100 years ago, His Holiness the 13th Dalai Lama issued the Tibetan Proclamation of Independence
In 1949, China invaded Tibet. In 1959, the Dalai Lama fled Tibet for safety in India. Since then, over 1 Million Tibetans (a 6th of their population) have lost their lives as a result of the occupation and oppression by China. Over 6000 monasteries have been destroyed by Chinese forces. The cultural genocide in Tibet continues today.
From the Canada Tibet Committee:
The year 2013 will mark 100 years since Tibet proclaimed the restoration of its independence. The Manchu army sent troops to Tibet in 1909, prompting the 13th Dalai Lama to escape to India. However, as the Manchu dynasty succumbed to a Chinese revolution at home, Tibetans expelled the Manchu troops from Tibet. The 13th Dalai Lama returned to Tibet and issued a proclamation to mark the restoration of Tibetan independence. The text of this proclamation has survived, though the original document has not.
Tibetans in Tibet risk imprisonment, torture, and execution for raising their flag in their own nation.
On February 13th, raise a flag for Tibet.
Learn more about Tibet and how you can help by clicking here.
Do I want that snazzy new BlackBerry 10 phone that’s coming out soon? You bet. Do I want a killer new jacket to turn some heads while freezin’ my nim-nams off in Canada? You bet. Do I want an AVON gift basket so I can pickle myself each night before bed? Of course.
Do I need it? Nope. Not at all. Not a bit.
So this holiday season, I suggest some of the following to shoppers out there: Those shopping malls packed with stuff and packed with people? We don’t need any of it. And I’ve heard time & time again that one of the worst feelings in the world is feeling obligated to buy someone something. So don’t. Don’t feel obligated. Marketing has done a wonderful job of programming us to think we need to. But don’t buy something just because you feel you have to buy something for someone. You don’t have to buy anything for anyone. It’s as simple as that.
But if you do buy gifts, buy with a heart and a brain. Take an extra minute or two to think about the consequences of what we buy, where it was made, how it was made, how it got here, etc. I recently read a quote in France: “Pourquoi just consommer quand on peut consummer juste?” Meaning, why just shop when we can shop justly? And it’s true.
For some ethical shopping ideas, check out the links below.
Most of us have a lot of stuff. Most of us don’t need anymore stuff. This year if you’re shopping for the holidays or asking for gifts, try buying your gifts through one of these groups or asking that your gifts come from one of these groups: Greenpeace, Students for a Free Tibet, the World Society for the Protection of Animals, and Amnesty International. Leave a legacy, not a trail of wrapping paper.
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“Tibet is an occupied country. We are not simply working for human rights or religious freedom in Tibet, we are working to free a nation from a illegal and brutal foreign occupation.”