The Precautionary Principle: Better Safe than Sorry? - Deepstash

The precautionary principle refers to preventing harm by not doing anything that could have negative consequences.

It is best set out by using the proverb "better safe than s...

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The Precautionary Principle: Better Safe than Sorry?

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Even if we make the slightest change within a complex system, we risk far-reaching unintended consequences.

The Precautionary Principle reflects working with and within complex systems.

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The Precautionary Principle prompts us to question our intuitions about the right decisions. The principle was first applied to regulations in Germany for preventing air pollution. It consists of t...

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When dealing with risks, we need to be aware of what we don't or can't know for sure.

How to use the Principle:

  • Competing priorities should be combined with other decision-...

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  • When the costs of waiting are low and the safety of something is uncertain.
  • When preserving optionality is a priority. Ensuring we don't restrict the ...

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The Precautionary Principle is not applicable:

  • When the scale of a potential risk is too low for precautionary action to have a benefit.
  • When the tradeof...

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