Wednesday, October 15, 2008

Blog Action Day 08: People and Plants

Today is Blog Action Day. What is Blog Action Day? From the website: "Today thousands of bloggers will unite to discuss a single issue - poverty." Here's my contribution:

Having read countless eco-themed blogs, I sometimes get the impression that plants are more important than people. They are not.

Now, I don't believe there has to be a choice, but if there is a choice we have an obligation to save the lives of people facing starvation. It's easy to forget that people are starving because most of use never see it, but even in our own cities people live in poverty.
Now I encorage you to do what you can. The Blog Action Day site is using to donate to nonprofits.
I also encorage you to check out LAHSC a nonprofit working with the homeless in LA. I've volenteered for them in the past, and they're providing a much-needed service.


  1. Hi Ben...

    I'm quite proud that I was the first to leave a comment here... :)

    First, I did not hear of this Blog Action Day, and its focus on poverty but I think I have dealt with poverty in some of my posts and I actively support organizations for their welfare.

    Second, I agree with you that human beings are more important than plants and even animals (sorry vegans!). I believe that instead of focusing our energies on compassion for animals, we should focus it on compassion for other people, especially those who are starving.

    Third, I believe that while it is good to always give donations to the poor, an act of kindness done in a personal way goes a long long way...

    Lastly, I invite you to take a look into one of my advocacies for the poor: Gawad Kalinga ( A link is also provided in my site.

  2. I quite agree. One of the things I really like about your blog is the personal concern you show for humanity. Thanks for the link.

  3. HI Ben, I haven't heard about Blog Action Day, but it is nice to know that the issue in focused is poverty. You are right, people are more important than plants, than animals, than space. Sometimes though, with the amount of money put into "scientific curiosity" researches, I am not really into stopping them, I can't help but ask if where are our priorities. I know the goal is supposed to save humanity when we would all be sucked into black hole ( still a theory ) but when is that time coming? Do we know? Yet, at present we are fully aware that poverty exist everywhere, even in this land of honey and milk, which I used to think when I still live in the Philippines that there are no poor people in America, of course, I was wrong. I don't know how we can justify spending billions of dollars on scientific curiosity on black hole, Mars, and also spend billions of dollars on some unjustified war, yet we know there are a lot of people who could hardly move nor lift their hand to feed themselves from hunger.

    I actually support a foundation ( ) in the Philippines which sends poor kids to school who otherwise will end up in farms uneducated, for I believe that education is one way of helping alleviate poverty. Like what the old saying says, " Give a man a fish and you feed him for a day. Teach a man to fish and you feed him for a lifetime."

    God bless.

  4. It is nice to see you bring awareness to these missions in life and people are more important than plants...sometimes we forget the power we have in the written word and how to use that power for the good of all...sometimes it just takes one person to start a movement...