The Tragedy of the Commons | Study Guide

Garrett Hardin

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The body copy still has the example blurb. Garrett Hardin reedom to breed will bring ruin to all. Sources: Encyclopaedia Britannica, New York Times, University of California, Santa Barbara Copyright © 2018 Course Hero, Inc. SocialDarwinism Adherents think it’s natural for the “weakest” people to die out. Malthus’s Theory of Population Growth Malthus believed overpopulation would cause widespread famine. World Population Growth The population growth rate peaked in the 1960s, causing alarm. Context Peak worldwide population growth rate in 1962, the highest in human history 2.1% 1962 Year the United States Food and Drug Administration approved the first birth control pills 1960 WEEK 1 WEEK 2 WEEK 3 WEEK 4 SUN MON TUE WED THU FRI SAT 11.2B Projected world population by 2100—a 5.1B increase over one century Year Hardin and his wife committed suicide in their home, only 11 days after their 62nd anniversary 2003 The Tragedy of the Commonsby the Numbers Hardin was a writer and biology professor at the University of California known for his highly controversial papers on overpopulation. In his work, he supported contraception and abortion as methods for reducing the population and argued that immigration and foreign aid encouraged overpopulation. GARRETT HARDIN1915–2003 Author Societies must limit family size to ease the strain on resources. Hardin’s Solution People deplete limited resources when they have complete freedom to use them. The Tragedy of the Commons Unchecked population growth leads to strain on shared resources. DiminishingResources Hardin presents a 19th-century cautionary tale, “the tragedy of the commons,” to show how overpopulation and greed could devour the world’s resources. He stresses the urgency of curbing population growth and suggests how it can be done. Overpopulation & Greed MAIN IDEAS English Original Language 1968 Year Published Garrett Hardin Author The Tragedy of the Commons Political Science Primary Source

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