as the glaciers may need to disappear, he says.
China plans to further intensify urbanization, which extracts more water and resources from remote areas to meet demand from cities. China has officially pledged to achieve equality of wealth and consumption with the richest nations, which is unsustainable, imposing an unbearable footprint on the entire planet.
China imports huge amounts of clean water, clean air, minerals and electricity from Tibet, but Tibetans are marginalized, silenced, racially stigmatized and not recognized as providers of ecosystem services, adds he does.
In addition, the Tibetan Central Administration (CTA), the government-in-exile headquartered in this hill station in Himachal Pradesh, has expressed concern over the deterioration of the environment in the very fragile Tibetan plateau.
The latest publication from the Bureau of Environment and Development of the Tibet Policy Institute, “Tibetan Perspectives on the Environment of Tibet,” was released here last month by CTA Chairman Penpa Tsering.
He said the book was an indispensable repository of valuable information and facts for the world to understand Tibet’s environmental problems over the past 10 years and its relevance to global climate change.
According to Tsering, having such a comprehensive book written only by Tibetan scholars, some of whom have lived the experiences of Tibet’s changing ecology, offers an important side to the question that is needed and something he noted is rarely found. in books written by non-Tibetan scholars.
The book is of added value and an important source of reference for experts and researchers on the ecology of Tibet, he said.
Tsering reiterated that the book was also a call to Tibetans in exile to understand the importance of preserving Tibet’s environment as well as to act responsibly.
He noted that the book will be a contributing factor for those attending the upcoming UN COP26 climate change conference. Tempa Zamlha, Executive Director of the Environment and Development Office, explains to IANS the background to the book, which is a compilation of reports, articles and articles prepared between 2010 and 2020.
Tibetan spiritual leader and Nobel Prize winner the Dalai Lama said his homeland Tibet is currently vulnerable to climate change.
He stressed that “climate change is not the concern of just one or two nations. It is a problem that affects all of humanity and every living being on this earth and that there is a real need for a greater sense of global responsibility based on a sense of the unity of humanity ” .
According to the latest report from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), mountain and polar glaciers are committed to continuing to melt for decades or centuries.
Glacier mass loss is a dominant contributor to mean sea level rise globally. It can also lead to low probability, high impact outcomes characterized by deep uncertainty and sometimes involving points of no return.
In the context of the Hindu Kush Himalayas, the report states that mountain glaciers like in the Himalayas are included in the assessment, and human influence is responsible for the retreat of glaciers since the 20th century, and this is not is not only in the two poles but also mountain glaciers.
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