The Approach to Climate Change: Hamiltonian Response or Jeffersonian Response

analytical Essay
1381 words
1381 words

The approach to climate change has been a topic of debate for as long as the concept of climate change has been around. Some believe that the Hamiltonian response, a focused national response from the government, is necessary in order to get the country to correctly react to the problems the world is currently and will be facing. Others believe that the Jeffersonian response is more appropriate since it means that citizens would be in control of the changes and therefore more willing to make the changes and more likely to accept, follow, and tell others about these changes. However, to truly implement the kind of change necessary to combat climate change, a mixed approach is necessary to not only ensure that a larger portion of people want to follow the changes, but also ensures that the changes are practical and efficient. Any extremes in the matter will result in a large portion of people not taking the matter seriously or only affect a specific group of people. So why is neither response alone the right response and where should the government's control end and the people's begin in order to create the most effective response to climate change?

It is obvious that the community has been the source of some of the most creative and successful practices that have been proven to weather the problems of climate change. Henry Hurage, who is a farmer from Kenya, convinced 300 other farmers to follow practices he had learned in England. The result was that this particular group of farmers were the ones who fared the best when a drought had hit the area. They also became more self-reliant (McKibben, 2011). This is only one of the many examples of "experimental" innovations that communities all over the globe are adopting. However, whil...

... middle of paper ... means that communities are choosing to be more environmentally aware, and therefore the people are more likely to follow these conservation programs.

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In this essay, the author

  • Argues that the hamiltonian response is necessary to get the country to correctly react to the problems the world is currently and will be facing. however, a mixed approach is needed to combat climate change.
  • Explains how henry hurage, a kenyan farmer, convinced 300 other farmers to follow practices he had learned in england. however, the majority of the nation isn't adopting these same or similar practices.
  • Explains that government subsidies have been taking steps to improve the environment, but widespread programs have not been effective. the eighteenth amendment, or prohibition, is an example of this.
  • Opines that the jeffersonian approach is effective, but lacks the versatility and influence to affect and encourage a nation. a hybrid of the two approaches must be made to create the most efficient response.
  • Argues that the government needs to team up with the communities of farmers in order to wean the us agriculture away from its monocultural ways.
  • Argues that the jeffersonian and hamiltonism responses to climate change have crippling disadvantages. community-based projects like csc in new york are examples of how both can be combined to create an effective approach.
  • Cites kegans, m. (2005). mountains of corn and a sea of farm subsidies.
  • Opines that farm subsidies are not giveaways to corporate farmers.
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