Posted 07 June 2011, by Gautham Ashok, The Tibet Post International, thetibetpost.com
Dharamshala: – Five thousand Tibetan women belonging to 33 regional chapters of the Tibetan Women’s Association (RTWA) based in India observed the World Environment Day on the 5th of June by planting 20,000 trees in 10 states in India. This is a campaign that was launched by Environment Ministry’s on World Environment Day.
In a press release by the Tibetan Women’s Association, the president Dolkar Lhamo Kirti(TWA ) said that , “curbing deforestation is a highly cost-effective way to reduce emissions and we need to plant 130 million trees to make up for the loss of trees in the past decade.”
Tenzin Woebum, officer of TWA’s ‘Women’s Environment and Development Desk’ (WEDD) said that “TWA’s ‘20,000 trees for planet earth’ was the culmination of UNEP’s new campaign to plant a billion trees by this year.”
In an event that was called the “Green walkathon”, organized by the Indian Ministry of Environment and Forests (MoEF) along with Department of Environment, Government of Delhi. Jairam Ramesh, Indian Minister of state for Environment and Forests acknowledged and appreciated the Tibetan presence before flagging off the rally at India Gate. Prof. Kiran Walia, Minister for Health and Family Welfare, Women and Child Development, also addressed the gathering of approximately 500 participants, including various stakeholders.
Later on in the afternoon, the Women’s Environment and Development Desk (WEDD) of TWA along with Delhi Greens (Environmental NGO based in Delhi) lead the ‘Earth-o-Care campaign’ to raise public vigilance about the degrading environment and its impact on Tibet, which is commonly called Third Pole.
The organizers travelled in a fuel-free green bus with banners and placards carrying the slogans: ‘If Tibet Dries, Asia Dies,’ ‘Climate Justice for Tibet Third Pole’ and ‘Tibet is Melting, Cut Co2′ and visited various public places in the city.