It ain’t all doom and gloom… Here’s the good news!

Don’t Ask, Just Plant — Taking Back Our Food Sovereignty with Guerrilla Gardening

By Carolanne Wright

Contributing writer for Wake Up World

During both world wars, Victory Gardens were a staple throughout the United States, found everywhere from private residences to public lands and even the front lawns of city hall. Their purpose was simple: to reduce pressure from the public food supply during times of war. Victory Gardens also carried an unexpected perk, they helped boost morale during uncertain times by empowering gardeners through their contribution of labor and production of sorely needed fresh fruits and vegetables. Incredibly, these seemingly humble vegetable patches produced a staggering 41% of all fruits and vegetables consumed by the nation.

Jump to the present day and our system of food production would be all but unrecognizable to Victory Garden veterans. Instead of food self-sufficiency, we have homeowners persecuted for growing produce on their own property and children who think food comes packaged from the supermarket. Small farms are going bankrupt and being assimilated into industrial corporate farming operations. And when individuals push back against the hijacking of our food supply, they are met with fierce opposition, often stemming from local government.

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The Zero-Waste Revolution: A New Wave of Eco-Conscious Living

By Carolanne Wright

Contributing Writer for Wake Up World

1.3 billion tonnes of food is wasted worldwide each year. It’s time to change our habits.

Zero-waste is the latest trend among eco-friendly and sustainable-living circles — and it’s taking the world by storm. From legislation in France forbidding supermarkets from throwing away unsold food to completely waste-free stores, as well as a restaurant owner who installed a fridge laden with uneaten food on the street to feed the needy, concerned individuals are taking a hard look at our oftentimes excessive and wasteful habits, and finding creative and innovative ways to close the loop.

“Tree of Goodness” in Southern India

Minu Pauline owns Pappadavada restaurant in Kochi, southern India. The 28-year-old proprietor was upset that her establishment was throwing away food each day when many within the community were going hungry. Then inspiration struck after watching a woman digging through the restaurant’s rubbish bags for food late one night…

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The Amazingly Simple and Cost-Effective Way to End Homelessness — for Good

By Carolanne Wright

Contributing Writer for Wake Up World

During a balmy 60ºF December morning, Rene Zepeda is driving a Volunteers of America minivan through Salt Lake City, Utah, looking for the homeless who may be camping by the railroad tracks or over by the river, sometimes in the foothills. Cold weather is on its way, so the van is packed with sleeping bags, thermal clothing, coats, sock, boots, hats, protein bars, nutrition drinks and canned goods. According to Rene, once the day is finished, everything will be gone. “I want to get them into homes,” he says. “I tell them, ‘I’m working for you. I want to get you out of the homeless situation.’”

Rene works for a program called Housing First. It has decreased the number of homeless by an extraordinary 72% — mainly by providing permanent free housing. Critics bemoan the expense, but once the numbers were thoroughly crunched, it was discovered the program actually costs the state far less than if people were left on the street. Moreover, in a nation where a large proportion of the homeless population are military veterans, adopting such a program is not only a social or financial imperative but a moral one.

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Openhearted Rebellion: The Foundation of Spiritual Revolution

By Wes Annac

Guest Writer for Wake Up World

A New Kind of Revolution

A new kind of revolution is sweeping the world, and it’s driven by compassion and a sense of responsibility for leaving the planet in a better condition for future generations. It’s a revolution of love; a social/spiritual revolution we can all contribute to, and the best way to contribute is to do what you love.

This revolution is rooted in the understanding that changing the world starts with changing yourself and being there for those who need you, and in my opinion, holding the people in power accountable for their lies and deceptions is also an important part of it. But this kind of movement doesn’t require bloodshed. In fact, it does the opposite by bringing awareness to the atrocities committed in the name of war and the importance of moving in a different direction.

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Survival of the Kindest: Evidence Humankind is Evolving to Become More Compassionate

By Paul Lenda

Guest Writer for Wake Up World

In recent history it has been commonly thought that human beings are hardwired to be instinctively selfish. This perception of reality made for way for the Western “every man for himself” concept and idea that we are individualistic at the core of our nature. However, many studies conducted over the past several years are demonstrating that this idea is not accurately portraying the underlying nature of human beings.

There is mounting evidence that the human race is evolving towards becoming more compassionate and collaborative since our survival counts on these things. In fact, the reasons given by a growing group of psychologists as to why we humans are as successful at surviving and thriving as we are, is because of our nurturing, altruistic, and compassionate traits. With the understanding of the concept of oneness and the interconnected nature of all aspects in Reality, it is realized that this revolutionary perception on evolution makes sense. By being kind to another, we benefit not only that other individual by elevating their positive emotions, but also benefit ourselves by elevating our own.

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Conscious Death, Sacred Service and Green Burial – Leaving a Legacy of Meaning and Conservation

By Carolanne Wright

Contributing Writer for Wake Up World

We’ve all been touched by death in one form or another — whether through a beloved animal, the rhythm of nature or someone close and dear to us. Autumn in the northern hemisphere is the quintessential time of death and decay, as the abundant growth and life of summer quickly fades away to barren trees and fallow fields. It is considered the season of sorrow and grief in Traditional Chinese Medicine.

