Free Market Environmentalism (FME) focuses on improving environmental quality using property rights and markets. It emphasizes three important points:
- Markets, property rights, and the rule of law are fundamental to economic growth, and economic growth is fundamental to improving environmental quality.
- Property rights make the environment an asset rather than a liability by giving owners an incentive for stewardship.
- Markets and the process of exchange allow people with different ideas and priorities regarding the use of natural resources to cooperate rather than fight. When cooperation supplants conflict, gains from trade emerge.
Do you know of examples of FME in Action? Share them with us: wendy (at) perc (dot) org.
|American Prairie Reserve|
On the plains of eastern Montana, the nonprofit group American Prairie Reserve works to restore and conserve grasslands biodiversity. Their goal is to create a 3.5 million acre reserve, open to the public while providing habitat for bison and the 300+ other wildlife species that roam the plains.
|Paso Pacifico's Thin Green Line|
Turtle poachers become turtle protectors in Nicaragua, as sea turtle eggs are harvested illegally. Paso Pacifico, dedicated to biodiversity conservation, steps in to help the endangered species, as the organization employs their own rangers to protect sea turtle on beaches where no government rangers are stationed.
Slowing Ships for Whales
Pop-up Wetlands for Migratory Birds
Pulse Flow on the Colorado
Homesteading the Oceans
|The Return of the Gopher Tortoise|
Habitat exchange markets offer incentives for environmental stewardship prior to formal listing under the ESA that could maximize management options for landowners, minimize the cost of recovery, and reduce the potential for restrictive land use policies in the future.
Saving African Rhinos
Scott River Water Trust
Fighting Fire with Fire
Life in the Plasticene
Explore our interactive map of PERC's ideas in action at map.perc.org.