(Montreal, Wednesday, 1 December 2010) – The Canada Tibet Committee (CTC) has released a video highlighting the severe stakes facing Tibet’s unique environment from the impacts of climate change and the potential consequences for over one billion people in neighbouring countries who rely on Tibet’s freshwater resources for their very survival.
Timed to coincide with COP 16 meetings (the UN's Framework Convention on Climate Change) in Cancun, Mexico; the video calls for multilateral action to protect Tibet’s freshwater resources and unique ecosystem.
This past August, in response to the CTC’s letter to G20 leaders, Canada’s Foreign Affairs Minister Lawrence Cannon wrote: “I do not believe it would be appropriate for Canada to involve itself in questions related to natural resource and water management in Tibet.”
The CTC differs with the Minister in this regard. G20 countries collectively represent the single largest group of GHG emitters and collectively must play a leading role at COP 16 to reach a meaningful and substantive agreement to reduce GHG emissions.
Equally, the Canadian government has a duty to ensure that Canadian companies operating inside Tibet and China do so with the highest of environmental standards in place and with the free, prior and informed consent of local communities.
“The consequences of climate change on Tibet and Southeast Asia will be severe, impacting over a quarter of the world’s population,” said CTC executive director Dermod Travis. “We can no longer afford to let opportunities such as COP 16 slip by through intransigence or wishful thinking on the part of reticent politicians.”
With remarks from His Holiness the Dalai Lama, the video can be viewed at:
The Canada Tibet Committee is an independent non-governmental organisation of Tibetans and non-Tibetans living in Canada, who are concerned about the continuing human rights violations and lack of democratic freedom in Tibet.
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