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Tibetans in Dharamsala to Lead 'International Day of Climate Action' on 24 October

October 20, 2009

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Central Tibetan Administration (CTA)
October 17, 2009

Dharamshala -- A group of leading Tibetan
environmental research centers and organisation
will be spearheading a joint campaign in
Dharamsala on 24 October aimed to save Tibet,
which scientists and environmentalists warn is
facing imminent destruction because of the disastrous impact of climate change.

Rising temperatures on the Tibetan plateau over
the years have triggered rapid melting of
glaciers, desertification of grasslands, and
caused floods, droughts, epidemic diseases,
according to scientists, meteorologists and environmentalists.

The 'International Day of Climate Action' will be
jointly organised by the Environmental and
Development Desk of the Department of Information
and International Relations, Clean Upper
Dharamsala project of the Tibetan Welfare Office
and TESI Environmental Awareness Movement.

His Eminence the 17th Gyalwa Karmapa Ogyen
Trinley Dorjee will inaugurate the event at TCV
day school in Mcleod Ganj at 9:30 a.m. There will
be photo exhibition and painting display at upper
TCV school, followed by a panel discussion and
film on climate change at the community hall near
Green Shop, Mcleod Ganj, at 4:30 p.m.

The organisers underscored the need for maximum
participation and support of Tibetans in the
event, so as to send a strong message to the
participants at the Copenhagen climate summit due
to take place from 7 ­ 18 December. The summit
aims to formulate a Copenhagen Protocol to
prevent global warming and climate changes.
Governmental representatives from 170 countries
are expected to be in Copenhagen in the days of
the conference accompanied by other governmental
representatives, NGOs, journalists and others.

Expressing concern over the proposed target of
450 ppm to be set during the Copenhagen summit,
the organisers underlined that the level of
carbon dioxide should be reduced to 350 ppm,
which is the number that leading scientists say
is the safe upper limit for carbon dioxide. It is
the number humanity needs to get back to as soon
as possible to avoid runaway from climate change.

In December last year, His Holiness the Dalai
Lama made an appeal to bring down the level of
green house, which he said has crossed 350 ppm
mark. Similarly, Dr James Hansen of NASA, who was
the first scientists to forecast the effects of
climate change, stressed to cut the green house
gases to a level ranging from 390 - 350 ppm.
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