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Tibetan monks join global day of action on climate change

September 22, 2009 - September 21, 2009

Dharamsala - The Tibetan monks of Nechung Monastery, home of the Tibetan
government's state oracle Nechung Dorjechang, marked the global action day
for climate change with their unique campaign by joining the global
initiative to give a wake-up call to the world leaders on climate change
ahead of the G-20 Summit.

Senior monks of the monastery performed a special Avalokiteshvara puja to
awaken compassion in all sentient beings towards other beings and Mother
Nature. Monks blew trumpets and horns in a symbolic call for global action
on climate change. The junior monks carried placards that read "Cut CO2 to
350 ppm, SAVE TIBET", "Wake-up Everyone: SAVE EARTH", "Wake-up World
Leaders: Climate Actions Now" etc.

Tibet, also referred as 'The Third Pole' and 'The Water Tower of Asia' is
currently facing a huge challenge to cope with the climate change and its
impacts, said Ngawang, a senior monk.

According to the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), glaciers
in the Himalayas are receding fast, which will result in massive flooding
followed by severe drought.

Tsering Yanki of the Tesi Environment Awareness Movement says glaciers and
snow begin to accumulate at a much lesser rate and melt at higher rate.
"Without these glaciers the flow of rivers would become seasonal, leaving
the livelihoods of tens of millions of people affected by the extreme
weather conditions".

Experts say that the Tibetan Plateau plays a huge role in influencing the
Asian monsoon; the monsoon is declining in intensity and has become more
variable. The Tibetan Plateau acts as the barometer of Asia's climate.
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