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International Mountain Day

International Mountain Day

Author: Hugh Bollinger/Wednesday, December 11, 2019/Categories: natural history, wildlife conservation, sustainability, art and design, environment, adventure , climate change

           Cornices below the Hillary Step, Mount Everest, Nepal (Jake Norton, Mountain World Productions)

World-class mountaineer, photographer, and colleague of this Journal, Jake Norton, reminds us that International Mountain Day is today. Jake was designated a mountain ambassador by the UN due to his deep knowledge and experience in mountain systems worldwide. He represented the organization at an earlier mountain protection conference.

The organizers of this years's Mountain Day events say:

mountains are home to 15% of the world´s population and represent 25% of the world’s biodiversity in plants and animals. They provide freshwater for nearly 50% of humanity and their protection is critical to meeting sustainable development goals. Sadly, mountains are threatened by over-exploitation of resources and climate change impacts everywhere. Rising temperatures are accelerating the rate of glacial melting and affecting water supplies for millions of people. This day should remind us of the importance and wonder that mountains provide.

 

            Julian Alps, Slovenia (credit: Jake Norton)                 Cliffs of Bhagirathi, Uttarakhand, India (credit: Jake Norton)

Join Jake and many others to celebrate any mountains that exist near you and learn more about efforts to protect these vital landscapes. It would be worth your time for some mountain conservation projects.

WHB

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