Wednesday night, SFT@ York University’s chapter held a presentation on the topic of the Third Pole. The short documentary by Michael Buckley “Meltdown in Tibet” was shown to just give a general introduction to the topic. Later on, guest speakers Prof. Veronique Tomaswezki, Jacqueline Medalye, Krisitina Srhestha and Tenzin Lobsang Wangkhang spoke on the topic of Climate Change in South Asia with a focus on the Tibetan plateau.
Jacqueline Medalye, a PhD Student from York University’s IRIS ( Instistute for Research and Innovation in Sustainability), gave a wonderful presentation about Climate Change, Tibetan glaciers and how that will affect over a billion people in South Asia.
Kristina Shrestha, a Masters Student in Environment & Development Studies, spoke on the effects of Climate Change in Nepal on the developmental level with regards to the roles of women, migration and agrarian issues.
Prof. Veronique Tomaswezki from the department of sociology, spoke on the spiritual and cultural bond between the Tibetan land and the /Bon Tibetan Religion.
Tenzin Lobsang Wangkhang, National Director for SFT Canada was the last guest speaker of the night, wrapping up the event with information about SFT’s campaigns against mining and China’s policies about the forced relocation of Tibetan nomads.
This event was a great succuess; we were happy to see a lot of new faces and have been able to create new discussion and dialogue around this very prevelant issue of Climate Change. Thank you to everyone who came to the event and we hope to see you at future SFT@York events!