Tibetan’s in India launch drive to create global pressure on China

Prime Minister of the Tibetan government-in-exile Lobsang Sangay, right, speaks as Speaker Penpa Tsering listens during a press conference in New Delhi. -AP Photo

NEW DELHI: The Tibetan government-in-exile in India on Tuesday announced plans for a four-day campaign to bring global pressure on China in a bid to end a string of self-immolations in their Himalayan homeland.

Dharamsala/New York – The most comprehensive footage of protests in Tibet this year, including shocking images of Palden Choetso, a 35-year-old nun from Geden Choeling Nunnery in Tawu, eastern Tibet, who died after lighting herself on fire on November 3, has been obtained from sources in Tibet. One video shows Palden Choetso standing upright as flames engulf her body. Additional footage shows Tibetans’ response to the self-immolation, including nuns protesting and chanting “Freedom to Tibet”; thousands of Tibetans at a candlelight vigil early on the morning of her funeral; and Chinese security forces converging on Nyitso Monastery. In the past eight months, 11 Tibetans have lit themselves on fire in an unprecedented wave of protest against China’s escalating clampdown in eastern Tibet.

Penpa Tsering, speaker of the Tibetan parliament in-exile based in the northern Indian town of Dharamshala, said the drive would include rallies and meetings and begin in New Delhi on Wednesday.

“The situation is getting more and more grim,” Tsering said at a joint news conference with Lobsang Sangay, who in 2011 took over political duties from revered Buddhist spiritual leader, the Dalai Lama, and was named prime minister.

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The two leaders said 99 Tibetans had self-immolated between 2009 and January 22 this year in protest against Chinese rule in Tibet.

“Instead of trying to address the main causes as to why self-immolations re taking place, as to why Tibetans are protesting in various other forms, the Chinese government has resorted to a blame game,” Sangay said.

“They blame us for the tragedy in Tibet which is absolutely baseless because Tibet has been under China’s occupation for the last 50 years,” the Harvard-educated scholar said.

Sangay said India, home to tens of thousands of Tibetan exiles “ought to speak out forcefully on Tibet”.

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The four-day campaign will call for visits to Tibet by UN fact-finding teamsand the publication of details of human rights discussions between Beijing and foreign powers, Sangay said, the Tibetan government as well as the parliament, which has been based in Dharamshala since the Dalai Lama fled after a failed uprising in 1959, were determined to highlight “repression of Tibetans in Tibet”.

Both the Dalai Lama and the prime minister have appealed to Tibetans not to resort to self-immolation.

“We are against drastic action but we must highlight it (the situation in Tibet) to the international community,” Sangay said.

Many Tibetans in China accuse the government of religious repression and eroding their culture as the country’s majority Han ethnic group increasingly moves into historically Tibetan areas.

China rejects that, saying Tibetans enjoy religious freedom.

Beijing also points to huge ongoing investment it says has brought modernization and a better standard of living to Tibet.

re-blogged from Dawn.com:  http://dawn.com/2013/01/29/tibetans-in-india-launch-drive-against-china/

China’s Tibetan Attack Dog Get’s New Collar

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China’s regime announced today the appointment of Mr. Losang Gyaltsen aged fifty five, as it’s latest colonialist governor tasked with heading ongoing oppression of Tibetans, in the so-called Tibet Autonomous (sic) Region. Which western media wrongly describe as ‘Tibet’, in truth it comprises around a third only of historic, geographical and cultural Tibet. His promotion and job description is straight out of the collaborator’s handbook and like Norway’s infamous traitor, Vidkun Quisling who loyally served Nazi Germany this Tibetan deserves the condemnation and contempt of all who value human rights, justice and national freedom.

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The Dalai Lama and climate change.

Posted from: WBUR

Dalai Lama Considers Climate Change At MIT Forum

By  October 15, 2012

Tibetan exiled spiritual leader the Dalai Lama waves as he takes the stage for the "Ethics, Economy and Environment Panel" at the Global Systems 2.0 Conference at MIT on Monday. (Jesse Costa/WBUR)

The Dalai Lama bows as he takes the stage for the “Ethics, Economy and Environment” panel at the Global Systems 2.0 Conference at MIT on Monday. (Jesse Costa/WBUR)

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. — Every nation will suffer if governments don’t think about common interests and responsibilities in dealing with climate change, rather than national interest, the Dalai Lama told a crowd in Cambridge on Monday.

