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"
Green Junction The next few Green Junction columns will focus on plastic pollution, which is an extensive, global environmental and public health problem. Each will also offer a college student’s view through poetry, as we need to understand the concerns of the younger generation. My colleagues and I have written and instituted a lab experiment […]Read more "The next few Green Junction columns will focus on plastic pollution by Julie Peller Ph.D"
Green Junction Easter is a joyful celebration for Christian believers. We rejoice in the living Son of God and the promise of life everlasting. Easter also signifies the newness of life in nature. Eggs, often part of the Easter celebration, are an example of new life. Tulips, lilies, and daffodils, the flowers prominently displayed during […]Read more "Take the time to experience the re-birth by Julie PellerPh.D"
Green Junction Over the past several weeks, the pace of human society has dramatically slowed as a result of a natural phenomenon – the spread of a new virus. Technically classified as the SARS-CoV-2 virus, this coronavirus has led to a pandemic, a public health crisis on the international scale. Infectious disease is not new […]Read more "The call from Pope Francis By Julie Peller Ph.D."
Welcome to Green Junction Humans are part of the natural web of life. However, in many ways, we have disconnected from the natural world. When we view nature as just a source of materials for human satisfaction, we sever our relationship with the rest of creation. We are unable to see the damage inflicted on […]Read more "The earth as a place of beauty and inspiration, Julie Peller Ph.D"
I was thinking about the Church in Europe and the US during the 30s,40s,50s, and early ’60s. A church that had a mantra and focuses on restorative justice, social programs, worker rights. We saw such movements that were collectively known as “Catholic Action” and involved more laypeople than a hierarchy to some extent in their […]Read more "What happened to Church Social Movements?"
Green Junction We are living in a time where society constantly encourages us to buy stuff. Commercials on television and online ads bombard us with images that entice us to purchase all kinds of goods, from home improvement items to clothing to toys and gadgets. As a result, giving up non-essential purchases is not an […]Read more "Green Junction” wonderful examples of living in harmony with nature” by Julie Petter Ph.D"
By now, most of us who have been working from home or laid off because of the virus. Our lives have changed. At the same time, we are entering the next major revolution called “Autonomous Revolution.” As humans, we have evolved through the agricultural revolution and then the industrial revolution, which included a massive […]Read more "The difference OF being human in the age of the autonomous revolution"
Green Junction The second suggestion in this season’s Lenten journey for “giving up” stuff/behaviors harmful to nature and one another is to reduce the plastic in our lives. Global plastic production has been doubling about every 11 years, which means we are likely purchasing more plastic materials. In turn, the devastation from plastic waste has […]Read more "“Reduce the plastic in our lives”. by Julie Peller Ph.D"
During the season of Lent, Christians look for ways to deepen their connection to the Creator through repentance and renewal. Many of us have understood this season to be a time to deprive oneself of normal, pleasing habits. We might give up chocolate or coffee or other simple pleasures of life as a way to […]Read more "Give up or eliminate food waste in your life ~ Julie Peller Ph.D."