Wake Up World’s articles on environmental issues and humanity’s relationship with our Mother Earth.

The 2015 UN Summit – Collectivism, Sustainability and the ‘New World Order’

20th August 2015

By Makia Freeman

Contributing Writer for Wake Up World

The 2015 UN Summit will be held in September 2015 in New York. Like any UN Summit, it will be full of UN buzzwords such as ‘consensus’, ‘empowerment’, ‘rule of law’ and ‘sustainability’, all of which have a sinister double meaning — as we will explore here.

The United Nations, founded by the Rockefellers and the CFR (Council on Foreign Relations), has always been, right from its inception, about creating a One World Government. It has achieved this by appearing to be “of the people” when “of the globalists” would be a more apt description. Later this year, it will attempt to adopt the “post-2015 development agenda” which will be a furthering of its Agenda 21 aims, such as grabbing national land under the guise of saving the environment, forcing people off their land into tiny apartments in Smart Cities, global gun control and global internet control (the latest of its power grabbing schemes).

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Creating Harmonious Gardens for Beneficial Insects

By Ansel Oommen

Guest Writer for Wake Up World

Insects and other invertebrates account for over 90% of all living species, building the basis for most ecosystems. In fact, they often dominate their landscapes through both sheer number and volume, providing many key services, either directly or obliquely, as pollinators, recyclers, pest control and as food for a host of animals.

Due to the effects of dramatic changes in climate, habitat loss, and pesticides, insect populations are declining worldwide. Honeybees, for example, have attracted media attention since 2006, with their death tolls linked to neonicotinoids and a lack of supportive flora. The monarch butterfly, whose population once reached 900 million in 1995, now sits precariously at a meager 56.5 million- a 95% drop, placing it within risk of extinction.

Keeping this in mind, the role of the urban gardener is now more important than ever before.

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The Lesson of Cecil The Lion – Trophy Hunting and The Evolution of Consciousness

17th August 2015

By Steve Bromberg (with Michaella Scott)

Guest Writer for Wake Up World

It’s a fact; we humans have it within us to be hunters. Hunting and gathering food is part of our human heritage, and there are still indigenous cultures alive today that survive this way, living from the land in harmonious accord with ancient tradition — ‘the old ways’.

However most of us are no longer living ‘the old ways’. Our humble tribal lives have been thoroughly modernized by the agricultural, commercial and industrial practices of western post-industrial culture. Many of us live in cities, so we don’t have to hunt for our food. Instead we have people producing and transporting our food for us; we simply go and gather it up from corporate food outlets and pay for it as we need it.

During the times of ‘the old ways’, while the men went out and hunted prey, the women and children would gather whatever wild foods and other useful things they could find growing in their area, and take them home to make things and add to the family food supplies.

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How Animal Agriculture is Contributing to Planetary Environmental Collapse

By Carolanne Wright

Contributing Writer for Wake Up World

Chances are, if you’re concerned about the health of the planet, you’ve most likely come across the following facts and figures: On average, vegans save 1100 gallons of water, 45 pounds of grain, 30 square feet of forest and 20 pounds of CO2 equivalent every day. But what you may not realize is that animal “factory” agriculture is responsible for 18% of greenhouse gas emissions, more than the combined total of all worldwide transportation — including cars, trucks, planes, trains and ships. So we can drive our hybrid cars and bicycle to our heart’s content, recycle religiously and conserve electricity like crazy, but if we consume meat, dairy or eggs, we’re still making a major contribution to the world’s environmental crisis.

In relation to the environment, the problem with eating animal products derived from factory farming methods can be broken down into 5 categories: methane created by livestock, deforestation, feed crops, water use, and unsustainable demand for animal products. The documentary Cowspiracy explores each one, with oftentimes surprising results.

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Fracking: Coming Soon to a Neighborhood Near You

By Carolanne Wright

Contributing Writer for Wake Up World

It was so bad sometimes that my daughter would be in the shower in the morning, and she’d have to get out of the shower and lay on the floor” due to the chemicals in the water, remembers Craig Sautner. “My son had sores up and down his legs from the water.” Craig and Julie also experienced frequent headaches and dizziness.

