Privatizing the Oceans Could End Environmental Destruction

Privatizing the world's oceans would end environmental destruction tragedy of the commons
Indri Schaelicke | @ISchaelicke

The year is 2031. A year has passed since the UN’s deadline to save the earth from irreversible climate change was reached. Oily, sticky, pungent air sits clumped motionless in heavy clouds just 10 feet off the ground. Skyscrapers pierce through the dark heavens and continue on into nothingness. They extend infinitely into black holes of sky, only to be lost by the human eye in a sea of polluted air.

Meanwhile, all sorts of sea life are being harmed by immense islands of garbage floating aimlessly in the oceans. Death tolls of fish, birds, turtles, and sea lion are a daily scene on the news. Garbage disposal companies blatantly dump millions of pounds of trash into the oceans each day, and no one is forced to atone for their environmental sins. This is the tragedy of the commons. How do we solve it? By privatizing the oceans.

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