As we approach the end of the term, among other things I'm considering how everyone is grasping the big picture.
One central theme throughout the course is that while sustainable resource use is best for society, most decisions regarding use are made at the individual level. Often, when it comes to the environment, what is best for the individual is not what is best for society as a whole. Result: over-use.
Here's a question to think about ...
Are there circumstances under which the individual considerations of self-interest and the resulting social outcomes are compatible with true environmental sustainability? Or does this notion of compatable individual and social well-being have to be forced by policy?
Feel free to provide real, hypothetical or historic examples or a general description.