The Tragedy of the Commons


Seminal film on ecology and finite resources.


Draws an illustration from 18th century England, when farmers shared the benefits and responsibilities of a mutual pasture for their animals. Profit motive competed with limited space, and the commons failed. Today the ‘commons’ is the earth itself, man squanders it and belatedly guesses the outcome. Garrat Hardin narrates the destructive and constructive potential outcome of this guesswork. At the time it was made, it had a profound influence on green issues. USA

This film was made in 1973, so the film and sound quality is not to modern standards. This should not diminish its value as a moving historic record.

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