Tibet's Climate Crisis: Writing To Your MP

Contacting your MP

To help you contact your MP, we have provided a model letter. You can copy and paste this letter and email it straight to your MP, adapt it, or use the talking points in the letter to write something in your own words.

You can also adapt and print this version in Word.

To find your MP and their contact details, you can use the search function on the They Work For You website here: https://www.theyworkforyou.com/mp/ 

Simply enter your postcode and your MP’s details will appear.

If you receive a response from your MP, please do send it on to us at: campaigns@freetibet.org.

 

Contacting your representative

For those outside the UK: Although Free Tibet is a UK-based organisation, we encourage international supporters to participate. If you would like to write to your own government, MP, senator or representative, you can use the international template letter here.

 

Model Letter

Dear [MP NAME],

I am writing to you as my MP to raise two matters that are important to me: Tibet and the environment.

As you may know, Tibet was occupied by China almost 70 years ago following a military invasion. Tibetans continue to demand their freedom but today live in some of the most repressive conditions in the world. Under the occupation, Tibetans are seeing the systematic eradication of their culture. They risk facing arbitrary detention, torture and lengthy prison sentences if they speak out against the Chinese Communist Party.

One of the key threats faced by Tibetans today is the CCP’s treatment of their environment. Across Tibet, mines have been opened to extract its mineral wealth, including on pastures that rural Tibetans rely on for their livelihoods. Tibet’s rivers flow from the Himalayas and into countries across South and Southeast Asia, supplying water for an estimated 1.5 billion people. They are now the location for scores of dams and mega dams, which have affected the flow of rivers and forced entire Tibetan communities to be relocated.

However, the most pressing and comprehensive threat to Tibet’s environment is that of climate change. The Tibetan Plateau contains the largest concentration of frozen freshwater outside of the Arctic and Antarctica. But, its glaciers are receding at three times the global average due to climate change, resulting in eight billion tonnes of ice being lost every year as glaciers disappear. Between 1970 and 2010, Tibet lost over 27 per cent of its glacier coverage.

The depletion of Tibet’s glaciers risks seriously disrupting the flow of Tibet’s rivers, posing a threat to rural Tibetans and people downriver who rely on this water. Tibet’s fragile ecosystem could also be seriously damaged. These negative effects could be greatly exacerbated by the current construction of dams across Tibet's rivers.

These risks require decisive action. I urge you to raise the damage that is being done to Tibet with the government, with a view to the government making a clear statement of support for Tibetans and recognising them as one of the frontline communities in the struggle against climate change.

Furthermore, I request that you urge the government to think ahead to the COP26 climate summit, which will take place in summer 2021 in Glasgow. I would appreciate it if you could request that as part of its preparations for COP2, that it invites a Tibetan to address the summit, so that they can recount in their own words the threats to their land and livelihoods that Tibetans are being forced to confront.

I look forward to hearing from you,

Yours sincerely,

[NAME]

[ADDRESS]

[POSTCODE]