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Transcript: This Country Isn’t Just Carbon Neutral – It’s Carbon Negative by Tshering Tobgay

Tshering Tobgay

Here is the full transcript of Prime Minister of Bhutan Tshering Tobgay’s TED Talk: This Country Isn’t Just Carbon Neutral – It’s Carbon Negative at TED 2016 conference.

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TRANSCRIPT: 

In case you are wondering, no, I’m not wearing a dress, and no, I’m not saying what I’m wearing underneath.

This is a gho. This is my national dress. This is how all men dress in Bhutan. That is how our women dress. Like our women, we men get to wear pretty bright colors, but unlike our women, we get to show off our legs.

Our national dress is unique, but this is not the only thing that’s unique about my country. Our promise to remain carbon neutral is also unique, and this is what I’d like to speak about today, our promise to remain carbon neutral.

But before I proceed, I should set you the context. I should tell you our story.

Bhutan is a small country in the Himalayas. We’ve been called Shangri-La, even the last Shangri-La. But let me tell you right off the bat, we are not Shangri-La. My country is not one big monastery populated with happy monks. The reality is that there are barely 700,000 of us sandwiched between two of the most populated countries on earth: China and India. The reality is that we are a small, underdeveloped country doing our best to survive. But we are doing OK. We are surviving.

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