Glacier Peaks as Symbols of Peace

Glacier peaks stand high and visible above areas of dense human population. To many people, they appear calm and serene, and in this way offer a vision of peace. Today, on International Day of Peace, celebrate the glaciers with us, recognizing the place the environment holds in our shared humanity.


The glaciers of Mont Blanc are located on the peaceful international border between France and Italy (Source: Ivan Borisov/Flickr).

The Argentière Glacier is a large alpine glacier within the Mont Blanc massif (Source: Olivier/Flickr).


Miage Glacier is another glacier within the Mont Blanc Massif (Source: X-Weinzar/Creative Commons)


The glaciers of Glacier National Park in Montana are located on the peaceful international border between the U.S. and Canada. In 1932, Glacier National Park was combined with Waterton Lakes National Park in Alberta to form the world’s first International Peace Park (Source: Cody Wellons/Flickr).


A view of Grinnel Glacier, upper Grinnel Lake, Glacier National Park (Source: Katy Brady/Flickr).


A view of Sperry Glacier in Glacier National Park (Source: Distress.bark/Creative Commons).


This year’s theme of International Day of Peace— “Together for Peace: Respect, Safety and Dignity for All”— extends to the world’s glaciers, which have been rapidly disappearing as a result of anthropogenic climate change.


A view of Mer de Glace in the Mont Blanc Massif, no longer a “sea of ice” (Source: Terekhova/Flickr).


One of Canada’s most prominent symbols of glacier retreat, Athabasca Glacier in Jasper National Park, part of the Columbia Icefield that straddles the Continental Divide, continues to disappear (Source: InSapphoWeTrust/Flickr).

The remains of Shepard Glacier as seen from Pyramid Peak in Glacier National Park in 2005 (Source: USGS/Creative Commons).