Tibet Climate Crisis – Students for a Free Tibet
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Tibet Climate Crisis

The Tibet Climate Crisis refers to the rapid rate of climate degradation in Tibet. Tibet is experiencing temperature increases caused by climate change at a rate of three times faster than the global average. Tibet holds the largest reserve of glacial freshwater outside of the North and South Pole with 1 in 5 people in the world relying on Tibet’s rivers for survival. But China is polluting these waters.

Tibetans are the frontline communities that have firsthand experience of the detrimental effects of climate change. Tibet’s rivers and glaciers affect an uncountable number of people downstream, about 2 billion throughout Asia. Despite these facts, Tibet and Tibetans are being left out of the climate conversation and are actively silenced by the CCP.

Tibet, known as Water Tower of Asia, serves as the source of ten major Asian river systems flowing into some of the most densely ­populated countries: China, India, Vietnam, Cambodia, Laos, Thailand, Burma, Bangladesh, Nepal, Bhutan, and Pakistan.

Our long-­term vision is to safeguard Tibet’s precious and fragile environment and spread awareness of the Tibet Climate Crisis.