PERC participates in and hosts a variety of webinars that explore how market tools offer solutions to our environmental challenges. This medium allows us to expand our reach to new audiences in an accessible way.

PERC webinars provide the educational opportunity to share our research, gain new insights, and broaden the network of people seeking sustainable, cooperative solutions to the challenges we face.

Capitalism and Climate Change


Capitalism and environmentalism are often portrayed as mutually exclusive. If we want to protect nature and fight climate change, governments have to control the economy, spend trillions, and punish polluters. Right? Perhaps instead, the market economy, innovation, and entrepreneurship—coupled with a healthy dose of eco-optimism—are the best way forward. This webinar, hosted by the British Conservation Alliance (BCA) and featuring Matt Ridley, Daniel Hannan, Kai Wess of the Austrian Economics Center, Christopher Bernard of BCA, and PERC’s Holly Fretwell explores how market-based solutions can help us meet the challenges posed by climate change.

What is Free Market Environmentalism?


Government is often thought of as the sole arbitrator of any and all environmental issues. However, the market offers innovative answers to our environmental challenges and invokes collaborative solutions. Free market environmentalism allows for cooperative allocation methods that provide positive incentives for good stewardship. This webinar, hosted by the British Conservation Alliance and featuring Matthew Lesh of the Adam Smith Institute, Benji Baker of the American Conservation Coalition, and PERC’s Hannah Downey, explains the fundamentals of free market environmentalism and what it means to apply market thinking to our environment.

Wildlife Conservation in America


Too often, public policies that aim to protect species end up unintentionally stifling conservation and discouraging landowners from providing critical wildlife habitat. If, instead, we could make wildlife an asset rather than a liability to the private landowners who they often depend on for critical habitat, we can better ensure our wildlife are cared for and managed in a sustainable way. This webinar, hosted by the American Conservation Coalition and featuring PERC’s Hannah Downey, provides insight into how wildlife are managed in America today and what improvements can be made.

This Land is Whose?

From national parks and forests to rangelands and mineral resources, effective public land management is critical for conservation and prosperity. But today’s federal land agencies face a host of challenges, including growing maintenance backlogs, poor environmental stewardship, and excessive “analysis paralysis” that increases costs and delays effective management. This webinar, hosted by the American Conservation Coalition Campus chapter (ACC Campus) and featuring PERC’s Holly Fretwell, defines current federal land management policies and explores how market practices and incentive structures can improve how we manage and pay for our public lands.

How to (Legally) Become a Tiger King

This webinar, hosted by the Pacific Legal Foundation and featuring PERC’s Catherine Semcer and Jonathan Wood, seeks to answer the question, “Can private ownership of wildlife actually lead to improved wildlife conservation?”.


Trophy Hunting: Does hunting wild animals save them?


Though an uncomfortable reality, trophy hunting has a proven track record of helping conserve imperiled species throughout Africa. Because trophy hunting generates revenue, habitat conservation becomes a viable land use. Similarly, the proceeds from trophy hunting are often used to fund anti-poaching units. By turning wildlife from liabilities into assets, local communities are empowered to help conserve these precious species. Hosted by the Centre for Civil Society in Mumbai, India, and featuring PERC’s Catherine Semcer, this webinar explores the merits of trophy hunting and how it can be used as a conservation tool.