On 11 December, the United Nations General Assembly designated the day to be celebrated as International Mountain Day. This day is intended to raise awareness about the importance of mountains and the many benefits they provide to humanity.
Mountains are not only important to the people who live near them, but they are also important to the water cycle and the world’s major rivers. The day aims to raise awareness about the dangers mountain ecosystems face. Their conservation is essential for sustainable development, and part of Goal 15 of the SDGs. Due to climate change and over exploitation, mountains are in danger. Conservation of mountain ecosystems is crucial for the future.
This day is also about celebrating the opportunities that mountains provide for us, as well as educating us about the important role mountains play in our environment. This day is a great opportunity to learn about the many ways mountains impact our lives, from providing us with clean air and water to helping to preserve our climate.