Tragedy of the Commons

Jørgen Nørgaard (Invited author)

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The tittle refers to an article from 1968 by Garrett Hardin, using the metaphore of the common grazing land in villages in old time. These 'Commons' were for free use for people in the commounity to have some sheep grazing. This system was based on a certain social solidarity and ethic. With an individualistic and selfish attitude this would collaps, since each single citizen could benefit from putting more sheep on the common, which would eventually collapse by overgrazing. The metaphore is applied to our common planet, and our ability to built up institutions, economics and ethics, geared for sharing the plant's resources.
Original languageEnglish
Publication date2009
Publication statusPublished - 2009
EventLocal and Regional Sustainability Workshop - Syddansk Universitet, Odense, Denmark
Duration: 1 Jan 2009 → …


ConferenceLocal and Regional Sustainability Workshop
CitySyddansk Universitet, Odense, Denmark
Period01/01/2009 → …

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The slides are made for supporting an oral presentation and might not all be independtly obvious


  • Commons, Sustainability, Limits to Growth,


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