Blog Action Day 2009
By the time I’m 31, I want to own a mansion. This mansion will be made of stone, well lit and ventilated, with huge windows. Around this stone mansion, I want huge lawns and small wooded patches. All the cut grass will be used as manure in the vegetable garden out back, because of course I want my own veggies! But it looks like none of this can come true because I want all this on a small island. And with global warming continuing full tilt, my island dreams are sunk. Pun intended.
Think of that polar bear stranded on a melting ice-berg. As a kid, even though I knew polar bears could swim, it’s destitute loneliness scared me. Even imagining myself on an iceberg all alone was a nightmare. I hoped the photographer helped that bear.
Think of that old tree in the park that you played under as a kid. Think of the thousands of trees like that in your city, your state, your country, your continent… the world. And think of them all dying one by one as the world gets hotter.
Think of the poorest person you’ve ever seen. Now imagine poor like that all over the world. Different skin colour, perhaps, but they’re all starving. Because with climate change and weather pattern change across the globe, people who survive on subsistence farming need to change and adapt to the new patters too. And they are starving.
Changing the Climate is easy. We just keep doing what we’ve been doing all these years. Cutting trees, not creatively educating children about climate change, not using pollution checks in factories and vehicles, letting corrupt officials allow reserved land to be sold to land developers and the list goes on and on…
Stopping the climate from taking a turn for the worse is harder. It’s a challenge. A challenge we ALL need to take up. Today. Now.
Blog Action Day is an annual event held every October 15 that unites the world’s bloggers in posting about the same issue on the same day with the aim of sparking discussion around an issue of global importance. Blog Action Day 2009 will be one of the largest-ever social change events on the web.