College of the Canyons The Tragedy of the Commons Questions Assignment

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Read this passage and answer the questions based on the reading.

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1. Please summarize the article and what Hardin is arguing. Be sure to also talk about what is a "commons" or common property resource.

2. What is the reason why Hardin calls open and free access to common property resources ("The Commons") tragic?

3. What are some examples of the commons or common property resources?

4. Do you think Hardin's solution to the world's population problem is realistic? Why or why not?

5. Is Hardin's argument still valid nearly 50 years after this article was written? Why or why not?

6. Think of an environmental situation that you have knowledge of or have been witness to that can be considered to be a tragedy of the commons? Please describe.

7. Discuss how climate change fits the Tragedy of the Commons Model.

8. Can you draw any other connections between what Hardin talks about in his paper and what you have learned in this class? Please describe.

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The Tragedy Of The Commons
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In his essay, “The tragedy of the commons”, Garrett Hardin argues that over population is
exhausting the earth’s resources. He warns that if no counter measures are taken, the human
species is doomed to misery. His analogy echoes Thomas Robert Malthus who in 1798 suggested
the population growth outweighs food production, which will culminate in widespread
starvation. Since Malthus observation, there are many arguments that have sprout to challenge
his idea. Although there are several parts of the world which have experienced famine, Malthus
debunkers argue that technology has hindered and can continue to block famine by advancing
agricultural techniques.
Garrett opposes such faith in technology. The tragedy of commons opens with an image
of two super po...

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