tibet-post-header
Tibet: Features Environment and Health Lha Social Works Observes World Environment Day

Lha Social Works Observes World Environment Day

E-mail Print
6june200912Dharamshala: In observation of UN World Environment Day, Lha Social Works, a Charitable Trust organized a mass trash collection project Friday, June 5th, 2009 in McLeod Ganj, India.  Over 50 people, including Lha staff, volunteers, and students, gathered to spread awareness and collect trash in the main streets of the city.

The UN established June 5th as World Environment Day in 1972.  Each year, the United Nations Environment Program (UNEP), also established in 1972, uses this day to promote awareness of environmental issues and action on behalf of environmental protection.

6june200911Environmental degradation is one of the most serious threats facing our planet in the 21st century.  Climate change, mass extinction, and the degradation of soil, water, and natural habitats are threatening the earth’s capacity to support the ever-growing human population.  The Himalayan region is a precious, ecologically-important part of the planet.  Snow-melt from the Himalayas provides water for much of Asia.  It is a glacial, forested region that must be protected from contamination and human encroachment. 

It is common in urban India for litter to end up on the streets, in the gutters, and in the fields, forests, and other natural environments.  Litter, mostly packaging of consumer goods, is just one side-effect of a convenience-oriented, disposable global culture which must change if we are to preserve the ecosystem from deterioration.  It is especially important in India, a country that is undergoing rapid growth and industrialization, to spread the value of environmental awareness.

Tibetans find in McLeod Ganj a haven and a second home, while pilgrims and tourists come from all over the world to enjoy its beauty and cultural diversity, and to visit the home of His Holiness the Dalai Lama. As we benefit from and enjoy this place, it is important that we show our respect for it, and do our part to protect its air, water, soil, and forest.

On June 5th, Lha community members gathered in the bus station of McLeod Ganj—the centre of town—and Lha staff and volunteer teachers wore posters in English and Tibetan languages announcing the cleanup.  Free copies of the Tibetan-language book on environmental issues written by Lha’s director, Ngawang Rabgyal, were distributed.  The volunteers then split into two trash-collecting teams, one cleaning Jogiwara Road and the other cleaning Temple Road.  The cleanup thus covered the two dirtiest and most heavily-trafficked streets of McLeod Ganj. Some volunteers collected recyclables which were later dropped off to the Environment Office.  Others collected dry trash, which they deposited in dumpsters.

In a message to the public on World Environment Day, United Nations Secretary Ban-Ki-Moon said, “The theme of this year’s World Environment Day – ‘Your planet needs you’ – is meant to inspire all of us to do our part… Although individual decisions may seem small in the face of global threats and trends, when billions of people join forces in common purpose we can make a tremendous difference.”
Addthis
Last Updated ( Saturday, 06 June 2009 15:20 )  


......


Why freedom of speech matters: The silenced struggle in Tibet

Why freedom of speech matters:  The silenced struggle in Tibet

Dharamshala: - Despite strong internatio...

Chinese colonialism in Tibet causes cultural identity crisis

Chinese colonialism in Tibet causes cultural identity crisis

Dharamshala: - Many argue that there are...

A half century of blood and tears: Tibet still suffers under Occupation

A half century of blood and tears: Tibet still suffers under Occupation

Dharamshala: The 20th century has been m...

UK Tibet conference points to a Tibetan academic renaissance

UK Tibet conference points to a Tibetan academic renaissance

London: - "Younger generation are the fu...

Obama could do more to freedom; a key objective of US foreign policy

Obama could do more to freedom; a key objective of US foreign policy

Dharamshala: - On Thursday morning just ...

Tibet and Scotland: standing together on independence?

Tibet and Scotland: standing together on independence?

London: - Anyone who has been reading th...

“Real politik” for Tibet (Epoch of forbearance)

“Real politik” for Tibet (Epoch of forbearance)

Dharamshala: - The history of Tibet, bro...

Creating Cohesive and Self-reliant exile Tibet community

Creating Cohesive and Self-reliant exile Tibet community

Georgia, US: - Although overall experien...

Language policy in Tibet absolutely unacceptable: Top Official

Language policy in Tibet absolutely unacceptable: Top Official

Dharamshala: - The replacement of the Ti...

My book is my own personal experience: Kunsang Dolma

My book is my own personal experience: Kunsang Dolma

Dharamshala: - In an exclusive interview...

Free media is essential for democracy: Spiritual leader of Tibet

Free media is essential for democracy: Spiritual leader of Tibet

New Delhi, India, 22 December 2013 - "Th...

I don’t think Hu doesn’t want to resolve Tibet issues: Prof Su Jia

I don’t think Hu doesn’t want to resolve Tibet issues: Prof  Su Jia

Dharamshala: - In an exclusive interview...

Advertisements

In order to view this object you need Flash Player 9+ support!

Get Adobe Flash player
Joomla! Slideshow

Online Translation

English Afrikaans Albanian Arabic Armenian Azerbaijani Basque Belarusian Bulgarian Catalan Chinese (Simplified) Chinese (Traditional) Croatian Czech Danish Dutch Estonian Filipino Finnish French Galician Georgian German Greek Haitian Creole Hebrew Hindi Hungarian Icelandic Indonesian Irish Italian Japanese Korean Latvian Lithuanian Macedonian Malay Maltese Norwegian Persian Polish Portuguese Romanian Russian Serbian Slovak Slovenian Spanish Swahili Swedish Thai Turkish Ukrainian Urdu Vietnamese Welsh Yiddish