Blog Action Day: One issue, thousands of voices

Thousands of bloggers unite for the environment on 15 October

Nairobi, 12 October 2007 - Thousands of voices will speak out for the environment for the first-ever Blog Action Day on 15 October. This non-profit event, partnered by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), is an unprecedented call for bloggers around the planet to write about environmental issues on the same day.

Over 10,000 blogs are taking part in the event, and the incredibly diverse range of websites taking part is a powerful signal that the environment affects every one of us: they include environmental blogs like "Greensavvy" as well as practical sites such as "Ask the career counsellor", and they span the planet from "My Kiev Journal" to the "Indian cookery podcast".

At the heart of this innovative idea is the message that by uniting the world's blogging community, we can reach a combined audience of millions to raise awareness of the environment, get people thinking and trigger a global debate. The range of topics bloggers can write about is virtually endless: from green household tips to climate change, and from local pollution to major worldwide initiatives like the UNEP-led Billion Tree Campaign.

UNEP welcomes the simple yet powerful concept of Blog Action Day and calls on bloggers around world to participate. To find out more, go to http://www.blogactionday.com/

For more information, please contact

Nick Nuttall, UNEP Spokesperson, at tel: +254 20 762 3084, mobile: +254 733 632755, or e-mail: nick.nuttall@unep.org; or Anne-France White, Associate Information Officer, at tel: +254 20 762 3088, or e-mail: anne-france.white@unep.org.

The United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) has launched a major worldwide tree planting campaign. Under the Plant for the Planet: Billion Tree Campaign, people, communities, business and industry, civil society organizations and governments are encouraged to enter tree planting pledges online with the objective of planting at least one billion trees worldwide during 2007.


 

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