Tshering Tobgay: An urgent call to protect the world's "Third Pole"
Acting on his mandate to move Bhutan into the 21st century, Prime Minister Tshering Tobgay is transforming his nation -- while maintaining its “Gross National Happiness.” Full bio
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did something unusual.
scuba diving, as it were,
that his country could drown
his message across to the world or not,
from where I come from --
over their impending fate.
I saw another political stunt.
on Mount Everest.
to the base camp of Everest
interfere with my beauty sleep.
on the Hindu Kush Himalaya mountains
over preindustrial levels.
to two degrees centigrade.
the best-case scenario.
repository of ice,
the "Third Pole."
I remember thinking.
much more quickly than I anticipate?
vulnerable than previously thought?
the glacial lakes --
that form when glaciers melt --
under the weight of additional water?
cascade into other glacial lakes,
flash floods in my country.
to literally destroy our land,
Mountain Development, or ICIMOD,
our glaciers for decades,
agonizing about the bad news
and dedicated scientists there,
have been melting for some time now.
has already lost much of its ice.
much more quickly --
1.5 degrees centigrade of global warming,
of global warming,
of our glaciers would vanish.
receive more rain and less snow ...
the health of our glaciers.
the amount of black carbon
the melting of glaciers.
melt much more quickly.
Himalaya region --
China, Nepal, Bangladesh, Myanmar
in the way water behaves.
more flash floods, more landslides,
some of the poorest people on earth.
in the immediate region
will also be hit hard.
critical water for agriculture
the "water towers of Asia."
when water is not required
will be broken,
for one-fifth of humanity.
when I heard that the Maldives
of the problem, isn't it?
we are personally affected.
We know climate change is real.
drastic and dramatic change.
affected by the melting of glaciers,
Himalaya mountains --
is like the pulse of the planet.
the rest of the world?
is the potential destabilization
of climate refugees,
because they have no or little water,
have been destroyed
in a region that has three nuclear powers:
in our region is grave enough
of a new intergovernmental agency.
from that part of the world,
of the Third Pole Council,
third-largest repository of ice.
located in the region
who have vested interests in the region
to work together.
the health of the glaciers;
policies to protect our glaciers,
who depend on our glaciers.
acting locally ...
to act locally ...
will continue to be important,
to the onslaught of climate change.
we must work together.
of the fight to protect our glaciers.
these two powerful giants,
and lead the fight.
against climate change.
sense of urgency.
that depend on our glaciers
Nepal's cabinet meets on Mount Everest,
could well drown the Maldives.
their cabinet meetings underwater
from where I live.
to what happens out there.
ABOUT THE SPEAKERTshering Tobgay - Prime Minister of Bhutan
Acting on his mandate to move Bhutan into the 21st century, Prime Minister Tshering Tobgay is transforming his nation -- while maintaining its “Gross National Happiness.”
Why you should listen
Tshering Tobgay went from civil servant to politician to prime minister -- all the while maintaining his star social media profile in one of Asia’s most progressive emerging states. As the second democratically elected Prime Minister of Bhutan, Tobgay continues to emphasize his country’s core value of happiness.
Bhutan's acclaimed "Gross National Happiness" index prioritizes well-being over financial growth. But Tobgay also seeks to solve Bhutan's great challenges: unemployment, poverty, gaps in education and infrastructure. WIth a foundation of optimism, his administration and the country's young democracy hope to become a paragon of stability in the developing world.
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