Looking To The Mountains
Gangotri Glacier weaves 25 kilometers originating on the Chaukhamb massif. (credit: Jake Norton)
This Journal has connections with professional photographer and video producers from around the world. Master mountaineer and photographer, Jake Norton, of Mountain World Productions in Colorado reflected on mountains and their critical importance for Earth Day. Norton was designated a 'mountain ambassador' by the United Nations so he brings critical knowledge to their current environmental situations.
Mountains are often referred to as the Earth's "water towers" since what happens to their ice caps, glaciers, and rivers descending from the high peaks affects billions of people worldwide. From California's Sierra Nevada to the Himalayas in Asia, waters draining from these majestic landscapes, sustains entire economies and ecosystems. Climate change is now having profound impacts on mountain systems so they deserve more dedicated observation, respect, and protection.
You can read Norton's full Earth Day commentary here: Look to the Mountains