Now that you have finished this section on Managing our Environmental Resources, you should be comfortable:

  • Defining the theory known as the Tragedy of the Commons and describing an example of how a Tragedy of the Commons problem may occur
  • Identifying some of the ways that we have attempted to better manage our resources
  • Defining what is meant by ‘government regulation’ and providing an example
  • Describing the difference between command or control type regulation and incentive regulation
  • Identifying how privatization has been used to manage resources
  • Debating whether we should switch to a third way of community management
  • Debating whether or not we should or should not be allowed to privatize water

Go back and review any of these topics before you move on to the next section on Environmental Justice.




Managing our Environmental Resources: A modern take on the Tragedy of the Commons

Lesson Plan: Fundamentals of Environmental Law
Lesson Plan: Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms
Lesson Plan: Tragedy of the Commons
Lesson Plan: Climate Litigation

Curriculum Connections


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