December 11 is International Mountain Day which celebrates our higher aspirations.
Translating: International Mountain Day
Spanish: Día Internacional de la Montaña
The United Nations General Assembly designated December 11 “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.
Mountain Peoples and Tourism
Mountains are home to 13 percent of the world’s population.
Ninety percent of the world’s mountain dwellers live in developing countries, where a vast majority live below the poverty line and 1 out of 3 faces the threat of food insecurity.
Mountains are places of tourism and cultural trails. Mountain tourism accounts for about 15–20 percent the global tourism industry.
Indigenous and local populations in mountains have unique and valuable local knowledge, traditions and cultural practices that can contribute to effective land management strategies.
Today is International #Mountains Day!
There are so many reasons why #MountainsMatter.
Did you know they are home to 915 million people & indirectly benefit billions more living downstream? pic.twitter.com/zeL6pVV2Ph
— FAOKnowledge (@FAOKnowledge) December 11, 2017
Word of the day: "cornice" – overhanging wave of hardened snow that forms on ridges & crests of mountains, above lee slopes. Beautiful in appearance, dangerous in presence.
For International Mountain Day: today, 11th December. pic.twitter.com/QxM90nmc9C
— Robert Macfarlane (@RobGMacfarlane) December 11, 2017
It’s International Mountain Day today! pic.twitter.com/WVkAuprA16
— Irish Uplands Forum (@IrishUplands) December 11, 2017
Today is International Mountain Day! Mountains cover around 22 percent of the earth's land surface and are home to 13 percent of the world’s population. They provide 80% percent of the world's freshwater, provide renewable energy, hydropower, solar power, wind power and biogas. pic.twitter.com/juwN1UEdYi
— Friends of OMDP (@FriendsOMDP) December 11, 2017