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"
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"
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"
The size of bedroom closets has expanded over the years with the rise in clothing purchases. Worldwide, the demand and manufacture of garments have been increasing and will continue to grow, especially those made from synthetic fabrics. More and more clothing and other fabric-based products will be made from polyester, nylon and other petroleum-based resources, […]Read more "What size is your bedroom closets Julie Peller Ph.D"
The type of air pollution that is most often associated directly with human health ailments such as respiratory illnesses and heart disease is called particulate matter pollution, often abbreviated PM. Since air-borne particulates exist in a wide spectrum of sizes, PM is classified accordingly. The particulate matter known as PM2.5 includes solid and liquid particles […]Read more "We become what we breathe? by Julie Peller PhD"
In my years of research in the field of chemistry, most of my studies have been related to water quality. Clean water and clean air are paramount to life, and I have difficulty understanding why society does not pay more attention to the problems of polluted air and water and freshwater scarcity. Over the past […]Read more "“We are many parts, we are all one body.” by Julie Peller PhD"
Plant-based burgers are becoming more popular, as more restaurants and fast food venues are offering non-meat “burger” options on their menus. According to Business Insider, the plant-based meat options (Beyond Meat, Impossible Foods) are expected to balloon into a 140 billion dollar industry. This food feat took scientists years to attain a recipe for a […]Read more "So where is the beef? BY Julie Peller Ph.D."
Over a relatively short period of time, cell phones and other electronic devices have become common for most people worldwide. Cell phones may contain up to 60 elements, including precious metals gold and silver. Other elements used in cell phones include copper, tin, indium, tantalum, and nickel. The intriguing, longer list of elements may motivate […]Read more "Respect the gifts of nature and work toward a more sustainable world. By Julie Peller PH.D."
An informative report sponsored by the Environmental Policy and Law and Center summarizes the impacts and concerns of climate change on the Great Lakes and surrounding regions. A team of experts on climate change compiled “An Assessment of the Impacts of Climate Change on the Great Lakes.” Part of their conclusions states “Scientific analyses clearly […]Read more "For Great Lakes communities, there are a few clear links of climate change to everyday life: drinking water, fishing, and recreation. ~ Julie Peller Ph.D."