This assignment asks you to mobilize scholarly research in providing a written answer to the following question: What is wrong with putting a price on nature? The starting points for this paper are the following podcasts. These offer an entry into the issue of commodifying nature within three major debates in environment and development: conservation, food and climate change.
National Public Radio’s Planet Money Episode #469: Rhino Horns and Fresh Water
National Public Radio’s Planet Money Episode 471: The Eddie Murphy Rule
National Public Radio’s Planet Money Episode #472: The One-Page Plan to Fix Global Warming
These podcasts are intended as entry points only; hopefully they will help to spark some promising lines of argument or research avenues. After listening to these podcasts, each student will be responsible for crafting a four-page response to this question (double-spaced, one-inch margins, TNR 12+ font). Scholarly research is required, but could be complemented by government documents, public policy papers, UN documents, NGO position papers, etc. Successful papers will require a well-articulated argument, intensive research, cohesive logic and organization, and a sophisticated style.
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