Using Private Property as an Incentive to Conserve Resources


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What is the basic idea behind the tragedy of the commons?

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1. In what major industry has the idea of the tragedy of the commons been carried out, as commonly used areas are depleted but private properties are treated in a more sustainable way?

2. If private property rights are respected by all, how can this be used to curb pollution?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

There are some who believe that maintaining property as private can have a positive impact on conservation. Questions in this quiz will gauge your understanding of how private property can be used to promote the conservation of natural resources and endangered species.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

These assessments will test you on:

  • 'The Tragedy of the Commons'
  • Industries involved in plundering resources
  • Private property rights and pollution
  • Impact of the government taking control of private land
  • Renewable resources utilized by private property

Skills Practiced

This quiz and printable worksheet affords you the opportunity to practice the following skills:

  • Interpreting information - verify that you can read information regarding private property as an incentive for conservation and interpret it correctly
  • Information recall - access the knowledge you've gained regarding 'The Tragedy of Commons'
  • Distinguishing differences - compare and contrast topics from the lesson, such as private property and communal use of land

Additional Learning

To learn more about conservation, review the lesson connected to this quiz called Using Private Property as an Incentive to Conserve Resources. The lesson covers:

  • The definition of private property
  • Garrett Hardin's essay
  • Resource sustainability
  • Legal rights of property owners
  • How the economy can affect conservation