Climate Change SOS Blogathon - Daily Report for Wednesday August 22nd
What did you do when once you knew? from Awakening the Dreamer
What we @ Daily Kos decided to do is host a Climate SOS Blogathon, to seize the moment, as unprecedented temperatures boil and burn the US and unparalleled drought causes turmoil in our markets. In our home towns. The Summer of 2012 seemed the perfect time for a big action, an action designed to awaken sleeping 'climate zombies,' to exert some pressure on the corporately funded CD machine , an immasculated media, and politicians whose pocketbooks are vastly more valuable then the constituents they have been elected to represent.
We began to invite scientists and economists, and researchers and legislators from around the world to share their areas of expertise, all cognisant of the fact that we have reached the time for mssive action. Little did we realize we had struck a collective nerve, had awakened an army of imaginal cells, all eager to latch onto the opportunity to raise their voices en toto; to showcase their passions and contribute their expertise to the cause; their shoulders collectively pushing back against the huge behemoth.
What they wanted, what all of us participating in this week's action, was to show up and be counted. To bear witness.
We have had hundreds of responses, urged on by the fabulous social media work of partners at tcktcktck, WEDO, CGIAR, 350 and WiserEarth. We've extended our hours of coverage, for, after all, who could we deny an opportunity to speak their truth, to share their wisdom?
So, hold onto your seats and don't say we didn't warn you. The next three days of #CCSOS will see extended coverage, often starting as early as 7 am and continuing into the late hours of the evening. If you are feeling overwhelmed by the sheer quantity (already, we've published 21 posts in 2 days!), be prepared. There is a LOT more to come.
And while, in an ideal world you folks here would have (and find) the time to rec and comment in each and every of these postings, we realize this is nearly impossible. But we encourage YOU to show up. Be counted. Bear witness. Join the conversations at the Climate Change Blogathon group when you have some spare time. They remain open and active.
As Sen. Edward Kennedy said, in his now famous 1980 speech before the Democratic Convention, "... the work goes on, the cause endures, the hope still lives, and the dream shall never die."
And so Good Morning, and welcome to Wednesdays' Plenary.
As we have done in the past two days, this SOS Daily Report previews the day's guests; provides Hot Headlines on climate change news from locales around the world; and invite readers to post their reports on localized effects of climate change. For more information, see Reports of Climate Change From Your Backyard I.
If you are a registered member on Daily Kos, you can also follow all postings by clicking this link for the Climate Change SOS Blogathon Group. Then, click 'Follow' and that will make all postings show up in 'My Stream' of your Daily Kos page.
If you happen to wander over to Mitt Romney's website, try to decipher his policy positions on climate change. But don't look too long; climate change isn't even mentioned once.
The stakes are too high to play politics with our lives. Please sign our petition that asks Mr. Romney two simple questions:
When enough people ask, 350.org will deliver this petition to Romney campaign headquarters to see if he's ready to answer.
Please stay tuned for our follow-up report!
10:37 AM PT: two of our guest diarists have published early. I have updated the template with links to their posts. Please stop by and read and rec when you get the chance Absolutely fabulous material you wont want to miss. And both are online now participating in discussions