Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

Perspectives from the Roof of the World: Tibetan Nomadic Perspectives on Climate Change
by Ferrigno, Meg, Ph.D., Prescott College, 2015, 369; 3708200
Abstract (Summary)

This dissertation is a collection of stories and experiences from the Tibetan nomads sur-rounding the DzaChu (Mekong River) of Kham, in Qinghai Province. The DzaChu is a sacred area that is threatened by climate change. The author uses mindful inquiry as the basis of this ethnographic study. Long term participatory observation and over thirty fo-cus groups within the DzaChu Watershed point to the thesis: Climate Change is one of the greatest threats to the Tibetan nomadic culture and to Asia’s magnificent Mekong River. It is the aim of this dissertation to demonstrate the impact of climate change on the Tibetan nomads and the critical need for respectful global relations with this precious wa-ter source that provides life to millions of humans throughout Asia. Readers are encour-aged to click on the hyperlinks to the photo narrative on Instagram @thepurelandproject and follow the accompanying website www.purelandperspectives.org. The Pureland Pro-ject organization is a part of the action research component of this work, which will move forward from this research to try to implement some of the ideas expressed by the partic-ipants, such as protecting the region as a UNESCO cultural or ecological heritage site.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Parajuli, Pramod
Commitee: Singh, Neera, Tan, Gillian, Tsultrim, Tsering
School: Prescott College
Department: Education / Sustainability Education
School Location: United States -- Arizona
Source: DAI-A 76/11(E), Dissertation Abstracts International
Source Type: DISSERTATION
Subjects: Asian Studies, Climate Change, Environmental Justice, Ethnic studies
Keywords: Ethnography, Mekong River, Nomads, Tibet
Publication Number: 3708200
ISBN: 9781321832143
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