The Devastation of Tibet’s Environment: An Inside Look at China’s Exploitation and Destruction

2023-09-08 06:39:18

The most powerful telescope in the northern hemisphere of the Earth is going up in China. The telescope, named Mozzie, will start operating in mid-September. The telescope is located in the city of Lenghu, located in the Tibetan region. Lenghu, once a petroleum city, has been heavily mined by China. Later it was abandoned.

At the UN Human Rights Council meeting in 2021, China was accused of many human rights abuses in Tibet. The allegations were mainly made by the representatives of the US and Denmark. But the revelations that China has not only destroyed human rights, but also exploited the environment in Tibet have come out many times. Lenghu is a good proof of that.

In 2019, China celebrated the 60th anniversary of its complete occupation of Tibet. In a white paper released that day, they said that before their arrival, the Tibetans had not come close to development and that they had brought development, causing a great protest among the Tibetans. But they replied that China had destroyed the environment of their homeland, which they had always cherished as virtue. Since the time of the 33rd Emperor Songsten Gompo, Tibet has emphasized environmental protection, and this was vigorously enforced until the reign of the 13th Dalai Lama.

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But China came here in the 1950s and shook the environment of Tibet in many ways. Tibet was a center of animal diversity at that time. It was known among scientists as a great zoological garden. Some prominent scientists were of the opinion that Tibet has biodiversity comparable to that of the Amazon rainforest. Large-scale hunting was not permitted in pre-Chinese occupation Tibet. But this was no problem for China. They hunted animals in Tibet using machine guns and other things. Hunting licenses were widely granted and recreational hunting was encouraged. This has had a major impact on Tibet’s animal wealth.

The forest area of ​​Tibet before the Chinese invasion was two and a half million hectares. But along with the Chinese invasion, forest and tree destruction also took place on a large scale.

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China was one of the largest users of the timber market. To satisfy their demands, the forests of Tibet were ruthlessly destroyed. By 1985, Tibet’s forest cover had been cut in half. Floods such as the Yangtze in 1998 and the Drakuchu in 2010 were caused by this. Mineral mining, like petroleum, was booming in Tibet. Both the river and the land were polluted due to its sediments. In 2016, a Chinese company called Ronda Lithium dumped toxic waste into the Lichu River. This caused massive pollution in the river and led to mass extinction of fish. In 2014, massive protests took place in the Tibetan villages of Dokar and Sibuk against the Gyama Copper Mine. The protest was to stop polluting their river and soil.

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