Guest essay by Eric Worrall
h/t Willie Soon – anyone else worried about where this government funded programme could lead?
These inmates are learning about climate change
It can help prisoners feel connected to something larger than themselves.
In 2017, nearly a hundred inmates at the Stafford Creek Corrections Center in Washington state learned about climate change threats and disaster resilience.
Bush: “We feel that incarcerated people have been overlooked as participants in the environmental movement. We need to engage all people.”
Kelli Bush of Evergreen State College codirects the Sustainability in Prisons Project. The initiative runs environmental education programs at Washington’s 12 state prisons.
From the Sustainability in Prisons website;
… Mission: We empower sustainable change by bringing nature, science, and environmental education into prisons.
In response to the dual crises of ecological degradation and mass incarceration, we aim to reduce recidivism while improving human well-being and ecosystem health. SPP brings together incarcerated individuals, scientists, corrections staff, students, and program partners to promote education, conserve biodiversity, practice sustainability, and help build healthy communities. Together, we reduce the environmental, economic, and human costs of prisons. …
Gee, what could go wrong with indoctrinating a bunch of violent psychopaths with ideas that the world is about to end, nobody is listening, overpopulation is part of the problem, you are less likely to get into trouble for committing crimes if you are a climate zealot, and that everyone has to do their bit to help save the world?