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"Canada can, within a positive friendly atmosphere, ask the Chinese government to resolve the Tibetan situation."

Think global before local: Dalai Lama

December 3, 2009

JOYCE MORGAN, Sydney Morning Herald

December 1, 2009

Dalai Lama's climate message

The exiled Tibetan spiritual leader arrives in Australia with a message
about government action on climate change.

THE Dalai Lama had some surprising revelations: he takes showers not
baths, turns lights off when he leaves a room and has recently had his
gall bladder removed.

But it was the planet's health, not his own, that most occupied him as
he arrived in Sydney yesterday.

And he issued a stern warning: Tibet faces an environmental catastrophe
that could devastate billions of lives across Asia.

On the mountainous Tibetan plateau - the source of the Ganges, Indus,
Yangtze and Mekong rivers - temperatures are rising at twice the global

Melting Himalayan glaciers would affect all countries through which
these rivers flow, including India, Pakistan, China, Burma, Thailand,
Laos and Cambodia.

''These major rivers, which actually almost cover all Asia, these rivers
ultimately come from Tibet. So I think many human beings depend on
these,'' he said. ''From that view point we need special care about
Tibetan ecology.''

Tibet's exiled political and spiritual leader urged political leaders to
put global interests ahead of national to address climate change.

''Global issue should be No.1 [priority],'' he said. ''In some cases in
order to protect global issues, some sacrifice of national interest [is

The Nobel Peace Prize winner, 74, was speaking at the beginning of his
10-day Australian tour during which he will debate scientists, deliver
public talks and take part in the Parliament of the World's Religions.

His comments follow his warning earlier this month that Tibet's
environmental crisis was more urgent than a political solution to his
country's future.

The Dalai Lama also called on China to review its policy towards its
minorities in light of recent violence in Xinjiang province and Tibet.
He welcomed the Chinese emphasis on harmony and believed the Communist
Party had the ability to adapt to change.

The world's best-known refugee, who fled Tibet 50 years ago, said he
believed Australia could accept more refugees.
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