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TIBET: Enduring Spirit, Exploited Land

By Robert Z. Apte, Andres R. Edwards



TIBET: Enduring Spirit, Exploited Land describes the traditional lives of nomads and farmers and their practices in co-existing with the environment. The environmental ethic developed by the Tibetans over millennia now threatened by Chinese development practices has gained increased significance for the world as the population increases and its dependence on the natural resources reaches its limits.

The survival of the Tibetan culture and its environment has local, regional and global implications:

The Tibetan Plateau is the source of Asia's major rivers which is the lifeline to millions of people throughout Asia. Tibet has been shown to influence weather conditions which affect the global climate patterns.

The human impact on theTibetan environment has affected the livelihood of Nomads and farmers.

The destruction of the Tibetan culture would mean a loss of an earth-based wisdom of co-existing with the environment.


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