In this laboratory activity, students learn that the atmosphere of planet Earth can be considered as a “commons” and that it is affected by human activities such as global warming. 

The activity also asks students to consider possible economic drivers as potential solutions for the global warming “tragedy”.

About the Tool

Tool Name Introducing the economic concept of ‘tragedy of the commons’ using global warming
Discipline Economics
Topic(s) in Discipline Tragedy of the Commons
Climate Topic Climate Change and Economics
Type of Tool Laboratory Activity
Grade Level Undergraduate
Location  Global
Language English
Developed by Laura Triplett, Gustavus Adolphus College
Hosted at InTeGrate at Science Education Resource Center at Carleton College
Access Online/Offline
Computer Skills Basic