Blog Action Day – join the movement to make a difference

Blog Action Day has partnered with Al Gore’s Alliance for Climate Protection and will this year be lobbying US President and controversial Nobel Peace Prize recipient Barak Obama to show vital leadership by introducing and fast-tracking the implementation of clean energy policies in the States. As one of the primary global carbon culprits, a deal at Copenhagen that doesn’t get the US’s buy-in will be stillborn.

You have a blog – now use it for good! Also take action by signing a petition telling the US it’s time to act on climate change here.

Get involved in local energy saving initiatives

Don’t forget to sign the National Energy Efficiency Campaign for South Africa’s  pledge to save energy – the site also give you tools and information for getting involved in local energy saving and carbon offsetting initiatives.

The problem with blogging for environmental change

This weekend’s Sunday Times – News & Opinion carried a syndicated article in which anti-globalisation doyenne Naomi Klein  dealt my excitement – if not determination – to blog for environmental change a bit of a blow. 

Klein, the critically acclaimed Canadian activist and author of No Logo, makes the following point about blogging as a medium:

As a blogger, you get to stand and shout on your soap box, get the issue off your chest (often to no one in particular) and then get on with your day without changing a thing about the very problem that upset you.

And I fear she may have a valid point.

Having read the anti-globalisation bible and fleetingly met her in a Mike’s Kitchen whilst covering the World Summit on Sustainable Development in 2002, I for one can vouch that she has her heart and head in the right place.

Yet in one fell swoop she hammers both Bono of U2 and, by implication, André of SA Climate Crisis’ attempts to spread eco-friendly thinking and ideas as futile.

 

If anything, she reckons, it does the cause as a whole a disservice by bringing about “change-inertia” and trivialising or “Bono-ising” the topic.

 

In a previous entry I wrote about change and ways of mobilising people through the dissemination eco-conscious thinking.

And if Klein is right, we’re not nearly done thinking about it either.

 

Should we organise a “gorilla mobbing” in Canal Walk, or go spray-paint the Minstry of Minerals and Energy’s offices? Should we drive around and deflate the tyres of every stationary Hummer we can find and skull-paint their windshields?

 

Because I will do it. Don’t tempt me.

 

What can you DO?

 

Action Point 1

On a more serious note though, please do let me know how we can take blogging and other forms of social media from mere consciousness into engaged action; this is important, so feel free to comment away.

 

Today being Blog Action Day, I couldn’t think of a more appropriate day to broach this topic.

 

Action Point 2
Go buy and read No Logo, and get hold of The Shock Doctrine, Naomi Klein’s new book on how Western Politicians persistently screw their voter bases – AND the environment – during times of disaster and crisis.

If nothing else, you can rest assured that the money won’t be funding a US presidential campaign in the near future.

 

This is what to look out for:

 

 

Action Point 3
Subscribe to this blog via the RSS feed and encourage your thinking associates to do the same.

Do it, do it now!

 

 Action Point 4

If you’re blogging today, make sure it’s about something urgent and environmental. Let’s make this one count in the blogosphere!