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The metaphor is most often conjured in the context of environmental protection: The global atmosphere is the “commons.” Owned by no one, used by everyone, and left unregulated it, like the pasture, is doomed to be overexploited and ruined.Hardin’s parable centers around a flock of hypothetical herdsman who, if given access to a communal pasture, will increase their herd size until they collectively degrade the pasture.
I also want to answer the common question, is the community ownership of land, forests and fisheries a guaranteed road to ecological disasters?
“What we are pointing out is that is much more complex than that.” They note that while the birth rate in the United States is at its lowest in 30 years, 51 percent of people here still believe the population is growing too fast. residents emit 16.49 tons per capita in carbon emissions, while in Tanzania, per capita emissions run around 0.22 tons.
Meanwhile, they add, in the places where the population is truly growing rapidly, carbon emissions per capita are minuscule compared to those in the West. While Hardin drew a simple conclusion—that availability of resources drives procreation—Prakash and Hunter also point to a complex web of factors, including social values, cultural norms and local reproductive health policies, that contribute to family planning.
I will also site in detail many authors and commentators of the commons.
My title, “The Tragedy of The Tragedy of The Commons” is absolute and apt as we have already seen the nakedness and baseless argument of Hardin’s “Tragedy of The Commons”.