Today is Blog Action Day and I canít help but wonder if blogging and sending out a few emphatic tweets and e-mails is enough to accomplish the monumental task facing the citizens of the world. Right now we are 10 days away from the October 24th International Day of Climate Action, and a mere 52 days before the crucial 2009 United Nations Climate Change Conference in Copenhagen, and I canít help but ask myself, repeatedly, am I, are we, doing enough?

The international Blog Action Day will see people around the world using their web real estate to raise awareness about climate change. Facebook, Twitter, MySpace, and Youtube users and everyone from TMZ. com to the Google Blog will raise their online voices to the global climate change awareness-raising campaign-chorus.

On October 24th, for the Day of Climate Action, there will be rallies, demonstrations, street theatre events, critical mass bike rides and even the odd eco-bake sale, all designed to raise awareness about the importance of taking action on climate change. From Cairo to Quebec City, more than 150 nations will take part.

I will attend the October 24th Day of Climate Action event in my small island community, send out reminders to friends & family members to participate, and I will write (yet another series of firm, but increasingly irritable) letters to Canadian politicians Ė ranging from my MLA to my MP to our disastrous Prime Minister Stephen Harper and remind them of their commitment to representing the wishes of the Canadian people at the United Nations Climate Change Conference in December.

But lately, I canít help but ask myselfó when is it time to take it to the next level? When will politely worded placards and cutesy demonstrations be replaced with Molotov cocktails and a willingness to lay it all on the line for climate change action? I donít think the environmental community is quite there yet, but I sense a growing restlessness in environmentalists and a fatigue, a deep-seated malaise, with the foot-dragging and empty promises of our politicians.

We need action. Now. Not in 10, 20 or 50 years time, but right now. We need meaningful binding agreements at Copenhagen and we need the top polluting countries to get onboard. This means Australia, the United States, Canada, Saudi Arabia, Russia, South Korea, Germany, South Africa, Japan and Great Britain. We, the citizens of these countries, have a moral responsibility to force our politicians to do the right thing for all living beings on the planet.

So today, on this Blog Action Day, I write about my commitment to raise awareness about climate change. On October 24th, the Day of Climate Action, I will wear a paper scuba mask because this is the demonstration planned for our small, low-lying Canadian island (with the tagline - Do you want to swim to work on Salt Spring Island?), but I am thinking about, seriously considering, when am I willing, as my moral responsibility dictates, to replace my paper scuba mask for a gas mask and actually do something meaningful for climate change?

I am becoming increasingly fearful that in 30 years time, when it is simply too late, I will look back and know that I could have done more.

Valerie Williams is a writer living on Salt Spring Island, Canada. She is busily making her paper scuba mask while reading the Anarchist Cookbook Ė just in case.

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