Tuesday, December 11, 2012

International Mountain Day

Mt Everest by Luca Galuzzi Wikimedia Commons
Mt. Everest North Face toward Base Camp, Tibet - Luca Galuzzi
Wikimedia Commons
Today is International Mountain Day, which is more than just a celebration of mountains, but of the people and cultures that depend on them. Ten Years ago, during the International Year of Mountains, the UN resolved that December 11 would be set aside as International Mountain Day. This day is intended to spotlight the way of life of mountain people as well as educate the world on their plight, since they are among the poorest in the world. Mountain life is often marked by danger and a lack of basic necessities for sustainable life. However majestic mountains may be, living on them requires a lot more than appreciation of their beauty.

Sandia Mountains, Albuquerque, NM - G. Thomas, Wikimedia Commons
UN Photo Kibae Park
UN Photo - Kibae Park

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