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As the Smurfs Go, So Goes the Environment

by Staff


Tags: Tragedy of the Commons, smurfs, natural resource, Garrett Hardin,

The Tragedy of the Commons is a theory about how finite resources are affected by the innate competition between a person’s impulse to acquire resources and the societal ambition to preserve the resources for the common good. Ryan Somma explains the theory in the latest issue of The Science Creative Quarterly using the Smurf village as a model for Earth and Smurfs as substitutes for the planet’s finite natural resources.

*Spoiler alert: Using Smurfs to explain this complex theory doesn’t make it any less mindboggling, just more fun.

Morgan Winters