“Whether we can really solve these problems or not, we have to make an attempt, that’s how I feel,” the exiled Tibetan spiritual leader said at a forum hosted by the The Dalai Lama Center for Ethics and Transformative Values, a nonprofit think tank at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Rising Sea Levels

new report out in the Journal of Coastal Research shows sea level rise is accelerating along the Northeast coast, threatening cities such as Boston. The latest study, from researchers at Virginia Institute of Marine Science, confirms two earlier studies.

The rising sea level and other climate change issues were among those discussed at the forum titled “Ethics, Economy and Environment.” The forum addressed what one scientist on the panel called “one of the biggest problems facing humans today — global climate change.”

The Dalai Lama said when he was growing up he didn’t think much about the environment. The water near his home was always very sweet but, he said, when he reached India and was told it wasn’t safe to drink the water, he started to consider the degradation of the environment a very serious matter. He lamented that the problems are largely invisible to the general public.

“Unlike violence, war, bleeding, dying, these are images that are stuck in our mind,” the Dalai Lama said, “the environment [is] not that kind of visible.”

Meditation Series,Enlightenment Brings Compassion, D.A. Hartley

Meditation Series,Enlightenment Brings Compassion, D.A. Hartley

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A leading MIT scientist on the panel said if this generation doesn’t act now to address global warming, there will be severe consequences, including not only rising sea levels but also heat waves, floods, droughts, more powerful hurricanes and an acidic ocean.

The Dalai Lama sat quietly on stage in his maroon robe silently nodding his head. He said even though he doesn’t have children, all of humanity’s children will be affected by climate change.

“We have the responsibility to think about their future, their life,” he said.

Education is the answer, and governments and the media have the responsibility to raise awareness, the Dalai Lama said.

Looking For Solutions

Rebecca Henderson, an economics professor at Harvard Business School, says we need to transform the world economy from one where resources are cheap and waste is free, to one where resources are properly priced. That, she says, will change polluting behaviors. Henderson says the challenge is convincing businesses to manage morally and ethically.

“I think there’s increasing consensus that business as usual may have unacceptable social and environmental costs,” Henderson said.

Penny Chisholm, a professor in the environmental studies department at MIT, looked at the latest efforts in geoengineering — tinkering with nature to try and reverse the effects of climate change. Scientists are looking at technical solutions such as collecting carbon in the atmosphere and storing it deep in the earth, controlling the temperature of the earth, or adding nutrients to the ocean. But, she told the Dalai Lama, these solutions could be dangerous.

“We aren’t going to know what will happen,” Chisholm said. “So to take that risk with our planet is too great when we know there’s a solution at the root cause.”

The solution, she said, is to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

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When will we reduce greenhouse gas emissions? Starting when?

Bill Moyers talks about why humanity does not face the fact of climate change. Very insightful.

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Anthony Leiserowitz

Please watch this video! It will appeal to all humanity, regardless of personal politics.

http://billmoyers.com/segment/anthony-leiserowitz-on-making-people-care-about-climate-change/

Anthony Leiserowitz on Making People Care About Climate Change

January 4, 2013

Remember climate change? The issue barely came up during the presidential campaigns, and little has been said since. But bringing climate change back into our national conversation is as much a communications challenge as it is a scientific one. Scientist Anthony Leiserowitz, director of the Yale Project on Climate Change Communication, joins Bill to describe his efforts to do what even Hurricane Sandy couldn’t — galvanize communities over what’s arguably the greatest single threat facing humanity. Leiserowitz, who specializes in the psychology of risk perception, knows better than anyone if people are willing to change their behavior to make a difference.

“[A] pervasive sense up to now has been that climate change is distant — distant in time, and distant in space,” Leiserowitz tells Bill. “And what we’re now beginning to see is that it’s not so distant. It’s not just future generations. It’s us and it’s our own children. I have a nine-year-old son — he’s going to be my age in the year 2050. I don’t want him to live in the world that we’re currently hurtling towards.”

 

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