September 29, 2010

Blog Action Day is coming up

This year’s Blog Action Day – on 15 October – focuses on water.

The Murray Darling Basin is in crisis. Photo by Robert Cianflone.

There aren’t as many issues that are as important as water. Over a billion people don’t have access to clean, safe drinking water. The health of our water systems are essential to human civilization – our coasts, rivers and lakes provide food, drinking water, and spur our economy through tourism and extracting natural resources. Our access to water has security implications: as arid areas face droughts the number of conflicts increase – the so-called “water wars”. Over all of this is the danger of climate change.

I’ve written quite a bit about one of the most important river systems in Australia – the Murray Darling Basin – a system that is dying. Over a million people in Australia live in the Murray Darling Basin, and it provides most of our food. It is under enormous threat from the effects of climate change – and after a decade of drought, the state I live in, Victoria, became a net importer of food for the first time in its history in 2009.

Blog Action Day was founded in 2007 by Melbourne-based internet entrepreneur group Envato – and has now grown enormously. Last year’s BAD looked at climate change – and I wrote a post about what unions could do about tackling climate change.

I’m a fan of Blog Action Day – and I hope to see lots of blogs I regularly read participating. Blog Action Day is, above all, about provoking discussion, raising important issues and changing discussions.


  1. Peter Curtis - October 1, 2010 at 6:20 PM -

    What exactly is the UN doing to bring water to so many peple. I am reminded of KRudds recent reflection on his own chastisement and reiterating it by accusing the UN as lotsa talk and no action. Peter Curtis

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