Monthly Archive for: ‘December, 2014’

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Some Christmas Thoughts

On this day – Christmas 2014 – I’ve been thinking about how this holiday is increasingly more about receiving than …

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Celebrating – and Advocating for – Our World’s Mountains with the United Nations’ Mountain Partnership

A week ago, I had the honor of addressing delegates of the Mountain Partnership at the United Nations Headquarters in …

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Mount #Kenya, #Africa’s second highest peak, supplies…

Mount #Kenya, #Africa’s second highest peak, supplies some 70% of the nation’s water. It’s also important spiritually, believed to be one of the abodes of #Ngai, the good of the #Maasai and #Samburu people.

But, Kenya’s glaciers are dwindling, it’s storage capacity diminished. By 2050, its snows will be no more.

Support our mountains on this International Mountain Day…and every day!

#DIM14 #welovemountains #climatechange #internationalmountainday

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A herd of #Himalayan #Ibex stand on…

A herd of #Himalayan #Ibex stand on the flanks of the #Gangotri Glacier below #Shivling, #India.

The Gangotri gives birth to the #Ganges River (known at this point as the #Bhagirathi) just a few kilometers downstream. The Bhagirathi joins the #Alaknanda just below the #Tehri Dam to form the Ganges proper. It then flows some 1500 miles to the Bay of #Bengal, providing essential water for an estimated 400 million people within its #watershed.

But, like so many mountain glaciers, the Gangotri is receding at an alarming rate – about 15-20 meters per year, and nearly 2 kilometers in the past century.
Mountains are the water towers of the earth, and thus cornerstones of humanity. Let’s honor them today on International Mountain Day, and urge our elected officials to take mountains and mountain preservation seriously.

#DIM14 #internationalmountainday #welovemountains #liveyouradventure

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Happy International Mountain Day! Did you know…

Happy International Mountain Day! Did you know mountains provide some 70% of the world’s fresh water? That they directly support about 720 million people, and indirectly sustain billions more worldwide? Not to mention they’re a cornerstone of art, faith, and inspiration across cultures and continents?

If you love mountains, then please get out and show your support: Follow @welovemountains, print out a banner from their website, and most importantly, go climb a mountain. Take a pic, tag it with #welovemountains, share it here, and help spread the word!

#liveyouradventure #IMD #internationalmountainday #loveourmountains

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Jake Norton on the summit of Elephant Butte, Evergreen, Colorado, for International Mountain Day.

Happy International Mountain Day!

It’s December 11, also known as International Mountain Day. While we may not realize it, there’s a lot to thank …

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