Every December 11th, the United Nations (UN) raises awareness about the importance of mountains and focuses on the opportunities and on the development of mountains. This day also educated people in understanding the role of mountains in the environment and its impact on life. The theme of International Mountain Day 2019 is “Mountains matter for Youth”. The theme focuses on the youth so that they can come forward as active agents of change and as future leaders of tomorrow. It is necessary to educate children and people that mountains provide fresh water, clean energy, food and recreation.
Mountains are home of the 15% of the world’s population and a quarter of the world’s land animals and plants. They provide freshwater for everyday life to half of humanity. Their conservation is a key factor for sustainable development.
Unfortunately mountains are under threat form climate change and overexploitation. As the global climate continues to warm, mountain people – some of the world’s poorest – face even greater struggles to survive. The rising temperatures also mean that mountain glaciers are melting at unprecedented rates, affecting freshwater supplies downstream for millions of people.
This problem affects us all. We must reduce our carbon footprint and take care of these natural treasures.
In commemoration of this day the Forestry, Wildlife and Parks Division has organized a hike to the Boiling Lake that includes various hiking clubs, students from the Dominica State College and members of the general public. The Division also continues its educational school awareness programs on the importance of the sustainable use of our natural resources.