PARIS: The world’s biggest climate change conference or the COP21 has begun in Paris on 30th November 2015 with 150 head of states and government, including US President Barack Obama and Chinese President Xi Jinping present at the opening ceremony. Delegates from more than 194 countries will try to sign a strong climate agreement to curb rising temperature at the summit.
A small team of Tibetan delegates including Mr. Zamlha from the CTA and the Third Pole team led by International Tibet Network are present in Paris to urge UN and world leaders to recognise the global significance of the Tibetan Plateau and make Tibet part of the UN climate change discussions.
The Central Tibetan Administration launched the COP21 Climate Action for Tibet on 20th October this year urging world leaders attending the COP21 in Paris to recognise the global significance of the Tibetan Plateau and make Tibetan plateau part of any global climate change discussions. His Holiness also issued a strong video message calling on the world leaders to go beyond politics in protecting the earth. The environment and Development Desk of CTA has produced a Facts and Figures detailing why Tibetan plateau matters to the world, and a 10 Point Call to Action asking what the UN, Chinese government and International community need to do to protect the world’s highest plateau.
As His Holiness also said, “This blue planet is our only home and Tibet is its roof”, the Tibetan Plateau is home to largest concentration of ice after north and south pole and also the head source of Asia’s largest rivers. Chinese and western scientist have warned the changes on the plateau is having a strong effect on the Indian and East Asian monsoon, the recent heat weaves in Europe is also linked to rapid lost of glacier on the Tibetan plateau. The temperature rise on the Tibetan plateau is twice more than the global average.
The Climate Action for Tibet team attending the COP21 is hopeful that the world leaders and government delegates would go beyond politics to sign a strong climate agreement and recognize the global significance of the Tibetan plateau in tackling climate change. They will continue to urge world leaders and seek international support in protecting the world’s most beautiful plateau from rapid desertification.
Mr. Zamlha feels that the Chinese and Tibetan should go beyond politics and sincerely work together in protecting the Tibetan plateau from climate change and environmental destruction.
The Tibetan team paid tribute at the Place de la Repulique for the victims of the 13th November terrorist attack with prayers and traditional Tibetan white scarf, then briefly participated in the 3km long Human Chain Action on 29 November.
– Report filed by Environment and Development Desk of DIIR –