Monday October 15, 2007

Blog Action Day 2007

What would happen if every blog published posts on the same topic, on the same day?
One issue. One day. Thousands of voices.


Today is Blog Action Day

On October 15th, bloggers around the web will unite to put a single important issue on everyone’s mind - the environment. Every blogger will post about the environment in their own way and relating to their own topic. Our aim is to get everyone talking towards a better future.

As of this posting, 19,739 bloggers have registered. Bloggers are asked to participate in three ways:

  1. Post on your blog relating to the environment
  2. Donate your day’s earnings to an environmental charity
  3. Promote Blog Action Day around the web

I can't afford to donate a day's earnings; however, I did make a donation today to the National Wildlife Federation.

Why Blog Action Day?

Blog Action Day is important because it shows us the power, energy and diversity of many people to voluntarily propose ideas and start conversations about an important topic. It should add great value to the current conversations about how to protect our environment.

Finally, Blog Action Day is important because it’s one more dramatic example of how our world is changing. Internet technology is making it possible for people to collaborate and communicate like never before. It’s making it possible for people to share ideas (and therefore wealth) in ways we could not have imagined 20 years ago.

Why is Blog Action Day Important? - Kevin Stirtz, American Chronicle

I like that description. Twenty years ago, I was one of a smallish group of techies who regularly used email. Ten years ago, the World Wide Web was so new, we still weren't quite sure what it was "good for". Today, every company has a website. Most people have email. Weblogs are everywhere. I regularly communicate with people across the globe.

The world may seem to have gotten smaller, but the planet is still the same size. We still share it with countless species of plants and animals, many of them shrinking away as humans expand.

My spouse and I appreciate were we live — near several County parks and trails as well as much of the Golden Gate National Recreation Area (GGNRA). There are deer and rabbits, snakes and lizards, hawks and coyotes (at least!) within a few miles of our house. The GGNRA is home to 1,273 plant and animal species. That's impressive. We'd like to keep it that way; we don't want to lose them.

We've looked out over the reservoir and wished we could walk to the shore and dip our toes. We understand why we can't — if we could, then everyone could. We're willing to give up access in return for the privilege of being near... and the privilege of keeping the wilderness area human-free.

As humans, we're in a unique position. We can protect, or pave over, just about any portion of the planet. We can save, or destroy, any species. We can chose where and how to live; what to grow, save, or discard; what to eat and drink; whether to recycle; how to get to work. We can make decisions. We can learn from our mistakes. We can change our minds. We can affect our environment to an astonishing degree. We can create change.

In less than 20 years, we've pulled people together into the World Wide Web. Just think what we could do together in 20 years more. Let's work on making the right decisions for the parts of the World that can't make the decisions for themselves.

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