Monday, February 27, 2006

Open Access Oceans

J.S. at Environmental Economics:
"The economist in me will continue to advocate for better management policies and incentive schemes to protect the ocean, because this is the sensible thing to do. But another part of me realizes that sometimes freedom means the conscious choice not to engage in certain acts, or indulge certain desires. This part of me will continue to use moral persuasion and reason to advocate that everyone give up eating fish and seafood from commercial sources (or even completely).

At the end of the day, regulation and public policy can only go so far (and should only go so far in free societies), leaving it up to us to take the final, perhaps most difficult, steps to protect the environment and the non-human world. Ultimately, only our individual choices, guided by our consciences, will lead us to a more expansive moral sphere where the non-human world is treated with greater respect and empathy. And the sooner we take a hard look and examine the chain of events behind the products we buy, the sooner we can end some of the most egregious forms of environmental destruction. There is no better place to start than with that fish fillet sitting in the grocery store case."

This is an interesting commentary that may seem more relevant to the 2nd course (Econ 430). But, perhaps, the discussion of policies concerning open the access ocean has some relevance to the policy issues concerning global warming. What are some of the ideas you think might cross over to global warming policy issues?

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