Monday, August 15, 2011

August 15 - Precautionary Principle

These ideas on the Precautionary Principle came from participants in our Servin' up Sustainability event in June.

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Precautionary Principle:

Given the best available information, where there is no scientific consensus on risks that specific actions or policies might pose to human health or the environment, decisions must err on the side of caution. Lack of scientific certainty should not be used as a reason to delay action to prevent harm, where a threat to health or environment exists.

Ways that you can apply or support the Precautionary Principle:

In Your Daily life

· Read Labels

· Self educate and increase your own awareness about sustainability issues

· Boycott Genetically Modified Food & demand labels for Genetically Engineered foods

In the Community

· Have more sustainability classes/workshops/meetings/talks in the community

· Integrate sustainability classes in schools and have more guest speakers such as Andrew Weaver visit schools

· Build more community gardens to foster a sense of collective stewardship

Provincial Government Policy

· Provincial pesticide ban

· Plan for uncertainty, encourage projects that are not only sustainable but carbon negative

· Prohibit production sale and use of genetically engineered crops - subsidize organic foods