The Precautionary Principle is a new way of thinking and making decisions about health and the environment. Precaution is a translation of a German term, which literally means “forecaring”, exercising foresight and care. We teach our children to be kind, respectful, caring, responsible and to look before they leap. The Precautionary Principle embraces these qualities and focuses on making conscientious environmental decisions today, that will have a positive effect on tomorrow.
“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.”
Chinese Medicine teaches that humans are a microcosm of the earth, and each of us is part of this wider web of life, the macrocosm. When the web is healthy, we are more likely to be healthy. All life is interconnected and human health is dependant on planetary or environmental health.
This is an extension of the Ubuntu philosophy: we are responsible for our world, our fellowman and the environment.
“Man did not weave the web of life — he is merely a strand in it. Whatever he does to the web, he does to himself.”
— Chief Seattle