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Externalities in "A Big Piece of Garbage" - Futurama
by Dirk Mateer `

Earthlings used to send their garbage up in space to get rid of it; now there is a threat of it coming back. Space is an example of a common resource and it is therefore subject to the tragedy of the commons. In this case, because the Earthlings so heavily discounted the future, they did not consider the possibility that the garbage would eventually fall back to Earth. Big mistake. Great scene for teaching about environmental economics.

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"A Big Piece of Garbage" - Futurama by Created by Matt Groening, Directed by Susie Dietter (1999) Earthlings used to send their garbage up in space to get rid of it, but now there is a threat of it coming back.