A short documentary about the dire consequences of China’s ruthless mining in Tibet. As a Canadian filmmaker, the narrator has a personal take on this because of the involvement of Canadian companies in mining in Tibet — and the railway to Lhasa. Following the arrival of the train in Tibet in 2006, large-scale mining of lithium, gold, copper, lead, crude oil, natural gas, and other resources has been under way to feed China’s voracious industrial sector. The mining pollutes drinking water, kills the livestock, and degrades the grasslands on which Tibetan nomads depend.
The environmental impact may go far beyond Tibet’s borders because of rivers that run downstream to ten Asian nations, as Chinese engineers are heavily damming Tibet’s mighty rivers to supply power for large-scale mining operations.