Dalai Lama’s Message to COP26

Tibet has a crucial ecological place in the Asian region. It has never been more important to give Tibetans a say in the management of their own homeland.

Tibet is the source of some of the world’s major rivers, among them the Brahmaputra, the Ganges, the Indus, the Mekong, the Salween, the Yellow River and the Yangtze. These rivers are the source of life because they provide drinking water, irrigation for agriculture, and hydropower, for nearly two billion people across Asia. The melting of Tibet’s numerous glaciers, the damming and diversion of rivers, and widespread deforestation, exemplify how ecological neglect in one area can have consequences almost everywhere…

His Holiness the Dalai Lama, 31 October 2021

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