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His Eminence Gyalwang Karmapa Joins Local Movement on International Day of Climate Action

October 26, 2009

Central Tibetan Administration (CTA)
October 24, 2009

Dharamshala -- Today, on the 'International Day
of Climate Action', the Tibetans and local people
join hands to promote awareness on climate change
and its impact on the Himalayas. His Eminence
Gyalwang Karmapa will inaugurate the event and
deliver a keynote speech on the importance of
environmental conservation at the TCV Day School
in Mcleod Ganj. The campaign is jointly organised
by Environment and Development Desk (EDD) of the
Department of Information and International
Relations; Clean Upper Dharamshala Project (CUDP)
of the Tibetan Settlement Office and Tesi Environmental Awareness Movement.

The whole day event will include talks, photo
exhibition, signature campaigns, film screening,
and panel discussion. On 23 October, the students
of the Tibetan Children's Village School, during
their callisthenic performance, made an aerial
art formation of 'Cut CO2 to 350 ppm, Save World'.

The International Day of Climate Action is
initiated by the organisation to bring
attention to the most important number in the
world - 350. Scientists say the 350 parts per
million (ppm) is the safe upper limit for carbon
dioxide concentration in the atmosphere, which is
currently at 380 ppm. 350 ppm is the number that
humanity needs to get back to as soon as possible
to avoid runaway climate change.

Mr Tenzin Norbu, the Head of EDD, said: "This is
not only a local initiative, but part of a global
movement. On 24 October, people all around the
world will be coming together to demand action
from the world leaders. Local action is
important, but without any policy change and
action from the governments, the fate of our planet is at stake."

"Everyone of us should take initiatives in
finding solution to the carbon poisoning problem.
Doing something as simple as not burning your
trash and switching to energy efficient light
bulb is a good start. And this is something we
all can do," said Tenzin Mewong of CUDP.

Temperatures are currently rising all over the
globe and this will have consequences everywhere,
especially here in the Himalayas. The Tibetan
Plateau, often referred to as the third pole, is
one of the places where the effects of global
warming are already apparent such as glacial
retreat, degrading permafrost desertification of
grasslands and shrinking lakes.

The organisers are the local Tibetan
environmental groups who are regularly involved
in promoting awareness on environmental issues.

Contacts: Tenzin Norbu: 094185 77509; Tenzin
Mewong: 94187 97537; Tsering Yangkey: 94187 91168;;
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