Karma Samdrup was Imprisoned for 15 Years

Tibetan environmentalist Karma Samdrup was unjustly imprisoned for 15 years.——A court in China has jailed prominent Tibetan environmentalist Karma Samdrup for 15 years on charges of robbing tombs and dealing in looted relics.Samdrup’s lawyer said police had used false evidence. His wife said he had been beaten in custody. Samdrup’s wife says police tried to force him to sign a confession by pouring cold water over him during winter and denying him food and sleep.He funded many Tibetan plateau conservation projects and also founded the Three Rivers Environmental Protection Group.He is innocent. They did not provide any evidence. It is a miscarriage of justice.There will be more arrests of environmental defenders that people outside of Tibet will not know of.We will continue to fight for environmental defenders and protect their right to justice. And the Chinese government should be accountable for their climate injustices in Tibet.JUSTICE FOR KARMA SAMDRUP

World Rivers Day 2021

World Rivers Day is celebrated on every last Sunday of September. This year’s World River’s Day is observed on 26th September, 2021. To commemorate the day, Tibetan Women’s Association organized an online awareness campaign. The campaign headed by our Environment Desk officer highlights the importance of rivers in general, focusing especially on rivers in Tibet.

Tibetans in Tibet are not the only ones bearing the brunt of the river pollution. Around 1.3 billion Asian people are dependent on the rivers originating from Tibet and so the consequences of river pollution in Tibet have to be faced by the downstream countries. However, the unending series of hydropower projects, damming and mining activities by Chinese authorities continue to divert and pollute those precious rivers in Tibet resulting in harm and destruction to Tibet’s fragile ecosystem and its downstream Asian nations.
As future seeds of Tibet, it is more crucial for the younger generations of Tibetans to raise awareness towards Tibet’s degrading environment and speak against the exploitation of the Chinese Government for the sake of Tibet and its neighboring countries.
Happy World Rivers Day!

Global Climate Strike 2021

Global Climate Strike day, thousands of climate strikes take place across the globe to demand urgent action to tackle the climate crisis. The youth in our community will be participating in the movement either digitally or by taking to the streets. On Global Climate Strike day tomorrow, let’s not forget to bring the narrative of Tibet’s ecological condition in the global climate discussion. #ClimateStrikeforTibet #DigitalClimateStrikeforTibet

 

Tibetans have been Displaced in their own Homeland because of the mining happening in Tibet by Chinese Government.

The rescue workers gather at the site of a coal mine accident in Gangca County, “Haibei Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture” in Qinghai, on Saturday, Aug. 14, 2021. A team of 200 Chinese police, emergency workers and experts on Sunday were trying to reach 19 coal miners trapped where a coal mine was flooded by mud on Saturday. Of the 21 miners working in the mine when the accident occurred, two were lifted to the ground, including one who was confirmed dead, while the rest remained trapped.
A record number of Tibetans have been displaced in their own homeland because of the mining happening in Tibet by Chinese government and also mining can pollute air and drinking water, harm wildlife and habitat, and permanently scar natural landscapes.

THE TRADITIONAL WAY OF LIFE FOR TIBETAN NOMADS ARE IN DANGER

THE TRADITIONAL WAY OF LIFE FOR TIBETAN NOMADS ARE IN DANGER BECAUSE OF THE NOMADIC DISPLACEMENT POLICIES IMPLEMENTED BY THE CHINESE AUTHORITY IN GUISE OF PRESERVATION OF TIBET’S ENVIRONMENT.
Tibetan nomads or Drokpa have lived in perfect harmony with their surroundings. They have been taking care of or protecting the vast grasslands of Tibet as through their traditional way of life. These pastoral nomads constantly move from one place to another to find the best grazing grounds for their herds of yaks, sheep, goats and horses. The Chinese government have presented a fabricated narrative to the world that Tibetan nomads have caused untold damage to the vast grasslands and destroyed the natural habitat of the area, pinning the blame on them for erosion and gradual desertification in the area supposedly caused by the nomad’s animals’ grazing, which is far from the actual truth.
Tibetan nomads have lived an eco-friendly and self-sufficient life spread out on the vast grasslands of the plateau. The Chinese government has removed more than two million nomads from their land and pushed them into large-scale cantonments with no medical, educational or business opportunities that prevent them from leading a sustainable and dignified life as they did through generations. At the same time, such measures threaten their identity. Nomads are being forced off the land and moved into urban settlements as traditional farming methods are being replaced. Tibetan nomads face poverty, unemployment and social exclusion as their traditional way of life is ripped from their hands. Relocated families are forced to pay three-quarters or more of the cost of their new, lower quality housing. This forces them into debt, making them unable to feed their livestock or families. The relocated Tibetan nomads whom China refers to as ‘ecological migrants’ are people who have become refugees in their own land, owing to China’s reckless exploitation of Tibetan resources.
Raising yaks and other livestock has been a way of life in Tibet for centuries. Nomadic herders range across the Tibetan plateau, using their intimate knowledge of the landscape to find the best grazing for their animals and sustain their families and communities. Such practice is ecologically sustainable and has helped to maintain a healthy ecological balance of the plateau through centuries. Since the early 1990s, China has sought to destroy this way of life.
China has now moved millions of Tibetan nomads from their traditional grasslands to urban settlements, opening their land for the extraction of resources and ending traditional agricultural practices which have sustained and protected the Tibetan environment for centuries.
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