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Discussion: Environmental Protection: Public or Private Property

In economics, the tragedy of the commons is the depletion of a shared resource by individuals, acting independently and rationally according to each one’s self-interest, despite their understanding that depleting the common resource is contrary to their long. Defined by Garrett Hardin and published in the journal Science.

Protecting the environment through private property rights: is legislation the best solution?

Environmental issues have high priority in the minds of the public as governments across the globe embrace Green initiatives. But is legislation the right solution? This panel will attempt to answer that question while exploring alternative means of protecting the environment through private property rights.

Panelists: Albert Koehl
Staff Lawyer, Ecojustice
Elizabeth Brubaker
Executive Director, Environmental Probe Research Foundation
Ramani Nadarajah
Counsel, Canadian Environmental Law Association

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