The Saunter family lives in Dimock, a Pennsylvanian city in the U.S. now famous for it’s fracking activity — a technique used by the oil industry to facilitate the flow of petroleum or natural gas by injecting large amounts of toxic liquids deep into the earth.

In March 2008, the Saunter’s were approached by land men from Houston-based Cabot Oil & Gas about leasing the mineral rights to their 3.5 acres of land. They were told neighbors had already signed off on the leases and that their property wouldn’t be impacted whatsoever by the drilling. The Saunter’s signed and received a single payout of $2,500 per acre plus royalties on each producing well. In August 2008 the fracking began.

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EPA Releases Report on Impacts of CSG Mining – You Should Be Fracking Concerned

By Lee “General” Maddox

Guest Writer for Wake Up World

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has just released their assessment of coal-seam gas mining — or “Fracking” — and its impact on water resources. And it’s not pretty.

Massive controversy still surrounds the unconventional gas mining industry. The procedure for extracting natural gas (methane) from the Earth is called hydraulic fracturing otherwise known as Fracking. This entails drilling deep into the Earth, usually below ground water basins, and pumping a huge cocktail of chemicals mixed with sand to break apart sediment formations underground, thus releasing the gas for capture above. It sounds rather innocuous when you say it like that, but the reality is far from it.

The United States EPA recently released its five year long draft assessment entitled “Hydraulic Fracturing Drinking Water Assessment”. The report confirms what activists, whistleblowers, documentary film makers, and residents situated near drilling sites already knew — Fracking is bad news for our health and environement, and while it continues, there’s definite reason for concern.

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Monsanto’s “Roundup Ready” 1,000 Times More Toxic Than Glyphosate Alone

4th August 2015

By Carolanne Wright

Contributing Writer for Wake Up World

“Glyphosate is definitely genotoxic. There is no doubt in my mind.” ~ Professor Christopher Portier, World Health Organization’s International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC)

During a mid-July scientific briefing in London organized by the Soil Association, Professor Christopher Portier reaffirmed the findings of the World Health Organization (WHO); glyphosate is a probable carcinogen that also damages DNA. When both these factors are found within a single chemical, regulators believe there is no safe level of exposure.

Even more disturbing is the data presented by Dr. Robin Mesnage of the Department of Medical and Molecular Genetics at Kings College in London, which shows that “Roundup is 1,000 times more toxic than glyphosate alone.” He said, “Glyphosate is everywhere throughout our food chain – in our food and water. The lack of data on toxicity of glyphosate is not proof of safety and these herbicides cannot be considered safe without proper testing. We know Roundup, the commercial name of glyphosate-based herbicides, contains many other chemicals, which when mixed together are 1,000 times more toxic than glyphosate on its own,” as reported by GMWatch.

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Beware – Our Water is Poisoned!

By Dr. Susan M. Walker

Guest Writer for Wake Up World

Where we stand now in 2015, everyone is drinking or absorbing poisoned water. Not just the usual poisons so many health advocates have spoken of – such as fluoride, chlorine and certain heavy metals that contaminate our drinking water – no, I’m referring here to a poison far more insidious and far reaching in its implications, and unless the water you drink is home filtered by reverse osmosis, or distilled by steam, your water is likely poisoned (along with your food supply) with radioactive waste sources outside of what is considered “naturally occurring” radiation, such as radon (a TENORM).

