Thursday, June 03, 2010

Save the whales?

Pete Bethune is prepared to go to jail to save whales, but I don’t recall him or anyone else throwing acid at cattle trucks, or trying to occupy abattoirs so cows can’t be killed.

He’d look a bit stupid, wouldn’t he. Hard to get any sort of traction for a “save the cows” campaign.

But what’s the essential difference between marine cattle and land cattle?  Well, one essential difference is that unlike land cattle, the marine cattle aren’t owned by anyone.  Just one simple reason cows aren’t an endangered species. Fact is, says Christopher Costello, a professor of natural resource economics at UC Santa Barbara, as long as you treat the ocean and everything in it like a commons, “then people will treat the ocean like a public bathroom.”

How to save a dying ocean?  Easy. Recognise ownership rights in oceans.

Labels: , ,

2 Comments:

Anonymous Sam said...

Reason TV is great. The analogy of the public toilet vs a hotel toilet to explain the tragedy of the commons is spot on.

6/03/2010 11:39:00 am  
Blogger Comrade MOT said...

I actually think ownership of oceans may be a good idea, but how do you divide it up in the first place? Because everyone would claim the same stuff. If you get past that hurdle fairly your idea certainly has some merit.

6/05/2010 07:52:00 pm  

Post a Comment

Respond with a polite and intelligent comment. (Both will be applauded.)

Say what you mean, and mean what you say. (Do others the courtesy of being honest.)

Please put a name to your comments. (If you're prepared to give voice, then back it up with a name.)

And don't troll. Please. (Contemplate doing something more productive with your time, and ours.)

<< Home