International Mountain Day: Mountains matter
Catalunya11 de desembre de 2020
“Mountains matter” is the motto of International Mountain Day 2020 which is celebrated today. The mountains matter a lot indeed, more than you usually think from the valleys or plains where most of us live today. In ecological terms, the mountains host almost half of Mother Earth’s biodiversity and contain more than two-thirds of its freshwater reserves. On the immaterial plane, its extraordinary symbolic charge translates into an enormous cultural and spiritual richness that nourishes our values and attitudes.
The beauty of its landscapes, as well as the silence that can only be found there, connect us with some of the most profound aspects of the soul, such as wonder, the reception of radical beauty, or contemplation. Its geological formations are an unquestionable sign of the cosmic origin of Mother Earth, its peaks evoke transcendence, its valleys are the birthplace of the oldest cultures and the highest spiritualities. For all this, many mountains have been and are considered sacred, deserving of deep respect and veneration.
Preserving the mountains, both from environmental degradation and from the trivialization of their subtle qualities, is to preserve the inexhaustible stream of life and spirit that they are, and that we need to be.