International Mountain Day 2019
‘Mountains matter for Youth’ is the theme of this year’s International Mountain Day, which is celebrated on 11 December.
As a topic, when the world faces climate uncertainly, this should be a biggie, no?
Young people are active agents of change and the future leaders of tomorrow. They are custodians of mountains and of their natural resources, which are being threatened by climate change.
If we can’t do something for our young, then there really is an issue at root in society.
The 2019 International Mountain Day’s theme is a great opportunity for young generations to take the lead and request that mountains and mountain peoples become central in the national and international development agendas, receive more attention, investments and tailored research.
Yes, yes, and yes. Cyprus meanwhile is preoccupied – LNG and disputed seas – territorial rights.
The day will also be an occasion to educate children about the role that mountains play in supporting billions up and downstream – by providing freshwater, clean energy, food and recreation.
Cyprus youth should certainly understand the value of the two mountain ranges that define the island – the Troodos and the Pentadactylous. These are the engines of the natural water cycle that caused the island to be inhabitable in the first instance.
International Mountain Day is a chance to highlight that for rural youth, living in the mountains can be hard. Many young people leave in search of a better life and employment. Migration from mountains leads to abandoned agriculture, land degradation and a loss of cultural values and ancient traditions. Education and training, market access, diverse employment opportunities and good public services can ensure a brighter future for young people in the mountains.
Think of the mountain villages and how there is a need to support the cultural diversity that such challenging living has and still can create.
‘Mountains matter for Youth’ is the suggested theme for 2019, countries, communities and organizations are welcome to celebrate International Mountain Day through themes of their choosing. What can you do?
Cyprus – the question is open.
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