Environmental policy must take into account public opinion

BMJ 1998; 317 doi: (Published 17 October 1998) Cite this as: BMJ 1998;317:1033
  1. Tessa Richards
  1. BMJ

    Environmental policy should take more account of public values, says the Royal Commission on Environmental Pollution in its latest annual report.

    To obtain these values the national bodies which set environmental standards must adopt wider and more rigorous methods of public consultation, including citizens' juries, deliberative polls, and consensus conferences.

    The report draws attention to widespread public mistrust of official judgments and environmental regulations. Much of this, it suggests, stems …

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