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Mountain Day...Every Day

Mountain Day...Every Day

Author: Hugh Bollinger/Tuesday, December 12, 2017/Categories: natural history, wildlife conservation, sustainability, environment, climate change

                                                   International Mountain Day Poster (credit: FAO)

International Mountain Day is here again. Sponsored by the United Nations, the day is set aside to remind us of these monumental landscapes and their value. Mountains worldwide require better recognition for the sustainable resources provided to us. Whether North America's Rocky Mountain spine, South America's high Andes, Africa's remote Ruwenzori with their strange Afro-alpine, Asia's massive Himalayas, Europe's Alps, or the Great Diving Range of Australia, these geological massifs are vital. Mountains provide water suppllies to lowland farms and cities; they moderate the climate; provide recreation opportunities; create forests and wildlife habitat; while offering spiritual contexts recognized by all religions. We all suffer when mountain are abused.

Unfortunately, many mountains are being degraded by unplanned developments, population expansion, deforestation, and climate change. This year, Mountain Day is linked to the Mountain Partnership Global Meeting being held in Rome, Italy December 11-13th. The meeting is hosted by the Food & Agricultural Organzation and will focus on the challenges and opportunities for sustainable development. A 'call for action' is intended to showcase concrete efforts and policies to strengthen resilience of mountain peoples and their environments.

While an international meeting can acknowledge the importance of mountains, anyone can celebrate Mountain Day with a relevant activity. You can receive recognition of you project by sending an email about it to: Let us know and received a listing here by the international organizers. Additionally, there is an opportunity to submit a video for video to a contest (#MountainsMatter) that tells your local story. Why not get involved and learn more about this global initiative?

A day for remembering mountains on one day is nice but that should become part of any practice, every day.

WHB

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