Sunday, December 11, 2011

Outside observations...

A day for everything; everything for a day. 11th December is International Mountain Day [UN link] and this year's theme is "Mountains and Forests." ..."Healthy mountain forests are crucial to the ecological health of the world. They protect watersheds that supply freshwater to more than half the world’s people. They are also home to untold wildlife, provide food and fodder for mountain people and are important sources of timber and non-wood products." In many parts of the world mountain forests are under threat; protection and development of mountain forests is of more importance than most people realise: as a large proportion of world population relies directly on 'freshwater stored in mountains for drinking, cooking and washing, irrigation, hydro-power, industry and transportation.' Click on image to enlarge.

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Paul said...

Love the expression 'mountain people' - do they have beards, weather unfashionable clothing and play musical instruments nobody has heard of?

Above my desk is a 1999 Patagonia Edge of the World calendar. Fantastic photographs that are timeless, unlike the melting glaciers of course.

Span Ows said...

LOL! Yes, the exact same thing occurred to me, only more sort of Deliverance with more clothes.

Ah Patagonia, Snowdonia...only higher...and Latiny. :-)