Popular Pollution Problem

The problem is that we, humans, have taken it upon ourselves to use the Ocean and not give back to it. We do things like dredging, polluting, and drilling oil. All of these things lead to a loss of habitat and sea life, and only for our own personal gain. The ocean makes up most of our world, and humans have been around for such a short amount of time and already so many species have gone extinct because of us. Stop polluting, stop drilling oil, stop seeding the seas, and stop destroying the homes of our Ocean wildlife.

Game Theory Application

Player 1: The Government

Strategy A: Implement a Tax on Plastics

Strategy B: Enforce Punishment For Pollution

Strategy C: Limit/Reduce/Remove Plastics From The Market

Player 2: The People

Strategy A: Acquiesce

Strategy B: Continue Polluting

Strategy C: Business’s Continue Increasing Production in Plastics

Vote HERE to decide what strategy you would choose to fight this issue.


(A, A): The government gets what it wants, more money available for cleaning projects. The people on the other hand acquiesce and have to pay a tax that they otherwise wouldn’t have to. (100, -20)

(A, B): The government is making money, but people are still polluting. The problem isn’t being solved and people are still paying money. (40, -40)

(A, C): The government makes even more money, because business’s increase plastic production, to help fund cleaning projects. Yes, business’s have to pay a tax on these plastics, but they still get to make them and make money off of it. (70, 70)

(B, A): The government halts the crime of littering and pollution, but doesn’t stop the currently polluted oceans. People receive harsher punishments for polluting. (90, -10)

(B, B): The government is gaining money from fines for punishment of those who are polluting, which can be used for cleanup projects. People are being punished and money is being put toward the case, but people are still polluting and it’s damaging the ocean. (80, -100)

(B, C): The government makes some money but not enough. Business’s increase the production of plastic which makes polluting more common and worsens the issue. People in this scenario make more money, but further damage the ocean. (30, 80)

(C, A): The government stops the issue from progressively getting worse, but it does nothing to help the current issue. People now have limited, reduced, or no access to plastics. (80, -100)

(C, B): Ocean wildlife is still being hurt by pollution, but not further plastics are being produced. (-50, -50)

(C, C): Plastic is no longer available or availability is reduced. Business’s can’t necessarily increase production in plastics because of this. (60, -100)

Applications and Game Theory Solutions

After using movement diagrams to solve this 3×3 game theory matrix you encounter the solution (A, C) [70, 70]. In this instance, The Government implements a tax on plastic products whilst Business’s or The People increase production in plastic products. These two actions combined can make it so the government has money to put towards cleaning up the ocean, and the people get to continue using the cheap readily available plastics to make products. This all with a small fine tagged onto plastic goods that you almost have to buy at the store. Even a few cents extra per product could help an enormous amount considering how many plastic products are bought every day.

Solving the Problem In The Real World

Music artists, fans, festivals, and venues have begun the #BYOBottle movement. This movement is designed to reduce the plastic consumption at concerts, festivals, and other music events. Singers and Songwriters are now joining the #BYOBottle movement to force venues into creating water refill stations, and forcing consumers to buy reusable bottles. @PlasticPollutes is a twitter page that has been reaching out and informing the community to band together and end pollution. Nothing will get changed unless we all change.

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