As commonplace as the cycle of life and death is, those in the West tend to have an aversion to the reality of this most natural of transitions. We try our best to evade the aging process and glorify youth — while ignoring the elderly and dying. Many times, we are completely numb to our emotional terrain or become overwhelmed when faced with death. But an organization in the United States is on a heart-centered quest to change the way we relate to death and return a sense of sacredness to the process.

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Rooftop Gardening – The World Is Finally Growing Up!

By Carmen Allgood

Contributing Writer for Wake Up World

In the last five years a super-phenomenon has been rising from the mists as urban sprawl decays around the globe. In the midst of a sea of concrete and tar, a mirage of living, breathing architecture is forming before our very eyes, taking shape and emerging as an Oasis.

No longer just a place to escape from the maddening crowds and stress of inner city life, the hit song “Up On The Roof” takes on a fresh new meaning as we — the citizens of our collective home — strive to tidy up the planet and green up our world. Our survival as a species just might depend on this action.

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Superfood Kitchen: How to Take Your Health to the Next Level (Includes Non-Dairy Acai Berry Cheesecake Recipe!)

By Carolanne Wright

Contributing Writer for Wake Up World

You eat an organic diet, exercise, drink plenty of water and get sufficient rest. But is it enough?

In our daily grind, we try to keep it healthy and real by watching what we eat, minimizing processed food, staying active and going to bed at a decent hour. Although it’s a good start for maintaining general well-being, if we really want to thrive and lead a vibrant life — we need extra help.

This is where superfoods come into play.

Dynamic and Nourishing

Julie Morris is a master of taking exceptionally nutrient-dense food and creating magic in the kitchen. As a bestselling author and natural foods chef, she’s put together a number of cookbooks, including Superfood Kitchen: Cooking With Nature’s Most Amazing Foods. Gorgeously photographed with stunning recipes, Julie has shattered the myth of bland health food. Carrot & Yacon Soup with Gojis, Butter Lettuce Salad with Creamy Sea Buckthorn Dressing, Black Bean—Hemp Protein Patties and Lucuma Ice Cream Cupcakes are just a few examples of Julie’s creativity in action.

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Music Is Love

By Carmen Allgood

Contributing Writer for Wake Up World

Where Have All the Flowers Gone?

In 1967 we saw “The Summer of Love” gathering speed, setting the stage in San Francisco for a radical change that no one could have predicted. Well, maybe Nostradamus and Edgar Cayce saw it coming.

By the time we got to Woodstock, we were half a million strong. And right now the Baby Boomers are a bit shell-shocked that “The Woodstock Music and Art Fair: An Aquarian Exposition,” was a big, gigantic surprise 46 years ago.

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Urban Homesteads and Communal Farms: How To Turn Dirt Into Gold

By Carmen Allgood

Contributing Writer for Wake Up World

When Tiny is Huge: How a Family Produces 6,000 Pounds of Food in Their Back Yard

Just 30 minutes north of Los Angeles in the burbs of Pasadena, California, is a burgeoning tiny farm tucked snugly between three major freeways. For the last decade, the Dervaes family has proven the impossible dream can come true and happily shares the trials and tribulations of their Urban Homestead with the world. Using Laura Ingalls Wilders’ autobiographical Little House children’s stories as a sweet-dream lifestyle, their chosen model for sustainable self-sufficiency is now dubbed: Little Homestead in the City.

The family of four raises more than 350 varieties of fruit, veggies, herbs, and berries on 1/10 of an acre, which translates to a 66′ x 66′ garden space. The tiny farm is also abuzz with bees making honey, while chickens and ducks lay eggs and lend their considerable skills to insect control. Other animals share the farm but are safe since the family has a vegetarian palette.

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How I Got Healthy and Free Of Cancer – WITHOUT Big Pharma!

By Dr. Susan Walker

Guest Writer for Wake Up World

Dr. Susan Walker reveals how she naturally healed herself from stage-4 lung cancer, without conventional medical or pharmaceutical interventions.

When I was working on my doctorate between 2000-2008 in North Carolina, my plate was full. I was a single mom, grant evaluator/analyst for school initiatives that required accountability documentation, and advocate for my autistic son, who suffered from Asperger’s Syndrome. He was violent and more than a handful, so at the time, my stress levels were off the chart. I lived in a large country rock home built on the side of a mountain. The house was moldy and damp smelling, but the view out the bay windows was priceless.

Soon after working on my doctorate my Aunt Gladys got sick from a dangerous bacterial infection she contracted after an abdominal operation. Another of my aunts, Aunt Fran, was taking care of her, going back and forth daily between Destin where she lived, and Pensacola, Florida where my Aunt Gladys was hospitalized.

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The Remedy: Take Love Seriously

By Carmen Allgood

Contributing Writer for Wake Up World

As individuals we may not yet be aware of our calling or purpose, or even recognize that we have something to accomplish while we are here. But we can rest assured that all of us share the same purpose. Our function is to bring peace to the world. To accomplish this we need to release ourselves from conflict and unify our thought system.

Some might think: “Easier said than done,” but nothing is more difficult than attempting to maintain two diametrically opposed thought systems while striving for peace and happiness.

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