chapter  3
Environmental risk and the precautionary principle
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Intervention on environmental matters depends in part upon how risk is conceived and whether assessment of risk subsequently leads to action. Responding to environmental harm is not only about reacting to specific events or incidents. It also includes evaluation of potential threats or risks into the future. Taking precaution is central to protecting the planet, humans and nonhuman animals from projected harms. This involves weighing up and recognising which risks actually exist, and for whom.