What is alarming, is the accumulative amount of man-made radioactive waste such as tritium (a by-product of nuclear reactors, identified in municipal water reports as ‘tritiated water’ or HTO) (Biello, 2014, Scientific America). Tritium is linked to cancer, it’s radioactivity is partly water based and can in theory go anywhere in the body. What is even more alarming is that radioactive tritium is only a part of the radioactive poisons in the drinking water, but it is showing up in higher quantities, along with other radioactive isotopes.
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The DARK Act: Monsanto’s Dream Come True, a Waking Nightmare for Clean Food and the Environment

28th July 2015

By Carolanne Wright

Contributing Writer for Wake Up World

In a startling victory for Monsanto, the United States House of Representatives, against enormous public and industry outcry, passed H.R. 1599 — widely known as the “Deny Americans the Right to Know Act” or “The Dark Act.” This decision comes despite the opposition of over 300 farmer, environmental and consumer groups who opposed the bill in a letter to Congress, not to mention disapproval from the National Farmers Union, America’s second largest farming organization. Don’t also forget that 93% of respondents in a 2013 New York Times poll were also supportive of mandatory labeling for genetically engineered food.

And yet, House members decided to push through the “mother of all Monsanto protection acts,” which will invalidate the existing mandatory GMO labeling laws in any state — like the one in Vermont — and preempt any future state and federal GMO bans and labeling laws.

Observes Ronnie Cummins, International Director of the Organic Consumers Association, our so-called representatives have “voted against truth and transparency, against science, against the more than century-old right of states to legislate on matters relating to food safety and labeling. They voted against the 90-percent of Americans who are in favor of mandatory labeling of GMOs. They voted against the producers of non-GMO foods. They voted against you.”

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Navigating the Plastic Jungle – Understanding What’s What PLUS Easy Ways to Adjust Your Plastic Use

By Katrin Geist

Guest Writer for Wake Up World

Ah, the curse of plastics! They surround us on all levels, in all areas of life. They also cause major health and environmental problems. One of my earliest memories is that of Mom tightening and tying up the (plastic) diaper straps around my groin. Not nice when too tight.

Fast forward 40 years: to this day, disposable diapers – while doubtlessly a huge aid to parents everywhere – contribute a mountain of plastic waste that is not easily dealt with. And of course it’s not only diapers. This is but one example of a large problem: introducing exorbitant quantities (245+ million tons of plastic each year — Lithner 2011) of substances to our planet that it has no concept of integrating.

Nature works perfectly in all of her cycles. There is no such thing as waste. Everything is food. Not so in our world. Initiatives like “Cradle to Cradle” and “upcycling” are slowly beginning to change this, however.

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Ocean “Fertilization” – Governments Geoengineering Our Oceans With Industrial Waste

By Dane Wigington

Guest Writer for Wake Up World

Though many have now heard of the ongoing atmospheric chemical spraying known as solar radiation management (SRM) and stratospheric aerosol geoengineering (SAG), most are still not familiar with another form of geoengineering, “ocean fertilization“. Yes, the same global powers behind the ongoing atmospheric spraying insanity have also been “fertilizing” our oceans.

For those that are not familiar with ocean fertilization, the term refers to the intentional widespread distribution of massive amounts of bioavailable iron into our already-polluted seas, in order to encourage the creation of plankton blooms that then absorb and thus sequester CO2 from the atmosphere. Like aerosol geoengineering, ocean fertilization is contributing to the increasing “dead zones” around the globe.

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Don’t Kill the Messenger: Utah Midwife Raises Questions About Fracking and Surge in Stillborn Babies

By Carolanne Wright

Contributing Writer for Wake Up World

With over 20 years experience helping women manage safe and successful home births in Utah and Idaho, U.S., Donna Young was shocked to deliver her first stillborn baby on May 8, 2013. When she attended the baby’s funeral service several days later, she noticed an unusually high number of infant grave sites at the cemetery — all with recent dates. Instead of turning a blind eye and brushing her observation off as an unfortunate coincidence, she decided to investigate.

Young lives in Vernal, Utah — a veritable gold rush of fracking activity. When Young began connecting the dots between fracking and the spike in newborn deaths, those involved with the industry didn’t take kindly to her questions. Continue Reading – Don’t Kill the Messenger: Utah Midwife Raises Questions About Fracking and Surge in Stillborn Babies