Another Earth Day has come and gone. On Daily Kos, yesterday was marked by a surge in environmental diaries. Out of a desire to organize diarists (see: cat herding) and provide more visibility for their work, the Earth Day @ DKos Blogathon was born.
Overall, I'd say that it was a pretty big success. Even though the Mothership diary did not have a lengthy stay on the Rec List - perhaps a few seconds - we still had a substantial amount of traffic.
With apologies to jotter, here are the totals for all Earth Day @ DKos diaries:
Join me beneath the fold for the final Earth Day Diary Table™, gratuitous wildflower photos, and more!
Also, don't forget to check out these eco-series:
(All times Eastern!)
EcoJustice Mondays @ 10PM ECSTASY Sundays @ 1PM Wednesdays @ 10PM Foraging Diaries by wide eyed lib Sundays @ 4PM DK GreenRoots Sundays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays @ 9PM Climate Change News Roundup Sundays @ 10PM This Week in Climate Change Wednesdays @ 4PM Alternative Energy Round-Up Mondays and Thursdays @ 6PM Macca's Meatless Mondays Mondays @ 6PM Green Diary Rescue TBD
Rec-listed diaries were:
"E Antarctic Ice Unstable, 200ft Sea Level Rise Possible - DK Greenroots" by FishOutofWater
"A day like any other..." by A Siegel
"He Has a Confession To Make" by eugene
Rescued diaries were:
""Re-Greening" the Sahel Through Farmer-Managed Natural Regeneration" by BorderJumpers
"Remembering Stewart Udall ~ Earth Day 2010" by solilokwee
"Earth Day 1970: that was then, this is now. A photo montage & notes of hope and despair." by Earthfire
"Earth Day: Profiling Coal's Eco Heroes" by Bruce Niles
"Earth Day Enlightenment" by rserven
Huge props to:
all of the wonderful diarists,
all of the Kossacks that alerted me to diaries (particularly Regina in a Sears Kit House),
the Greenroots members who encouraged this effort (boatsie, PDNC, A Siegel, Ellinorianne, WarrenS, RLMiller, and I'm sure I'm forgetting some more), and
everyone who read and rec'd the diaries!
I am of the opinion that climate change, ocean acidification, biodiversity loss, and other environmental problems are some of the greatest threats to civilization as we know it. The environmental movement has come a long way since the first Earth Day, 40 years ago, but we still have a long way to go. Websites like Daily Kos are going to be crucial to the movement going into the future, as they provide a great way to directly inform other activists about our cause.
I learned a few things while managing this blogathon. I think that there is a lot of support for the eco-movement here on Daily Kos, and that it just needs a little bit of organization to flourish. There have been many good ideas floating around the community to address this. I think, however, sometimes you just have to show that you are dedicated to a project by working hard on it, and if it works, others will latch on and help out.
Also, I have a feeling that if more diarists would simply advertise what they are going to post at least a few hours in advance, we would see more of our diaries on the rec list.
I hope everyone involved enjoyed this little project as much as I did. And now, as promised, gratuitous wildflower pictures: