International Mountain Day
11 December every year: Raising awareness about the importance of mountains to life.
“Mountains are crucial to life. Whether we live at sea level or the highest elevations, we are connected to mountains and affected by them in more ways than we can imagine. Mountains provide most of the world’s freshwater, harbour a rich variety of plants and animals, and are home to one in ten people. Yet, each day, environmental degradation, the consequences of climate change, exploitatative mining, armed conflict, poverty and hunger threaten the extraordinary web of life that the mountains support.”