More than 400 students of the Tibetan Children’s Village School in McLeod Ganj observed World Biodiversity Day on 22nd May with their participation in an hour-long debate organized by the Environment & Development Desk of Tibet Policy Institute.
Six senior students in two groups debated the merits and demerits of climate change and its impact on Tibet. While two speakers from each group availed five minutes to present their argument, the third speaker gaves rebuttal to the views held by each opposing group. They also responded to the comments and questions raised by fellow students from the floor.
Chair of the debate Tempa Gyaltsen Zamlha said that the goal is to understand and analyze the negative impact of climate change and look for ways to mitigate them. He further said that while change is an inevitable phenomenon, it is important to understand the possible positive impact it could have on a cold and dry plateau like Tibet.
The Chief Guest Mr. Ngodup Tsering, Secretary of Education, Department of CTA lauded the speakers and appreciated the fact that such a debate can bring new light to a generally accepted view. The Chief guest then presented award to the speakers taking part in the debate.