United States House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, a longtime Tibetan supporter, was presented with a briefing paper on the Tibet Climate Crisis by the Tibetan delegation at COP27. The Tibetan delegation is attending the COP27 conference with a demand that world leaders and policymakers acknowledge Tibet's ecological significance, include Tibetan experts in discussions, and adopt a rights-based strategy that gives frontline communities power and participation.
Earlier, the all-woman Tibetan delegation at COP27 had met India’s Union Minister for Forest and Climate Change Bhupender Yadav and handed over their briefing paper.
The five-member delegation are TPI research fellow Dhondup Wangmo, SFT activist Khenzom Alling, ITN researcher Dr. Lobsang Yangtso, SFT Executive Director Pema Doma, and Tibet Watch researcher Tenzin Choekyi. “We are travelling to Egypt because we strongly believe that Tibetan voices must be heard. Failure to address the occupation of our country or include Tibetans in a solution to the global climate crisis will leave the world with an environmental time bomb, one which risks devastating billions of lives across Asia unless it is diffused,” the group said in the joint statement prior to their departure to Egypt.
A strong team of Tibetan environmentalist were also in Glasgow to represent Tibet at COP26, the biggest UN climate change summit. The ‘COP26 Team Tibet’ highlighted the global ecological importance of the Tibetan Plateau and also strongly urged world leaders gathered for the UN Climate Summit to make Tibetan Plateau central to any global climate change discussion.
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