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Tibet-Mcleod-Environment-TSO-2015Dharamshala — Tibetans, Indians and supporters Wednesday held a mass cleanup around the McLeod Ganj town in celebration of the 26th anniversary of Noble Peace Prize to Holiness the Dalai Lama.

The cleanup event was organised by the Clean Upper Dharamshala of the Tibetan Settlement Office (TSO) based in Dharamshala, on December 9, 2015. The cleanup are held twice in a month with individual volunteers. But the organiser is also working for the same on daily basis.

With several announcements, today's cleanup event was participated by around 60 volunteers, include Tibetans, Indians, foreign tourists and members of the Regional Tibetan Womens' Association, Handmade Recycle Workshop, and Tibetan Shoppers' Welfare Society.

The participants were divided into two groups, covered different locations, including the Main Square of McLeod Ganj, Temple Road and the Jogiwara Road. The organiser said that the solid waste is also becoming a critical problem where people still illegally throw garbage.

"Today is eve of the 26th anniversary of Noble Peace Prize to Holiness the Dalai Lama and we want to show a sense of care to the environment in Dharamshala, while trying to bring a change in garbage disposal," said Mr Ngawang Sonam, working committee member of the Clean Upper Dharamshala.

"The Himalayan town is a place where His Holiness the Dalai Lama lives and the base of the Tibetan government-in-exile where many Tibetans live, I think it is our responsibility to keep the environment clean," Mr Sonam stressed.

Sonam thinks people should aware of the ways to maintain the environment clean. He urges others to join the Clean Upper Dharamshala for upcoming events. "We would like to extend the plead for support of more people to join us in creating more awareness on the environment and how to fix the garbage disposal," he added.

Tenzin Chime is a final year BA Journalism student at Madras Christian College. He currently interns at the Tibet Post International.

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