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comment What is the phrase to describe the problem of mass participation?
I haven't heard of free rider in terms of protecting the environment.
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comment What is the phrase to describe the problem of mass participation?
Recycling certainly works even if all members of society are not participating. The return value of recycling is linear -- for every person that recycles, the environment is "helped" by the same amount. (Assuming each person recycles the same amount.) There is no incentive for people to not recycle (other than laziness).
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comment What is the phrase to describe the problem of mass participation?
In the example given by OP, not recycling does not benefit anyone. Nonetheless, this is the correct answer for the description, if not for OP's example.
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