Tag: environment

  • Coal Ash and the water you drink by Julie Peller Ph.D.

    Coal ash constitutes one of the country’s major industrial waste products, according to the US EPA. Coal is a brownish-black or black sedimentary rock that took millions of years to form. Coal’s carbon and carbon-containing compounds burn well, which has made it a significant source of energy for society. The part of the coal that […]

  • It’s that time of the season. By Julie Peller Ph.D.

    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 […]

  • climate change is at the center of action and contemplation

    For many, climate change is at the center of action and contemplation. If we think of Bangladesh as a window into the future for the world as a whole, we may be able to think of policy change worldwide. Maybe, just maybe ore policy would come forth. In our era today we must come to […]

  • “The world must find ways to decrease the releases of carbon dioxide” ~ Julie Peller Ph.D.

    The world has been dependent on fossil fuels for energy mostly since the industrial revolution of the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Power-driven advances in the steel, electric, and automobile industries defined this era. In 1901, the concentration of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere was 296 parts per million (ppm). In 1800, it was 283 […]

  • Ecotheologian Boff warns of humanity’s “unsustainable” relationship with the planet

    Ecotheologian-Boff talks about autonomous technologies, and again we must realize that we are entering the next revolution of social phase change, the autonomous revolution.  The agricultural and industrial revolutions are now woven into our fabric of society and are history as to how we arrived where we are today. Read the article here: https://novenanews.com/ecotheologian-boff-unsustainable-relationship-earth/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=ecotheologian-boff-unsustainable-relationship-earth The […]

  • “Too many people will never come back.”

    “Too many people will never come back.” Those are the words of a local pastor. No, he was not talking about people leaving for another religion or denomination or leaving the congregation. Because of our experience with Covid-19, many are waiting it out to see how it all turns out after a vaccine works. The virus is […]

  • Nearly half of globally produced fruits and vegetables are wasted. By Julie Peller Ph.D.

    These past months, there have been many heartbreaking aspects of the viral pandemic. An unfortunate part of the pandemic has been the extensive loss of jobs, which has led to food insecurity for many people. Food pantries have been stretched beyond their normal capacity to assist people in need.  According to the Kaiser Family Foundation’s tracking […]

  • Where less is better, where local and sustainable businesses are supported. By Julie Peller Ph.D.

    The ways the natural world serves the human population are sometimes referred to as ecosystem services, led by clean water, air, and soil.  Rain forests and other areas of dense tree growth also provide ecological services and are part of the world’s natural capital.  Trees take in carbon dioxide and provide oxygen, among many other […]

  • Are we really semi- Pelagians and don’t know it?

    Today the 3rd of July in 529 was The Synod of Orange. There was a group Led by the ‘Augustinians‘ of the day, (somewhat forceable group too). After exerting influence, the synod upheld Augustine’s doctrines of grace and free will while condemning the views of Semi-Pelagians, including John Cassian and Faustus of Riez. They believed the human […]

  • “Imagine if we used $18 billion to ensure healthy tap water for all people in the US.” By Julie Peller Ph.D.

    “With joy you shall draw water.” (Isaiah 12:3) How plentiful and accessible is fresh, clean water in this day and age? Are we using water in a sustainable manner, in a way that meets present needs of all people and the needs of future generations?  For sustenance and continuance of life on the earth, fresh, […]