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The natural environment has long provided drinking water, energy and food for Tibetans. The traditional nomadic Tibetan lifestyle is particularly reliant on the environment. They have raised yaks and other livestock, and sustained their families and communities through traditional agricultural methods for centuries.
Nature is also important to Tibetans both culturally and religiously. Tibet boasts an array of rich natural resources, including gold, copper and water (used for hydro-electric power).
Tibetans inside Tibet continue to fight to protect the environment, despite the risks. Tibetans outside of Tibet have also been active trying to raise awareness of the Third Pole, and have consistently joined the global climate strikes.
"I came to join the Global Climate Strike and I’m trying to create awareness about my own homeland, Tibet." - Dawa, an advocate and campaigner for Tibetan climate and social justice.