- Informed decision making requires holistic thinking. Most
issues relating to the environment are complex, requiring that we consider both quantity and
quality, content and context, heredity and environment, relative and absolute.
- The division between the ecology and the economy is an
artificial one, as the two are implicitly and intricately connected. Thus, the basis
for a sustainable economy is a sustainable ecology, and vice versa.
- Sound science is a critical component of sound decision
making. Good decisions start with facts, not faith; and with ideas, not ideology.
- Science is a means to making informed decisions, not an
end unto itself. Ultimately, critical decisions require the use of judgement. Science
can improve the chances that judgements are sound, but can never replace the need to
actually draw conclusions by assessing risks and opportunities; costs and benefits;
current vs. future needs.
- Deep down, we all share a few common aspirations,
including the opportunity for future generations to lead lives as least as fulfilling as
our own. Where we often differ is therefore not on goals, but on the strategies and
tactics by which goals will be realized.
- Provided with reliable information and given solid tools
with which to process it, people will make decisions that are good for themselves, society
and the world. We are optimistic that humanity can, and wants to, improve its own lot
without causing harm to the rest of the biosphere.
Copyright 1998 The Center for Informed Decision Making