blog action day
This is my entry for the Blog Action Day 2009, my first experiment with Vector art and stick figures, I hope you like it!
p.s. Click on the image to see in full size.
p.p.s. This article was crossposted on the TH!NK ABOUT IT - Climate Change blogging competition.
Dear fellow bloggers,
I hope you are ready, tomorrow is Blog Action Day!
Lots of blogs are taking part in Blog Action Day 2009: Climate Change, including a few world-famous blogs like Mashable, the official Google blog, TMZ, Gadling, dozens of supporting organizations and thousands of others.
A quick look at the Google Blog Search gives us an interesting sample list:
- The government of the state of Minas Gerais, Brazil, which serves about 20 million people
- Cherie Bender, a award-winning artist originally from Scotland
- The DeSmogBlog Project, which has been voted Canada’s “Best Group Blog”
- Woman Tribune, a community especially for women
- The American School of Tegucigalpa, Honduras
- Social Media Vision by Justin Williams
- Going Crazy In America! – See the pledge below, it’s wonderful
- World Vision – Love these guys!
- Water Words That Work – A blog about water and how we can improve the environment by changing the way people think
Think about it, talk about it. The first step towards making people care is to inform them. And we, climate change bloggers, have live up to this task. Wouldn't it be awesome to see 90 posts from us, 90 bloggers, tomorrow?
If you need a place for inspiration take a look at the excellent BAD post: "8 Great Climate Change Resources for Your Blog Action Day Post", I found especially interesting the Pew Center for Global Climate Change’s “Facts and Figures” website, just the facts, pure and simple, and The Top 100 Effects of Global Warming, which gives also a funny look at the serious topic.
Oh, yes, also: get creative! Don't feel like you have to fill in this little box of advices, use the medium that suits you the best.
See you tomorrow!
p.s. This article was crossposted on the TH!NK ABOUT IT - Climate Change blogging competition.
The blogosphere is a complex organism which evolves rapidly in an ever-increasing motion. Discussions, philosophical insights, political commentaries, idiotic videos and lolcats cross each other in an apparently incoherent flow of information, unstoppable and uncontrollable. Then suddenly something extraordinary happens. On October 15 of each year the minds and hearts of the bloggers and internauts are captured by one word. Since its first edition in 2007 Blog Action Day has gathered the attention of thousands of bloggers, who were able to then reach millions of people. The idea is very simple as well as effective:
One issue, one day, thousands of voices
Global issues like poverty are extremely complex. There is no simple, clear answer. By asking thousands of different people to give their viewpoints and opinions, Blog Action Day creates an extraordinary lens through which to view these issues. Each blogger brings their own perspective and ideas. Each blogger posts relating to their own blog topic. And each blogger engages their audience differently.
I participated in both the events and gave my contribution. In the October 15 post "Blog Action Day - Zero Waste" with a post about the environment, I presented a series posters which encouraged people to recycle materials, which could then be used for future products, instead of considering them just waste. Recycling is of course just the last link of the chain, as people should first reduce and then reuse materials as much as possible. The cycle of production, consumption and disposal is a fairly complex issue, and it can't be explained in a few paragraphs, and many organisations have tied to find viable solutions to solve this problem. As far as I could tell, one organisation above all has its ideas and projects very clear and effective: the Zero Waste International Alliance. They have projects, publications, as well as real life case studies. So, what does the environment and the production of materials have to do with climate change? Quite a lot. What we decide to buy inevitably has an impact on the planet. Things are very much connected, soil degradation and the destruction of biodiversity do not allow plant to flourish, which cannot then absorb CO2, nor purify water, nor provide oxygen and nutrients for the organisms that need it.
Here I am, Chicago Illinois, first time ever in USA soil. Things are getting pretty interesting, right now I'm on a Starbucks, there's a free hot spot and thanks to that I can live blog. I hold my tea paper cup and it says:
Starbucks is committed to reducing our environmental impact through increased use of post-consumer recycled materials. Help us help the planet.
Funny how this could have been a perfect starting point for last year's topic: the environment. I wonder if that really helps the environment. Of course the use of post-consumer recycled materials has been proved to cause less environmental impact than brand new materials. But is that really the point? What's the real cost of a product? It turns out that poverty and environment are really interconnected topics, the more you exploit "poor countries" resources the more you damage the environment. It's all connected, and it's all part of the same game, the game of economic growth. We live in rich countries, we have wealth, hospitals, bridges, advanced technology, corporate merchandises, cars and iPods. We are rich, indeed. According to the World Bank 1.4 billion people, or one quarter of the population of the developing world, lived below our international line of $1.25 a day in 2005. $1.25. That's very poor. I can't even buy my Starbucks tea with that.
As I did a year ago for 2007, this blog will participate to the Blog Action Day 2008.
In 2008, the Blog Action Day theme is Poverty. Bloggers are free to interpret this as they see fit. We invite bloggers to examine poverty from their own blog topics and perspectives, to look at it from the macro and micro, as a global condition and a local issue, and to bring their own ideas, views and opinions on the subject.