Blog Action Week

Quick plug for Blog Action Week, with an email I’ve received (see below). I’m tempted to vote for  Oceans, being a diver and with The End of the Line still fresh in my mind. However,  I’m off to Kenya in a couple of weeks with the APPG on Agriculture and Food for Development, which has been conducting a very ambitious and thorough inquiry on food security over the past year or more, so might go for sustainable food instead. This also gives the opportunity to blog about the industrialisation of agriculture, which people will know is a topic dear to my heart.

Speaking of which, WPSA (the World Society for the Protection of Animals) have arranged a parliamentary briefing for next Wednesday, to launch a major campaign to oppose the rise of intensive, industrial dairy farms based on the US industrial model. They’ll be showing a film with footage of industrial style farms in America, on which the UK farms would be modelled. So I’ll be going along to that.

Here’s the Blog Action Week email:

“Hey Blog Action Day bloggers,

Last October, 13,606 bloggers from 156 countries started a global conversation about climate change. Joining in on the conversation were dozens of the world’s leading nonprofits as well as influential voices ranging from British Prime Minister Gordon Brown to the White House.

To make Blog Action Day 2010 an even bigger success this year, we need your help in answering the following question: What important issue do you think the world should talk about on October 15th?

Based on nominations we received during voting process for last year’s topic, we’ve put together six potential topics for this year, outlined below. To vote on your favorite topic, click here.

Water:  The UN recently declared water to be a human right, but millions around the world still lack even the most basic access, causing widespread disease and the possibility of military conflict over access to clean water. 

Human Trafficking:  From prostitution to forced labor, more than 27 million people are modern-day slaves, making human trafficking one of the most overlooked man-made tragedies in the world.

Women:  The most discriminated against group in the world isn’t a minority: it’s women. From inequality in schooling to reduced economic opportunities, women face a disproportionate degree of adversity all over the world.

Sustainable Food: Industrial agriculture has overtaken the world’s food supply – creating obesity in the developed world and spreading genetically modified crops and oftentimes undercutting local farmers in the developing world.

Hunger:  While many of us may take healthy, nutritious food for granted, more than 1 billion people around the world see it as an unattainable luxury.

Oceans: Overfishing and pollution have decimated untold species of fish and other ocean life over the past few decades, and recent oil spills have shown how vulnerable aquatic life is to man-made disasters.

Don’t see an issue you’re passionate about in this list? We’d love to hear any additional suggestions. Tell us which of these topics you think merits an international discussion. 

We’ll announce the winning topic for Blog Action Day by early September and look forward to hearing your voice on October 15th. In the meantime, if you have any questions, suggestions, or want to be more involved in planning or promoting Blog Action Day, email Maria, our Outreach Director, at

Cheers, The team, creators of Blog Action Day 2010″

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