Tibetans in Dharamsala to Lead ‘International Day of Climate Action’ on 24 OctoberJoin the campaign to cut CO2 to 350 ppm and to save Tibet, the Third PoleSaturday, 17 October 2009, 12:59 p.m.
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 scientist to forecast the effects of climate change, stressed to cut the green house gases to a level ranging from 390 – 350 ppm.