Incarcerated Writers Series: Earth’s Reflections

This series features writing from inmates at the El Paso County Jail. The articles stem from weekly programming facilitated by the Colorado College Prison Project. Through contact between the CC community and Colorado Springs, this series aims to simultaneously broaden the CC perception of incarceration issues and provide a platform for incarcerated writers. The El Paso County Sheriff’s Office requires approval of written material prior to publication and the removal of authors’ last names.



The world’s oceans have been soaking up excess heat due to ice caps melting, suggesting that Earth could be set to warm even faster than predicted in the years ahead. 

Ice caps, which are white, reflect the sun’s rays. Water, which is blue, takes in the rays of the sun. For example, if you wear a white shirt in the sun, it reflects the sun’s rays and you stay cool. So with that, the oceans are holding 60 percent more heat each year due to the ice caps melting. Our ice caps are melting not just by water but by us. 

We thought that we got away with not a lot of warming in both the ocean and the atmosphere for the amount of carbon dioxide that was emitted, but we were wrong — the planet warmed more than we could imagine. This was due to us not looking at what was hiding within the equation, the world’s emissions of carbon dioxide. Carbon, being an impure state of man-made charcoal, and dioxide containing two atoms of oxygen, each of which is bonded directly to an atom of a second element as nitrogen dioxide (NO2). These two words put together become “global warming.” 

This is why we can’t let the Trump Administration roll back on the regulations aimed at reducing carbon emissions from all the resources we make, including cars, coal plants, and other products. I once watched a movie of a boy who had to do a school project. He had to do one good thing for someone and tell that person to do the same thing. That movie was called “Pay-it-Forward.” Why can’t we do the same thing. by telling a friend to pick up trash while hiking and they do the same, and telling family factory owners to do a good thing by filtering the carbon that comes out of a smoke stack, or telling family miners to look into filtering the water that we are dumping back into our rivers and streams from drilling. Have the emissions of your car checked out, even if there is not a law enforcing such precautions. Filtering is cheap. The hardest part is changing the filters out to keep our world’s emissions down in our atmosphere. This will help mitigate global warming and keep ice caps from melting. 

Every time you’re in your car and you look in the rear-view mirror and see the little picture behind you; that will mean the big picture of what we are doing to this planet is right in front of us, out the window of this car we drive. Help with global warming — pay it forward.  

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