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The rapid exploitation and extraction of natural resources, the use and release of toxic substances, and physical alterations of the 

environment have had substantial unintended consequences affecting human health 

and the environment.

Some of these consequences of concerns are:

Asthma

Cancer

Immune System Diseases

Cognitive deficiencies

Birth Defects

Air, Water and Soil Contamination

Species Extinction

Climate Change

Ozone Depletion


We believe existing environmental regulations and other decisions, particularly those 

based on risk assessment, have failed to adequately protect human health and the 

environment - the larger system of which humans are but a part.


We believe there is compelling evidence that damage to humans and the environment is of such magnitude and seriousness that new principles for conducting human activities.  While we realize that human activities may involve hazards, people must proceed more carefully than has been the case in recent history.


Corporations, government entities, organizations, communities, scientists and other individuals must adopt a precautionary approach to all human endeavors are necessary.



The Precautionary Principle:


When an activity raises threats of harm to human

health or the environment, precautionary measures should be taken even if some cause and effect relationships are not fully established scientifically.


In this context the proponent of an activity, rather than the public, should bear the burden of proof. 


The process of applying the Precautionary Principle must be open, informed, transparent and democratic and must include potentially affected parties.


It must also involve an examination of the full range of alternatives, including no action.