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Celebrating the World Environment Day and TEAM's 3rd Anniversary

June 12, 2008

Tesi Environmental Awareness Movement
June 7, 2008

TEAM is a non-profit environmental organization with a mission to
revive the ecological consciousness of the Tibetan people.

Dharamsala, 7 June 2008 -- Tesi Environmental Awareness Movement
(TEAM) organised a four-day workshop from 4-7 June to promote
environmental awareness among the Tibetan school children.
Thirty-three 8th grade students from Tibetan Children's Village (TCV)
Schools in Upper Dharamsala, Lower Dharamsala and Gopalpur attended
the workshop held at the College for Higher Tibetan Studies in Sarah,
Himachal Pradesh.

On the second day, 5 June, the participants celebrated two events:
TEAM's 3rd Founding Anniversary and the World Environment Day with
prayers. The ceremony comprised of lighting of 108 butter lamps for
Mother Nature and serving ceremonial rice and Tibetan tea. On the
occasion TEAM honoured Mrs. Tenzin Pelmo, an English teacher at the
TCV's Teachers' Training School, with 2008 Tesi Environmental Service
Award (TESA) for her tireless efforts to promote environmental
awareness among our people especially among teachers. The Award is a
certificate and a cash prize of Rs. 5000, given each year to a
Tibetan who has made notable contributions towards promoting
environmental awareness in our community. During the ceremony, TEAM
also awarded cash prize to four students from the Suja TCV School who
composed the best essays on Global Warming (Fire theme) for TEAM's
2008 Lungta Essay Competition. After the morning ceremony, the
workshop continued with activities such as ‘Council of All
Beings’ and ‘Web-of-life.’

The students took the workshop, which began each day at 7 am with
yoga and meditation and the ended around 9 pm, very seriously. The
sessions included Earth, earthlings, us and our ecological-self;
Interdependent nature of all life forms and the importance of
biodiversity conservation; Introduction to the current global
environmental problems; Review our lives, reflect on our gifts, and
clarify our intentions for taking part in rebuilding a sustainable
community; Looking at Tibet: Current Environmental Reality;
Environmental careers; Solo-walk in nature; Story-telling and songs,
and screening of the movie Keke -Xili: Mountain Patrol.

The workshop resource persons were all TEAM members: Mr. Tashi
Tsering, a PhD student at the University of British Columbia; Mr.
Tsering Dorjee, a staff of the Wildlife Trust of India, and the TEAM
staff include Mr. Ugyen Tsephel, Ven. Youngdung Nyima, Mrs. Tashi
Lhamo, and Mrs. Tsering Yangkey.

In their final evaluation, 100% of the student participants said they
would strongly recommend this workshop to others and 55 % said the
workshop duration was too short. And to our delight, all the students
(100%) noted that they learned a lot from the four-day environmental workshop.

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(TEAM) organised a four-day workshop from 4-7 June to promote
environmental awareness among the Tibetan school children.
Thirty-three 8th grade students from Tibetan Children's Village (TCV)
Schools in Upper Dharamsala, Lower Dharamsala and Gopalpur attended
the workshop held at the College for Higher Tibetan Studies in Sarah,
Himachal Pradesh.

On the second day, 5 June, the participants celebrated two events:
TEAM's 3rd Founding Anniversary and the World Environment Day with
prayers. The ceremony comprised of lighting of 108 butter lamps for
Mother Nature and serving ceremonial rice and Tibetan tea. On the
occasion TEAM honoured Mrs. Tenzin Pelmo, an English teacher at the
TCV's Teachers' Training School, with 2008 Tesi Environmental Service
Award (TESA) for her tireless efforts to promote environmental
awareness among our people especially among teachers.

The Award is a certificate and a cash prize of Rs. 5000, given each
year to a Tibetan who has made notable contributions towards
promoting environmental awareness in our community. During the
ceremony, TEAM also awarded cash prize to four students from the Suja
TCV School who composed the best essays on Global Warming (Fire
theme) for TEAM's 2008 Lungta Essay Competition. After the morning
ceremony, the workshop continued with activities such as 'Council of
All Beings' and 'Web-of-life.'

The students took the workshop, which began each day at 7 am with
yoga and meditation and the ended around 9 pm, very seriously.

The sessions included:
* Earth, earthlings, us and our ecological-self;
* Interdependent nature of all life forms and the importance of
biodiversity conservation;
* Introduction to the current global environmental problems;
* Review our lives, reflect on our gifts, and clarify our intentions
for taking part in rebuilding a sustainable community;
* Looking at Tibet: Current Environmental Reality; Environmental careers;
* Solo-walk in nature;
* Story-telling and songs, and screening of the movie "Keke-Xili:
Mountain Patrol.

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Mrs. Tenzin Pelmo honoured with 2008 Tesi Environmental Service Award

"Every one of us living on the lap of Mother Nature should not only
enjoy the warmth of her lap but must work towards healing the wounds
and the pains we keep inflicting on her despite the warmth and the
nourishment she gives us. Let's pay her the gratitude she deserves by
making a resolution on this day, 5 June 2008: World Environment Day.
Let us all make this resolution together, 'I won't waste the food
that I buy no matter how bad it tastes and how full I am.'" -- Mrs.
Tenzin Pelmo's Message for youth

On June 5, Tesi Environmental Awareness Movement honoured Mrs. Tenzin
Pelmo with 2008 Tesi Environmental Service Award.  Mrs. Tenzin Pelmo
was born on 2nd October 1965 in Shimla, India. She did her schooling
till Class X in the Tibetan Children's Village School in Dharamsala
and continued her 10+2 at the Central School for Tibetans in
Dalhousie. After completing 12th grade she did a two-year teacher
training course in Mount Hermon College in Darjeeling. In 1990 she
joined TCV School as a junior teacher and later she was transferred
to the TCV Teachers' Training Centre (TTC) Dharamsala. Tenzin
Pelmo-la has been working as an English instructor at the TTC since
2001.  At the Centre, she was able to bring her long held interest in
the environment into the classrooms.

She has earned an exemplary reputation as a maker of teaching aids
for her students (teacher trainees) from reused and recycled items.
She uses milk cartons, newspapers, discarded computer components, nut
shells, used post cards and almost anything that she could get her
hands on to create the most wonderful teaching tools. Her items like
CD holder made from used tetra-pack cartons are received with much
curiosity and appreciation by everybody. She gives talks on
inculcating reading habit and has distributed thousands of bookmarks
made from waste materials. She has also held numerous exhibitions to
educate people about the many useful things that she has created with
discarded items.

Her interest in the environment and concern for local environmental
problems is evident from her work, which is completely voluntary in
nature. A key focus of her work has been the problem of littering and
garbage disposal in Dharamsala. She is particularly worried about the
examples we are setting for the younger generation.

In her own words, "We Tibetans think that cleanliness is needed only
inside our own homes. But we must not forget that we are living on
this earth and thus this whole Earth is our home and we are
responsible for keeping her safe and clean." (Source: Chitsok Melong
newspaper in 2007)

In recognition of her tireless efforts in raising environmental
awareness within the Tibetan community, Tesi Environmental Awareness
Movement is honoured to grant Mrs. Tenzin Pelmo with 2008 Tesi
Environmental Service Award. We are confident that she will continue
to inspire and educate many more Tibetans to be responsible and
caring towards Mother Nature.
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