Tibetan volunteers clean up the environment

Volunteers from the Keep Yushu Prefecture Clean Charitable Association
Volunteers from the Keep Yushu Prefecture Clean Charitable Association

13th October 2016

The Keep Yushu Prefecture Clean Charitable Association aims to protect their local environment

While Tibet may conjure up images of pristine, snowy peaks, rolling pastures and pure water running through its rivers, Free Tibet supporters have become accustomed to a different view of Tibet's environment. However, at Free Tibet we like to report good news too, of Tibetans taking action to stand up for their environment. One such example comes from Yushu, eastern Tibet, where locals have set up a volunteer group to clean up their surroundings.

The "Keep Yushu Prefecture Clean Charitable Association" was initiated by a few like-minded Tibetans for the purpose of environmental protection and conducts massive cleaning activities four times a year (once per season) by dividing themselves up across different locations.

On 5 October the association carried out its organised a programme in which they cleaned the banks of the Yangtze River and other nearby areas including monasteries, villages, highways and tourist spots.This is the fifth time that the association have cleaned up the rivers and environment in Yushu Prefecture by picking up rubbish and waste.

The Keep Yushu Prefecture Clean Charitable Association is one of a number of environmental groups that has emerged in Tibet in the last few years. The organisation aims to protect the environment and raise awareness about environmental issues among Tibetans.

Below are some pictures of the volunteers from the Keep Yushu Prefecture Clean Charitable Association carrying out their work.

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You can join in the defence of Tibet's environment, which continues to be exploited under the occupation.  China's government and Chinese companies are using Tibet's water resources for profit, bottling Tibetan water without the agreement of local Tibetans before selling it on as a high-end product. 

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