Upon the passing of October, we become bombarded with advertisements intended to convince us to buy holiday gifts. The message is the purchases will lead to holiday bliss. Of course, gift-giving is admirable, but to what extent when it is intertwined with consumerism? Older holiday movies offer a view into a modest level of holiday […]Read more "It’s that time of the season. By Julie Peller Ph.D."
Green Junction A more rapid reduction in human dependence on fossil fuels is imperative for lowering carbon dioxide emissions and slowing climate change. An additional noteworthy benefit of using fewer fossil fuels is more occasional spills and leaks of oil and gas. This past July, a Japanese-owned ship, which was carrying 4000 tons of diesel […]Read more "Green Junction by Julie Peller Ph.D. “Fossil Fuels and climate”"
“I grasped the meaning of the greatest secret that human poetry and human thought and belief have to impart: The salvation of man is through love and in love.” ~ Viktor Frankl I did my thesis work on the relationship in Viktor Frankl and Aristotle’s discovery process and how the two arrived at the same understanding […]Read more "Aristotle, Viktor Frankl, and Nicolas Cole."
The necessary societal changes implemented due to the coronavirus pandemic created unique opportunities for scientists who study the atmosphere and air quality. Imagine that your work involves the study of air pollution, and some of the primary pollution emissions were forcibly reduced across an entire country, an experimental scenario you could never create to understand […]Read more "Once the science is understood, we face additional questions By Julie Peller Ph.D."
Justice, Ecology, Social Action, Contemplation, and political action are interwoven as a seamless garment. This is what we call Church. We see this in Thomas Merton, Thomas Keatings, Richard Rohr, and yes, Pope Francis. The Hank Center and the various lectures they present help us understand what is happening at the intersection […]Read more "Justice, Ecology, Social Action, Contemplation and a lecture from Steven Millies"
An area of my research focuses on microplastics, especially as they relate to the contamination of water environments. Synthetic microfibers are a class of microplastics and are the tiny fibrous pieces that make up much of today’s fabrics. The synthetic textiles are used in the manufacture of clothing, carpet, blankets, toys and so much more. […]Read more "Microplastics, and water by Julie Peller Ph.D."
The autumn season is an excellent time of the year for people to connect with nature and realize their full dependency on creation. An understanding of humanity’s reliance on the natural world was necessary for survival in the pre-industrial ages, unlike the present time. Similarly, indigenous people have always been united with nature, knowing they […]Read more "Autumn is a time to connect by Julie Peller Ph.D."
The reality of our changing climate and the need for earthly healing are playing out in full force amid this year’s Season of Creation’s Jubilee theme for the Earth. The enormous devastation caused by wildfires and hurricanes, in addition to other extreme weather events, likely generates feelings of despair instead of a celebratory mood. Current […]Read more "The reality of our changing climate. By Julie Peller Ph.D"
September & October is the Season of Creation, several weeks designated to reflect, honor, and heal the natural world. This global effort, organized and celebrated by faith communities, continues through the fourth day of October, the Feast of St. Francis (the patron saint of animals and the environment). The 2020 theme is Jubilee for the Earth, […]Read more "The Season of Creation By Julie Peller Ph.D."
We tend to view the world solely through the lens of human existence, even though we are dependent upon the natural world. Over the past few decades, substantial global-scale ecosystem changes, influenced by a warming atmosphere, have been taking place. Researchers estimate that over 80% of core ecological processes have been affected by the changing […]Read more "What exactly are these ecosystem changes? By Julie Peller Ph.D."