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International Mountain Day

Author: Hugh Bollinger/Monday, December 15, 2014/Categories: natural history, sustainability, environment, adventure

December 11th was International Mountain Day. As noted by the  United Nations ,  renowned mountaineers and photographers like Jake NOrton  as one ambassador, and anyone else who has ever trekked or climbed over cliffs and valleys, mountains are important. They cover nearly a third of the earth’s surface and are home to just under a billion people. The Tibetan Plateau is often called the "Third Pole" and"water tower of Asia" for good reason.

Mountains
provide 70% of the world’s fresh water, sustain wildlife and watershed covering forests, sustain fertile soils for small farmers, and have been a source of mystery, spirituality, and inspiration for millennia. They are also threatened by massive deforestation, excessive industrial developments, and international conflicts, One day a year doesn't seem like enough to really recognize their benefits but it's a start. A short animation explains more of why we should pay attention to their values.



Look out your window and hopefully a mountain range is in view and remember the freely offered benefits that mountains provide and that need protecting.

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