Posts Tagged ‘Blog Action Day’

Putting poverty in perspective

Wednesday, October 15th, 2008

Today is Blog Action day, a day when thousands of bloggers all across the world team up to write about one topic in order to bring awareness to that issue. Last year, we wrote about the environment. This year, the topic is poverty.

In all honesty, poverty is a topic that’s tough for me to really grasp. Unlike many of my friends, I haven’t traveled extensively to Third World countries, so I haven’t had to look poverty in the face very often. And when I do, it’s removed – on the TV screen, or via a story that someone is telling me.

I don’t think that many people who live in the United States truly understand poverty the way people in other countries experience it. I am not trying to say that people who live below the poverty line in the U.S. have it easy – that certainly is not the case. But the definition of poverty in other countries is vastly different than what we think of when we consider being poor.

These are two examples that really put things in perspective. Don’t worry – neither one is scary or filled with manipulative images. They are both just meant to give you an idea of where you fall in the midst of the world population.

Global Rich List – this site will show you how rich you really are when compared to everyone else in the world. Just type in your income, and you’ll find out if you’re richer than you think.

The video embedded below is short – just one minute – but will give you another good look at where you would fit in if there was an island that was cross-section of the world divided by income level.

After checking out these resources, you might feel like you have a little bit more to give. If so, I would like to ask you to join me today in making a donation to your favorite charity that fights poverty. If you don’t have a charity in mind already, World Vision is an excellent organization that makes good use of every dollar donated.

And, if you have a blog, it’s still not too late to sign up to be part of Blog Action Day.

Sign up for Blog Action Day 2008

Friday, August 15th, 2008

Just a quick heads up to all you bloggers out there that signups are now going on for Blog Action Day 2008. 16th Letter participated in this last year, and it was a very cool thing to be one of thousands of blogs all writing about the same topic on the same day. Last year’s theme was the environment, and this year we will be tackling the issue of poverty. Head over to the site to sign up your blog. This type of event is one of my favorite things about the Internet – doing something small that turns into something so much bigger than just myself because of the number of participants. Anyway, hope that you’ll be a part of it!

Blog Action Day 2008 Poverty from Blog Action Day on Vimeo.

Blog Action Day a success

Wednesday, October 17th, 2007

I just heard from the folks at Blog Action Day on the final statistics for their endeavor, and it sounds to me like their mission was a success. Their goal was to activate bloggers across all topic areas to spend one day blogging on the environment – the final tally was that 20,603 blogs participated. You can find more information about the event and sign up to be notified about next year’s event at the Blog Action Day Web site.  

The greening of the world

Tuesday, October 16th, 2007

Environmental protestBeing environmentally conscience is trendy right now. Let me be quick to say that I think this is a good thing, I don’t mean to belittle the movement with my choice of words. I also think that the United States has hit a tipping point, and that environmental causes will never go back to being just left-wing issues, due in part (at least) to the work that Nobel Peace Prize winner Al Gore has done to educate the masses on environmental issues. Along the way, Gore has managed to recruit a large number of high-profile celebrities to the cause. The verdict? It is now “cool” to be green. Today is “Blog Action Day” and 19,745 bloggers (including myself) have signed up to blog about the environment. Along with bloggers, companies are moving to earth-friendly messaging. When something is as cool as “being green” is cool, it’s time to market that angle for all its worth. Some examples:

GM has a corporate responsibility section of its Web site with numerous assertions of its greenness.

Steve Jobs wrote a letter about Apple being green. (Greenpeace disagrees, claiming that the iPhone contains hazardous chemicals.

P&G’s Environmental Science Department is (thankfully) asking the same questions as consumers of its products, such as “When the ingredients in Tide and Crest disappear down the drain, where do they end up?”

My verdict: Green may be getting popular, but we still have a long way to go before we get it right.

* The little girls in the picture are my friends Charlotte & Rob’s daughters.

~ Red Door ~