Voice of Tibet reported on November 23, 2023, that Palyang, a Tibetan woman, has been recognized on the prestigious BBC "100 Women" list for her remarkable efforts in championing the ecological conservation of the Tibetan Plateau. Palyang, a dedicated diarist and sustainability advocate has been actively monitoring the shifting landscapes, species dynamics, and water systems in the Tibetan plateau since 2018.
Her profound commitment extends beyond documentation. Palyang has acquired skills in crafting environmentally friendly products such as lip balms, soaps, and belts, all designed to safeguard local water sources. Her initiatives not only contribute to environmental protection but also inspire and engage others to join the cause.
The BBC highlighted the ecological challenges faced by the Tibetan plateau, citing climate change-induced effects like escalating temperatures, glacial melt, and desertification. Palyang’s relentless dedication to recording ecological data, observing weather patterns, and studying plant life has positioned her as a prominent advocate for the preservation of this delicate ecosystem.
As part of her involvement, She is an active member of the Sanjiangyuan Female Environmentalists Network, where she promotes health and sustainability within her community.
This year's BBC "100 Women" list emphasized the critical role of individuals combating climate change. The list encompassed five categories: climate pioneers, culture and education, entertainment and sports, political social activities, and science, health, and technology.
Joining Palyang on this esteemed list is Jetsunma Tenzin Palmo, a Tibetan Buddhist disciple hailing from the West. Jetsunma Tenzin Palmo, born in England in 1940, ventured to India at the age of 20 and became one of the first Westerners ordained in Tibetan Buddhism.
Her impactful endeavors include establishing the Dongyu Gatsal Ling Nunnery in Hematal, India, providing a home for over 120 nuns and striving to elevate the status of female practitioners. Jetsunma Tenzin Palmo spent twelve years residing in a remote Himalayan cave, dedicating three years to intensive meditation. In recognition of her noble contributions, she was honored with the title of Jezunma in 2008.
The BBC emphasized its annual tradition of recognizing influential and inspiring women worldwide by producing documentaries, features, and interviews to share their impactful stories across all BBC platforms.
Palyang and Jetsunma Tenzin Palmo's inclusion in the "100 Women" list stands as a testament to their tireless dedication to environmental preservation and spiritual empowerment, spotlighting their significant contributions on a global stage.
Edited and collated by Team TRC