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."
This story in the NY times today is most certainly one that every American must-read. Climate change is, by far, the most pressing issue we face as global people. This is not a USA problem, or an EU problem or Asia, South American, or African problem. It is a global humanity problem. This article […]Read more "Reflection on the NY Times article: “How Climate Migration Will Reshape America”"
This is a very good article and ties in with what Francis is try to convey to the people on this planet we call home.Read more "“There is no ecology without equality and no equality without ecology” ~ Pope Francis"
“But ask the animals, and they will teach you; the birds of the air and they will tell you; speak to the Earth, and it will teach you; and the fish of the sea will declare to you” (Job 12:7-8). Reflect on Job’s words as you watch the fires out West and see Hurricanes in […]Read more "Ask ourselves, is now the time?"
This is one of the first environmental film you will ever watch that will and should inspire you to take up the cause and champion life-altering solutions for our world. This is a time when we need real change instead of people just overwhelming us with problems and fear and fear of the unknown. […]Read more "Join the worldwide screening of The Need to GROW"
Last week’s column was a reminder that if we care about the Earth and future generations, we need to act now – on the individual and societal levels – to impede climate change. A recent survey from the Yale Program on Climate Change Communications suggests that 40% of the American population is moderately responding […]Read more "40% of the American population is moderately responding to the climate crisis. ~ Julie Peller Ph.D."
Nearly every day, there are reports on the effects of climate change around the world. The unprecedented warming of the earth from human activities (mainly the burning of carbon fuels) has led to distressing changes in nature over the past decades. The most rapid changes have been taking place in the Arctic and surrounding areas, […]Read more "Why are we not mitigating climate change with vigor? by Julie Peller Ph.D"
How important are bees? One third of the food we eat depends upon pollinators – mainly bees – for successful yields of crops, from pumpkins to apples to grapefruit. Worldwide, honey bees and other pollinators help to produce about $170 billion in crops annually. Human dependence on pollinators is a crystal clear example of the connection […]Read more "How important are bees? by Julie Peller Ph.D."
The expansive use of plastics in modern society is due to the many different properties of these materials and their low cost. It is important to keep in mind that plastics are made from fossil fuels, petroleum and natural gas, which took millions of years to form. While just a handful of plastic polymers have been […]Read more "“Save the Fish From Plastic.” By Julie Peller Ph.D"
All plastic materials are resistant to natural decomposition processes; they will exist for hundreds of years or more. This is one of the reasons that plastic waste is a huge pollution problem. This might elicit questions: what has happened to the 8 billion metric tons of plastic that have been produced? Should plastic materials be […]Read more "Thank You Ellison Pratley. By Julie Peller Ph.D"