The United Nations General Assembly designated 11 December “International Mountain Day”. As of 2003, it has been observed every year to create awareness about the importance of mountains to life, to highlight the opportunities and constraints in mountain development and to build alliances that will bring positive change to mountain peoples and environments around the world.
Mountains are home to 15% of the world´s population and host about half of the world’s biodiversity hotspots. They provide freshwater for everyday life to half of humanity. Their conservation is a key factor for sustainable development
Mountain biodiversity is the theme of this year’s International Mountain Day, so let’s celebrate their rich biodiversity, as well as address the threats they face.
Mountains loom large in some of the world’s most spectacular landscapes. Their unique topography, compressed climatic zones and isolation have created the conditions for a wide spectrum of life forms.
Biodiversity encompasses the variety of ecosystems, species and genetic resources, and mountains have many endemic varieties. The differentiated topography in terms of altitude, slope and exposure in mountains offers opportunities to grow a variety of high-value crops, horticulture, livestock and forest species.
“Every mountain top is within reach if you just keep climbing.” – Barry Finlay
“Mountains are the beginning and the end of all natural scenery.” » John Ruskin
“Keep close to Nature’s heart…and break clear away, once in awhile, and climb a mountain or spend a week in the woods. Wash your spirit clean.” » John Muir
The occasion of International Mountain Day reminds us that for our survival, we need mountains and we must do all that we can to protect them.
They are the ones who protect us and they are also the ones who bring us rains. Save them for we need them. Warm wishes on International Mountain Day.
There can be no life, there can be no Earth, there can be no future without mountains. Wishing everyone a very Happy International Mountain Day.
Mountains need to be protected because they are losing their identity with changes in climate. Wishing everyone a very Happy International Mountain Day.
They have shielded us from our enemies and they have also provided us with waters to drink. On International Mountain Day, let us promise to protect them.
Without mountains, life will not be the same because Earth will not be the same. The onus of protecting them lies on us. Happy International Mountain Day.
Mountains inspire us to always be strong. Mountains motivate us stand tall against all our problems. Let us save our mountains. Warm wishes on International Mountain Day.
Without mountains, there can be no life because they are the ones responsible for giving us water. On International Mountain Day, let us join hands to save them.
The celebrations of International Mountain Day are incomplete without a pledge to save them from getting depleted from the face of earth. Let us work together to save them.
Without mountains the scenery of nature would be incomplete. Let us make it a special International Mountain Day by promising ourselves to save them.
For life–which is in any way worthy, is like ascending a mountain. When you have climbed to the first shoulder of the hill, you find another rise above you, and yet another peak, and the height to be achieved seems infinity: but you find as you ascend that the air becomes purer and more bracing, that the clouds gather more frequently below than above, that the sun is warmer than before and that you not only get a clearer view of Heaven, but that you gain a wider view of earth, and that your horizon is perpetually growing larger.” » Endicott Peabody