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  • Educator Nicholas Amendolare
  • Director Lisa LaBracio
  • Script Editor Eleanor Nelsen
  • Narrator Addison Anderson
  • Composer Nicolas Martigne
  • Animator Lisa LaBracio
  • Background Artist Tara Sunil Thomas
  • Clean Up Animator Tara Sunil Thomas

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Additional Resources for you to Explore
Interested in trying a demonstration of the Tragedy of the Commons? Try: The Candy Fishing Lab – where students play the role of fishermen, fishing for candy in a shared pond. All the while, you can learn about sustainability, overfishing, and eventually The Tragedy of the Commons. Click here!

Want to read an adapted version of Garret Hardin’s famous article: The Tragedy of the Commons? Click here.

TED Ed also has a lesson on circumstances that can be described as tragedies of the commons. Watch these two lessons on overfishing: Will the ocean ever run out of fish? by Ayana Elizabeth Johnson and Jennifer Jacquet and Understanding overfishing.

To learn more about the hole in the ozone, check out this piece from the Smithsonian: The Ozone Hole Was Super Scary, So What Happened to It?

Also worth taking a look at are these two quick summaries from the National Science Foundation: Tragedy of the Commons Part 1 - Chalk Talk and Tragedy of the Commons Part 2 - Chalk Talk.

For more from the educator of this lesson, Nicholas Amendolare, click here