Tragedy of the Commons, The

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Tragedy of the Commons, The

  • 1970 ----- color ----- 25 min ----- 16mm
  • Begins with an illustration from eighteenth century England, when farmers shared the benefits--but not the responsibilities--of mutual pasture lands. Profit motive competed with limited space and the commons failed. Today the commons is the earth itself. The mounting pressures of too many people threaten the earth as once too many cows threatened the English commons.
  • Topics: (Ecology, Geography)