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Tibetan school children carry out global strike for climate action/ENG

2019. szeptember 27./Phayul.com/TibetPress

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By Tenzin Dharpo

DHARAMSHALA, Sept. 27: Tibetan high school students on Friday chimed in for the globally observed school strike for the climate, also known as the Fridays for Future (FFF), Youth for Climate and Youth Strike 4 Climate drive, demanding action against climate change from decision makers and stakeholders.

The initiative started by Swedish climate activist and teenager Greta Thunberg resonated with the Tibetan teenagers who demanded change “now”. Students from two prominent schools; Tibetan Children’s Village School, Lower Dharamshala, and Mewoen Tsuglag Petoen School highlighted many fragile and frontline ecosystems, like that of their homeland Tibet which under Chinese rule has seen drastic deterioration. Banners read, “Tibet’s rivers, Asia’s lifeline” and “renewable energy for all” among others, echoing sentiments that reject decades of overreliance on fossil fuel that has been responsible for the warming earth and its repercussions.

Tenth grader Tenzin Pema expressed desperation that are common among kids her age who lay vulnerable to the perils in the future brought on by climate change. She pleaded, “I know people have said this million times over that ‘we need to save our earth!’ We have spent billions of Dollars trying to make world a better place, but don’t you realise it that money alone is not going to solve anything.”

“Can’t you see a 16-year-old Greta Thunberg whose age is same as mine, can make such difference? Why can’t you? You have lived our life two times over but still you haven’t been able to do anything about it! Basically, we are here to tell the adults what we have to say and make them hear our concern for this planet earth. Because there is no future if we keep on going like this!” the student further said.

Since 20th September for a week that culminated today, 4 million people, many children among them, joined in solidarity with Greta Thunberg’s call for a week of global climate strikes. Her speeches that exposed global leadership in their hypocrisy and indifference to scientific warnings of irreversible damage to the world’s environmental equilibrium, reverberated decades of stagnancy at both policy levels and day to day lives of people in the world.

Five NGOs; Students for a Free Tibet-India, Tibetan Women’s Association, Tibetan Youth Congress, International Tibet Network and jhatka.org which organised the initiative jointly said that, “the momentum that has been built by young people globally, to treat the climate crisis as a crisis has created the perfect opportunity for young Tibetans to resonate this call for climate action, and insert Tibet’s fragile environment into the international climate action discourse.”

 

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