Tragedy of the Commons: Overpopulation and Resource Demand
Hardin's "Tragedy of the Commons" thesis provides a great example and forewarning of overpopulation and resource demand (Burger & Gochfeld, 1998). Overpopulation is likely the world's chief concern. With this population increase comes the demand on resources. We, as a global society, keep tapping into these resources; resources that may already be close to depletion or no longer function they way they used to. This creates a huge
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have already tackled the issue with a rocky start over the last decade or two. However, it is going to take more perseverance of the federal, state and local governments as well as citizens to produce a concrete outcome.
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