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Just over twelve months ago we were frantically getting the first set of DFID Bloggers up to speed on using WordPress and the difference between blogging and drafting briefing documents.  We were working hard to make sure they had posts up in time for Blog Action Day.

Blog Action Day is an annual event that unites the world’s bloggers in posting about the same issue on the same day. Our aim is to raise awareness and trigger a global discussion.

Last year it was on poverty and therefore very relevant to DFID’s agenda.  This year – today – the issue is Climate Change.  Again DFID has Climate Change very high on it’s list of priorities.  They are working to help advise the developing world on how to reduce their carbon footprint and supporting it in dealing with the effects of climate change.

So we’ve been working with a group of DFID staff working on Climate Change to get them started this week and to keep them going in the run up to Copenhagen in December and hopefully beyond.

But it isn’t just the Climate Change group that are contributing to Blog Action Day.  Already Sarah Sanyahumbi has posted about late monsoons in Nepal and Neil Squires reflects on how the floods in 2000 that left much of Mozambique underwater make the country understand the need to be prepared better than most.

2 Responses to “Blog Action Day: Climate Change blogging”
  1. Julia says:

    Good to read this Shane – this years Blog Action Day brought back similar memories to me – which I blogged at the weekend http://juliac2.wordpress.com/2009/10/11/blogging-the-personal-side-of-work/ I’m interested to hear reactions from people who have found our bloggers – are we meeting our objectives of injecting a human element into reporting on the work of a government department? Would people like to see more/different stories?

  2. Shane McCracken says:

    It’s been a good year. You’ve got great writers with great stories to tell. As Simon Dickson said they deserve more credit and we should be actively promoting their blogs.

    I like the idea of gathering feedback. Where should people post? Should they just write on their own blog and tag it? What? Where will we aggregate those posts?

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