The International Mountain Day is celebrated each year on the 11th of December. It is a day recognized by the United Nations and aims to protect the mountain ranges and mountain regions. 2002 was the international mountain year. The year promoted the sustainable mountain development. The year started on December 11, 2001, and ended on the 20th of December 2002. At the end of the year, the United Nations proclaimed 11th of December as the International Day for Mountains. The leading organization in the campaign was the Food and Agriculture Organization. We only see mountains as a source of nature and beauty while it is so much more than that. The mountains provide us with fresh drinking water and food. The water running down the streams and rivers from high up the mountains contain minerals and nutrients that fertilize the agriculture land at the bottom. Thus mountains are also a source of food as many forests are located in the mountain areas and provide the inhabitants of those areas with meat, fruits, and vegetables.
How to observe it?
The day is observed by environmental organizations that hold seminars and educational lectures at the community center or educational institutes and educate the public on the importance of sustainable mountain development. Each year the theme of the day is different such as fresh water and biodiversity.