The precautionary Principle is a very simple method. It states that “When human activities may lead to morally unacceptable harm that is scientifically plausible but uncertain, actions shall be taken to avoid or diminish that harm” (UNESCO, 2005). Basically, it is stating that if all of the things humans do every day are scientifically possible of coming back and hurting us in the long run, this principle takes action to ensure the safety of the public and this earth. I absolutely believe this is an important principle.
If there is any possibility that one day, what we’re doing can really affect our lives in a negative way, then we should take action right away. An example of when this principle wasn’t and still isn’t used is present day global warming. Scientists have been warning us for years about the detriments of global warming. They show us that our oceans are rising, our ice caps are melting, and our weather is getting more life threatening (NASA, 2018). We choose to ignore it, but one day, it will affect ourselves and everyone around us. We choose to be ignorant for the time being, until one day everything we do leisurely and daily will become scarce and dangerous.
That was just an example of the biggest issue that poses against everyone on this earth. There are plenty of less extreme cases that this principle will help fight against, but it is only effective if the leaders of America and ourselves impose this principle on our lives.