A classroom/laboratory activity to understand tragedy of the commons through case studies and discuss global warming as a tragedy of the commons.
Students will examine past environmental problems to understand the concept of the tragedy of the commons. Then, they will discuss “Earth’s atmosphere” as a commons and “global warming” as a tragedy, and propose economic solutions to solve this tragedy-of-the-commons problem.
Use this tool to help your students find answers to:
- Describe the concept of tragedy of the commons.
- Discuss global warming (caused by climate change) as a tragedy-of-the-commons problem.
- Propose two fiscal policies that could be solutions to the global warming problem.
About the Tool
|Tool Name||Introducing the economic concept of ‘tragedy of the commons’ using global warming|
|Topic(s) in Discipline||Tragedy of the Commons|
|Climate Topic||Climate Change and Economics|
|Type of Tool||Laboratory Activity|
|Developed by||Laura Triplett, Gustavus Adolphus College|
|Hosted at||InTeGrate at Science Education Resource Center at Carleton College|