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Global Commons

Resource domains that lie out of the political reach of one nation
Belong to everyone

2

Name the 4 Global Commons

High Seas
Antarctica
Atmosphere
Space

3

Legislation protecting the High Seas

UN Convention on the Law of the Sea

4

Legislation protecting Space

1979 Moon Treaty

5

Legislation protecting Antarctica

Antarctic Treaty Systems

6

Legislation protecting the Atmosphere

UN Framework Convention on Climate Change

7

Principle of Common Heritage

Resources are for use and benefit of everyone
Future generations taken into account
Developing nations taken into account
Need to be protected to avoid environmental damage

8

Why are the global commons at risk?

Scientific and technological advances mean we can access them
Scarcity of resources makes it economically viable to exploit them

9

Tragedy of the Commons

Conflict for the resources between individual interests and the common good

10

What issues did Hardin's work raise?

Individuals act for their own self interest
Overexploited to increase individual gain
Damage done for everyone

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What is needed for the commons to be protected?

Strict, enforced legislation
Global cooperation