AP- Tragedy of the Commons
1) If resources are finite, and you as an individual or a member of a society use(s) a disproportionate amount of resources compared to someone else, would you be willing to give up some of your resources to support a larger population on the whole even if your standard of living might decline? Why or why not?
2) Is maximizing the population of humans something that you think the human race should strive to do? Why or why not?
3) Which do think is more important, your individual freedoms or the common environmental good? Explain your response.
4) How does Hardin’s example of the herdsman and his mathematics justification (nearly +1 and fraction of -1) embody the tragedy of the commons?
5) Do you think access to common areas such as national parks (owned collectively by all citizens) should be open to everyone, all the time? Would your opinion change if the influence of the “crowd” actually diminished the parks natural resources or aesthetic value?
6) How does someone throwing their cigarette butt out of the car window demonstrate the tragedy of the commons in terms of pollution?
7) Agree or disagree with the following statement, “the necessity to abandon the freedom to breed” is required to maintain a high quality of life? Explain your response.
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