April 3, 2011
Dalai Lama Warns About Impact Of Melting Glaciers In Tibet
India should seriously consider the melting glaciers in the Tibetan plateau, as millions of Indians rely on the water that comes from this region, says the Dalai Lama.
Chinese experts are quoted by the spiritual leader as saying that the Tibetan glaciers were receding faster than anywhere else in the world.
"India, a free country, I think should express more serious concern, that's I think important. This is nothing to do with politics, just everybody's interest, including Chinese people also," says Dalai Lama.
He speaks of the Tibetan ecology as "something very, very essential."
Once the glaciers disappear, the water supplies in the Asian rivers, which include the Indus and the Ganges, will be threatened. The glaciers are considered vital lifelines for these regions.
The Dalai Lama spoke to 400 Indians at the centenary celebrations of India's former President R. Venkataraman in New Delhi. He says "since millions of Indians use water coming from the Himalayan glacier, so you have a certain right to show your concern about ecology of that [Tibetan] plateau."
A third of the world's population is in India and China. As demand increases for fresh water in these regions, tensions exist regarding access to it.
Image Caption: View of the majestic Mount Everest from the Rongbuk valley, close to base camp and the terminus of the Rongbuk glacier at 5,200m.
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