Lobsang Yangtso

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We helped Lobsang last year -- can you help do it again and make sure Tibet has a voice at the world's most important climate summit?

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Lobsang Yangtso marching in the streets of Glasgow to demand for climate action at last year's climate summit, COP26

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Lobsang Yangtso escaped from Tibet by climbing over the Himalayas when she was just 9 years old.

Today, she's an environment and climate crisis expert with a Ph.D. And she's terrified about what is happening... in her Tibetan homeland, where ice is melting 3x faster than anywhere else on the planet. As home to a glacier that provides water for 1 in every 5 people on Earth...we should all be terrified.

Lobsang wants to sound the alarm at the critical COP27 climate conference in Egypt, just a week away. But the high cost of attending means she and other front-line activists and experts are scrambling to ensure they can take part -- leaving the fossil fuel lobby to control the narrative and stop real action.

We can change that -- if thousands of us chip in, our community can send Lobsang to meet our leaders...and fund campaigning for real climate impact at the conference and beyond. Can you chip in to help?

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The world’s biggest oil and gas companies will descend on COP27 in an all-out offensive to protect their profits. Their plan is to exploit the EU energy crisis to lock in gas as a path forward instead of actual clean energy. And if they succeed, it will mean we continue down our currently catastrophic pathway to 2.5+ degrees of heating.

Imagine what it would mean for the next generation.

The good news is we know what we have to do to win: centre the stories of those on the front lines of climate disaster to show world leaders that the cost of inaction is just too high.

But a combination of travel costs and visa complexities makes it very tough for the people we most need at the table to get there.

Lobsang knows exactly what is happening to the environment in Tibet and has witnessed firsthand the impact of the climate crisis in this fragile and vital land.

If we’re going to have a shot at taking on the massive oil and gas lobby, we need voices like Lobsang’s at COP27. Can you give just a small amount to send Lobsang and her team to Egypt?

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The threats we face are a matter of life or death. If we don’t slam the brakes on runaway climate change, our future is extreme weather, food shortages, and millions displaced. The next few months will decide if we succeed or fail, but to win we need to centre the voices of the communities with everything at stake.

The SumOfUs community has come together time and time again to stand in solidarity with communities risking everything to change the world -- from the Indigenous peoples of the Amazon to Bangladeshi labour organisers to communities across the globe taking on corporate power. We even helped Lobsang attend last year's climate conference. Let’s do it again to save the planet we all call home.

Thanks for all that you do,
Allison, Sondhya and the SumOfUs team


More information:

Cop27 climate summit: window for avoiding catastrophe is closing fast, The Guardian. 30 October 2022.

Why are the glaciers in southeast Tibet melting so fast?, Phys.org. 08 September 2022.

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