You all know the tragic and brutal plunder of Tibet by communist China. Since 1950, 1.2 million Tibetan people have been killed by the savage carnage stages by communist China. During cultural revolution alone, over 6,000 monasteries were destroyed. Tibet’s environment faces total destruction from the onslaught of mining, militarization, industrialization, deforestation, dumping of nuclear waste and building of large dams over the rivers originating in Tibet such as Yarlung Tsangpo. Tibetan people are now minorities in their homeland. Tibetan culture and language are nearing destruction. You know these.
Do you know about us, the Tibetan glaciers?
The Himalayas have the world’s third largest glacier reserve of 1 trillion cubic meters in an area of 11,000 square kilometers. China’s official Meteorological Administration reveals that 82 % of glacial surfaces on the plateau have retreated and the glacier area has decreased by 4.5 % in the past 20 years. Some estimate that in the past 50 years, 82 % of the Tibetan glacier ice have melted. The plateau has lost 10 % of its permafrost layer in the past decade. More than 15,000 glaciers in the Himalaya show evidence of shrinkage. Some 2,000 Himalayan glaciers have disappeared since Chinese occupation of Tibet.
We are dying. Our death will not be Tibet’s loss alone. Tibetan rivers sustain 85% of Asia’s population and our death will directly impact these rivers.
Please listen to His Holiness The 14th Dalai Lama’s proposal of converting Tibet into a peace park. Please pressurize China to do this.
Glaciers in Tibet.”
Note: The author of this article is indebted to Shri Jayadeva Ranade and his book “China unveiled: Insights into Chinese strategic thinking” for this article and has quoted him extensively.