By Lobsang Tenchoe
DHARAMSALA, Nov 21: China invented the climate change, Sikyong Lobsang Sangay said at the just concluded Halifax International Security Forum at Halifax, Nova Scotia.
Sikyong Lobsang Sangay, the political head of the Central Tibetan Administration, attended the forum along with a host of international leaders and took part in the panel discussion on ‘Power Corrupts Corruption Corrodes’, an event hosted by Dixon Osburn, Executive Director, Center for Justice and Accountability, media report says.
“Let me start with the proposition that Trump is right, China invented the climate change because China occupied Tibet; the water tower of Asia. The urbanization of Tibet by China has caused the temperatures to increase and this coupled with the global warming has melted 50 percent of the glaciers in Tibet in the last fifty years,” a short video of the Forum doing the rounds on social media apps shows Sikyong Sangay as saying.
The situation could turn worse for the down stream countries as NASA projects 80% of the remaining glaciers to melt and disappear by 2100.
“If 80% of the remaining glaciers melt and disappear by 2100 as projected by the NASA, there will be a serious water crisis. China which constitutes 19% of the world population has only 11% of fresh water which means 400- 500 million Chinese are already deprived of fresh water. Situation in India, Pakistan and Bangladesh is worse,” Sikyong disclosed.
South and South East Asian countries depend on the major rivers originating from Tibet such as Indus, Ganges, Brahmaputra, Irrawaddy, Salween, Yellow river and Mekong rivers.
The 8th annual Halifax International Security Forum was held from Nov 18 to 20 in Halifax, Canada. It is a non-profit, non-partisan organisation with its headquarter in Washington, DC.
The forum is a network for international governments, military officials, academic experts, authors and entrepreneurs that addresses global security issues.