Rachel's Precaution Reporter #23

"Foresight and Precaution, in the News and in the World"

Wednesday, February 1, 2006
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The BE SAFE Platform -- Please Sign On
  The BE SAFE campaign is promoting the precautionary philosophy
  nationwide and internationally. One component of the campaign is the
  BE SAFE Platform. You can sign on and add your own voice to this
  call to prevent problems, not merely manage them.
What Would Precautionary Coastal-building Policies Look Like?
  U.S. coastal communities are endangered by land-use policies that
  allow building right on the water's edge, plus powerful storms that
  sweep away anything in their path. A precautionary approach might
  include policies to control growth in danger zones, plus policies to
  protect local economies from being "developed" to a point where they
  no longer serve the needs of local people.
Urban Sprawl Adds Pounds and Pollution, Two Studies Show
  The basic orientation of public health is called "primary
  prevention." That's the precautionary approach in a nutshell -- look
  ahead and do your best to prevent problems before they occur, rather
  than trying to manage them afterward. New studies show that land-use
  decisions are making many of us sick. Therefore, precautionary action
  is needed to prevent unhealthy land-use decisions.
Op-Ed: E-waste at Large
  Maine's new e-waste law gives producers responsibility for their
  products from manufacture through disposal. But we need to go further
  to really prevent millions of pounds of toxic electronic waste from
  entering the soil and water. Keeping toxic trash out of our dumps
  won't mean a thing if we don't stop the export of hazardous material
  to countries without enforceable environmental regulations.


  Rachel's Precaution Reporter offers news, views and practical
  examples of the Precautionary Principle, or Foresight Principle, in
  action. The Precautionary Principle is a modern way of making
  decisions, to minimize harm. Rachel's Precaution Reporter tries to
  answer such questions as, Why do we need the precautionary
  principle? Who is using precaution? Who is opposing precaution?

  We often include attacks on the precautionary principle because we  
  believe it is essential for advocates of precaution to know what
  their adversaries are saying, just as abolitionists in 1830 needed
  to know the arguments used by slaveholders.

  Rachel's Precaution Reporter is published as often as necessary to
  provide readers with up-to-date coverage of the subject.

  As you come across stories that illustrate the precautionary 
  principle -- or the need for the precautionary principle -- 
  please Email them to us at rpr@rachel.org.

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