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Sydney Ideas - Tibet: Life on the Frontlines of Climate Change

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Sydney Ideas co-presented with Sydney Environment Institute

As the earth’s ‘third pole’ and source of Asia’s major rivers, Tibet is an area of immense environmental and geostrategic importance.

For millennia, Tibet’s nomads flourished sustainably on the ‘roof of the world’. Today they are being forcibly removed from their ancestral lands. At the same time, the climate crisis is bringing dramatic changes to Tibet, with profound consequences both for Tibetans and the hundreds of millions of people who live downstream.

Tsechu Dolma, 25, is a Tibetan refugee, Columbia University graduate, and founder of the Mountain Resiliency Project – a social enterprise dedicated to building climate change resilient communities in Nepal through women’s empowerment in sustainable agribusiness. Her pioneering work led Tsechu to be recognised as one of Forbes 30 under 30 in social entrepreneurship.

Tsechu will explore how Tibet lies at the heart of many of the great development challenges of the 21st century. We will hear about how climate change is impacting Tibet, and how this affects the fresh water supply and food security of a staggering proportion of the world’s population. We will hear about the role of nomads in protecting Tibet’s environment, and the importance of traditional knowledge and practices in responding to climate change.

This talk promises to offer a unique insight into climate change, inclusive development, and the role of frontline communities in driving solutions.

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Tsechu Dolma, Founder of the Mountain Resiliency Project

Respondents

Kyinzom Dhongdue, Australia Tibet Council
Professor Robyn Alders, School of Life and Environmental Sciences

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Professor Leanne Cutcher, Head of the Strategy, Innovation and Entrepreneurship Discipline

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New Law School

Eastern Avenue

University of Sydney, NSW 2006

Australia

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