The Tibetan plateau is melting.
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The Tibetan plateau holds the world's third-largest store of freshwater ice. More than 1.5 billion people rely on the water from Tibet every day, but the glaciers are melting. Because of this, communities across Asia are at risk of water shortages and food insecurity.
The Chinese government refuses to act; in fact, its policies have aggravated the situation in Tibet through the construction of mega-dams and the leeching of mineral resources. Because of these policies, Tibetan nomadic people are being displaced from their ancestral lands in the millions. Tibetans who speak up about their experiences on the front-line of the climate crisis face the possibility of being detained or tortured.
The next UN Climate Conference (COP27) is in November. Tibetan voices must be heard at COP27.