This series features writing from inmates at the El Paso County Criminal Justice Center. 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 CC’s 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 opinions expressed do not necessarily reflect those of the EPCSO or the Prison Project.
Climate change is a topic that has been hotly debated. Both its very existence along with its possible consequences. Scientifically, climate change has been proven by looking at overall weather changes that have taken place during the past century, roughly. The effects of industrialization around the world, increased automobile usage, etc. have been extensively studied. These effects have been brought into the public light in various ways. Along with this public attention has arisen an outcry to many factions and governments worldwide to combat the negative effects. Governments in particular have a rather large portion of influence regarding certain aspects. There is a possibility of reducing a major environmental impact by reducing automobile emissions through a shift towards more environment-friendly options. Governments have the ability to give incentives, in one form or another, for making these changes. Climate change cannot be reversed. The more likely influence would be to reduce future impact. The more population increase results in a significant uptake in both material consumption and in ongoing use. The first step in fixing a problem is recognizing that there is a problem. Governments which influence populations have proportionately more control over the ongoing care of our planet. Many people wonder if governments should even attempt to influence climate change. I feel that it is actually the government’s very responsibility to actively work toward reducing our human impact going forward. With over seven billion people in our world it falls to the governments of countries to work toward both eliminating the issue of climate change and inspiring their respective populations to reduce future impact. The governments can spread knowledge along with leading the efforts to actively reduce the changes that we as residents of our planet inflict. Pollution control is one example that governments can directly influence. Pollution has a direct effect on climate change; thus, affecting one also affects the other. Consumption is also a major contributing factor and governments lead the world in how much of the world’s non-renewable resources we consume. The entire world needs to cooperate in order to truly impact the world. One of the biggest issues we face as a society is that we are fractured. To truly make any worldwide impact, we would need a majority of the world to make a concerted effort. It is the responsibility of the world’s governments to lead us in the best direction, or at least along the path. If the many governments make a shift towards these goals, then it would show marked change as a result. Unfortunately, our current society seems to be too focused on here and now, as opposed to the future. Too much of our world currently does not take the proper steps toward co-existence, both with each other and our world. It would take a rather expansive change in world mentality to really make the necessary changes, but I have hope that we can work together for the good of all.