The Precautionary Principle and the duty to share knowledge
The story tells of a disagreement among various parts of the body that refused to work together. The feet complained about the weight of the other parts of the body. The hands asked why they should wait on the others. The eyes complained about always looking out for their welfare. The ears bragged that the rest of the body would not be able to hear anything without them. The mouth and the stomach asked why they had to work harder than the others in digesting the nutrients that nourish the body. The feet then refused to walk, the hands refused to work, the eyes refused to look, the ears refused to hear, and the mouth and stomach refused to eat. They whole body then became very weak and ill. At the point of death, the stomach warned the other body parts that the whole body would wither and die if they did not cooperate with one another. They hence all agreed to again work together, and all became very happy.
Questions for discussion:
- Are there indigenous or local knowledge claims that address environmental problems from your community that can be helpful to other indigenous or local communities?
- Do you think indigenous or local knowledge claims about the environment should pass the norms of the natural sciences? Please explain your answer.
Climate Justice: Lessons from the Global South
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