Dharamshala: - This is part one in a series of three articles called Cleaning Up Dharamshala - When Garbage Builds Bridges. In the spirit of World Environment Day on June 5th, The Tibet Post International explores the pioneering waste management projects taking place in His Holiness, the Dalai Lama's town of residence, McLeod Ganj. For a more detailed introduction, see Cleaning Up Dharamshala - When Garbage Builds Bridges.

Dharamshala: - 5th June, 2011: Sunday evening saw the celebration of World Environment Day in a way less ubiquitous. Held on the terrace of Youngling School in Mcleodganj, Tribal Sounds for Planet Earth was a charity event that spread the message through action instead of words - with a background score of fusion music. A cohesive effort of a group of individuals working independently, the idea of Tribal Sounds was to create an evening filled with natural beauty and a curious blend of musical styles.

Dharamshala: Tibetan youth are learning about the fragile ecology of their homeland thanks to researchers from Tibet's Environment and Development Desk (EDD). Researchers Ms. Chokyi and Mr. Jigme Norbu spoke today with students at the Central School for Tibetans (CST) in Kalimpong about the most pressing concerns facing the Tibetan Plateau.

London: Tibetan scholars from all over the world gathered in London on Friday (15th April) to discuss the environmental implications of China's occupation of the country. Over 50 people and many more via an online video stream attended the successful event organised by Students for a Free Tibet and the School of Oriental and African Studies.

Dharamshala: In the Dharamshala suburb of McLeod Ganj, where Tibetan spiritual leader His Holiness the Dalai Lama resides, the grubby work of collecting garbage has become a catalyst for uniting its multi-cultural population. The transient nature of Dharamshala - which means resting place for travellers - and the cultural diversity of the residents here, are factors which could easily make for a disorganized and half-hearted approach to garbage disposal.

Dharamshala: - The meeting is being attended by medical professionals from Delek Hospital, Mentsee Khang, staff of the Health Department, ten chief executive officers of the Tibetan hospitals and Ngoenga school for physically challenged children and five doctors from Tibetan settlements in different parts of India.

Canberra: The head of Environment and Development Desk at Department of Information and International Relations of the Central Tibetan Administration (CTA), Mr Tenzin Norbu, met with members of the Australian All-Party Parliamentary Group for Tibet (AAPGT) and briefed two Australian parliamentary committees on Tibet's environmental issues in Canberra on 10 February.

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