Every year, we welcome Blog Action Day, a free annual event that has become a tradition since its inception in 2007. The purpose of this celebrated day of free, collaborative expression is to unite the world’s bloggers around a single topic.
All bloggers post on the same day about the issues that concern our readership the most. Inevitably raising awareness, it has also triggered a positive global discussion about those issues that impact us all.
In the past, the event has succeeded in focusing international attention on the following:
• In 2007, the topic was the Environment, and we were astounded to see bloggers running environmental experiments, detailing innovative ideas on creating sustainable practices, and focusing their audience’s attention on organizations and companies promoting green agendas.
• In 2008, we covered Poverty, focusing the blogging community’s energies around the discussion of its myriad issues and identifying innovative and unexpected solutions.
• In 2009, the discussion centered around Climate Change and brought voices from around the globe to discuss an issue that threatens us all, as well as mobilizing tens of thousands of people to get more involved in the movement for a more sustainable future.
• In 2010, the topic was Water, and thousands of bloggers eagerly responded to shed light on this often-overlooked topic and to raise money for water related charities.
• In 2011, our efforts coincided with the World Food Day, focusing on the many issues related to Food, such as health, hunger, quality, culture, farming, access and waste.
• In 2012 we focused on the Power of We, encouraging people to explore the potential of joint societal action to improve the world.
• In 2013, we targeted the incredibly powerful topic of Human Rights . Bloggers from a record number of countries (130) posted, including info graphics, videos, podcasts and photography to explore what Human Rights means to them and take part in discussions with our partners such as Amnesty International.
This year’s topic which generated the most interest from readerships is Inequality. EyeCare20/20 is working with Oxfam this year and we encourage you to go their web, post comments, and donate if you’d like to participate in their effort to end inequality.
We’ve talked about how income levels can affect the very medical care a visually impaired or blind person can receive, but we haven’t addressed the more general inequities of an unequal system. We most often think of income disparity and there is no doubt that the shrinking percentage of those who own an increasing amount of the world’s resources is alarming.
A recent best seller by Thomas Piketty illuminated what the International Monetary Fund (IMF) and the World Economic Forum lamented the “extremes of global inequality and its negative impacts on everything from human rights to economic growth”.
The future of international peace and economic growth is dependent upon the world’s ability to see one another as equals. Only then can every citizen of the world reach their full potential, receive the respect they deserve, and contribute. It is plainly and simply a waste of the planet’s natural resources to discount the talents and intelligence of billions of people.
Inequality covers a broad spectrum of disadvantaged folks – among them, the poor, the old, women, racial and religious minorities, and children. What a shame to think that most will not fulfill their dreams within a lifetime.