As a conservationist and nature/wildlife photographer, living surrounded by mountains brings the importance of them and how we can care for this beautiful biodiverse landscape. This image of the San Francisco Peaks was taken in Autumn, you can see some snow on the peaks as the temperatures drop.
Mountain ecosystems play a major part in the replenishing of mountain snows and glaciers. Without them these will melt and possibly vanish worldwide within 30-50 years. Without these snows, life on Earth will become unbearably hot and the water cycle will cease to function effectively. ActiveRemedy.org
Protecting Mountain Biodiversity
Did you know that mountains cover 24% of the earth’s surface and play a critical role in supporting life on the planet. More than half the world’s population depends on mountains for their water, known fondly as the water towers of the world.
Mountains harbor a significant portion of distinct ethnic groups, varied remnants of cultural traditions, environmental knowledge and habitat adaptations. They host some of the world’s most complex agro-cultural gene pools and traditional management practices.
The Mountain Institute – The Importance of Preserving Mountain Regions