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Books for Children presents its new children's book, "Save the Himalaya," a heart warming tale of a Tibetan nomad family and a baby snow leopard in the Himalaya. This book educates children about the environmental crisis facing the Himalaya. Our goal is to donate a few thousand copies to 82 Tibetan refugee schools in exile by Losar 2012, and help Tibetan children learn about their homeland and how to best protect it.
Cover: The main characters
We will donate the books to those Tibetan refugee orphans and children at 82 refugee schools in exile.
I visited TCV in Leh, Ladakh in 2008
My three other books that I have donated in the past in a Tibetan refugee school in Ladakh.
"Save the Himalaya" Book details:
- Forewords by H.H. The Dalai Lama
- Introduction by Richard Gere
- Text and drawings by Rima Fujita
- Translations by Dhondup Tashi Rekjong and Tenzin Dickyi
- Written in Tibetan, English and Japanese; 17 drawings in full-color
- Published by Sanctuary, worldwide in October 2011
Forewords by H.H. The Dalai Lama
The natural world is our home; it is after all where we live. Therefore it is in our interest to look after it. The Himalayan region lies at the heart of Asia. Several of the continent's great rivers rise there, so it is source of life, sustaining hundreds of millions of people in many lands, extending down to the distant surrounding oceans. Therefore, Tibet's fragile natural environment has an impact on the broader region involving millions of people downstream.
In this colourful book for children, Save the Himalaya, Rima Fujita focuses on the importance of the Himalaya region and the various threats it faces. Since it is written in Tibetan, English and Japanese, I hope it will reach a wider audience of readers and that, as more people become aware of the situation, greater efforts will be made towards conservation in the region.
The Dalai Lama
May 18, 2011
Introduction by Richard Gere
I vividly remember my last trip to the Tibetan Plateau in 1993. Under Tibet's infinite sky and surrounded by the most brilliant mountains I'd ever seen, the plateau's vast environmental richness was as evident as its extraordinary beauty. Shortly after my visit, I was banned from being allowed to return so I hold the image of Tibet's beauty in mind to this day.
However, the plateau is changing. Excessive deforestation, industrialization and mining have damaged Tibet's pristine land and some of Asia's most valuable headwaters- the Amu Darya, Indus, Ganges, Brahmaputra, Irrawaddy, Salween, Mekong, Yangtse, Yellow, and Tarim- are threatened, leaving the region at tremendous risk.
Considering that one-fifth of the world's population directly benefit from watersheds whose sources stem from the plateau, nearly 1.4 billion people stand to be impacted by climate change in the region.
I hope Save the Himalaya will inspire you to find ways you and your friends can help protect one of Earth's most precious resources, the great Land of Snows, the Tibetan Plateau.
Preview: A snow leopard baby has lost his mother.
Preview: The Tibetan nomad family in their tent house
Preview: A huge crane is offering a ride over the Himalaya.
Preview: Snow leopards
Preview: The sunset in the Himalaya
- Saving the Himalayas in Los Angeles, an Exhibition / phayul.com
- Charity exhibition opening for Rima Fujita’s latest artwork / Buddhadharma
- Rima Fujita’s “Save the Himalaya” event in LA / Words and Pictures
- Save The Himalaya, by Rima Fujita, Gallery Opening Cocktail Reception / eventful.com
Fund raise Event Schedule:
Exhibition event at Sundaram Tagore Gallery
April 29 to May 22, 2011
9606 Santa Monica Blvd. Beverly Hills, CA
Opening reception on Friday, April 29 from 6-8pm
with honorary guest speaker, Mr. Lobsang Nyandak,
The representative of H.H. The Dalai Lama in the Americas.
Dr. Stephen Commins (UCLA) will be speaking about the Himalayan environmental crisis.
photos: teresa heath
Exhibition event at Gokokuji, Tokyo, Japan
October 28 to 30, 2011
Opening reception on Friday, October 28, 2011
More details coming soon.