Grass roots movement out of a fiscal mess...giving us HOPE
Based on a conservative estimate, around 60 million Americans lived in poverty in 2009...The severity of the economic crisis we have been living with has only made this number worse since then. On top of this, about 20 million more people were on unemployment benefits and evidently 77% of Americans are now living paycheck to paycheck. The number of Americans on food stamps has more than doubled since 2007.
Out of this mess, out of necessity, many people have stopped, regrouped and reorganized their lives. They have found shelter in their communities. Living hand-to-mouth has fueled a grass roots movement in urban and suburban cities and towns ~ prompting a surge of gardens and farms.
These gardens and farms are more than just an answer to where the next meal comes from, they have restored a desperately needed sense of community spirit and a healthy way of life. Many of the urban farms in large cities like Detroit have been built and maintained with the help of inmate rehabilitation programs, and these cities have actually experienced a corresponding reduction in crime.
green2go applauds this work...it represents the silver lining of this cloud which will one day pass and leave us cleaner, greener, healthier and better off.
Please check out this very interesting & informative short video on what's happening in the abandoned parts of America's 11th largest city. Detroit is one of the 374 'shrinking cities' in our world (59 shrinking cities in the U.S.) Check out what's going on. Be educated...Know what is happening in our own back yard!