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Interactive video lesson plan for: BLOSSOMS - Tragedy on the Commons

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This lesson introduces students to the "Tragedy of the Commons," an extended metaphor for problems of shared environmental or man-made resources that are overused and eventually depleted. In this metaphor, shared resources are compared to a common grazing pasture, or "commons," on which any dairy farmer can graze as many cows as he/she wishes. If too many cows are added to the commons, they will overeat the grass in the pasture, and the shared resource will become depleted -- a disadvantage to everyone.

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