By B.N. Frank
Most would agree that there have been many benefits provided by new technology. We are now all so accustomed to having it everywhere that campgrounds, parks, wildlife sanctuaries, and the like have installed Wi-Fi stations to accommodate visitors. This has become a raw deal for Mother Nature because research has proven that wireless radiation (commonly known as “Wi-Fi”) is harmful to plants and wildlife.
Some natural “destination locations” are already close enough to cell towers that phone reception isn’t an issue in case of an emergency. Wi-Fi stations seem to be installed for no other reason than to allow people to be “connected” throughout their visit.
If this concerns you, please contact your elected officials, park boards, etc. and request that they remove Wi-Fi stations from these locations. Listed below you’ll find links to articles and independently funded and government research studies to send with your request. Mother Nature thanks you in advance.
153 peer-viewed studies or articles reporting significant effects from EMF exposures on wildlife:
US Dept of Interior Letter warning regarding migratory birds and cell towers: http://www.ntia.doc.gov/files/ntia/us_doi_comments.pdf
“Locked in competition, Verizon, AT&T and other telecom companies are aggressively courting the most popular national parks, and under the federal Telecommunications Act of 1996, the parks are obligated to at least review proposals for new cellular towers.”
“NPS [National Park Service] is quietly facilitating a digital transformation with little public input or regard to its mission statement — to preserve ‘unimpaired the natural and cultural resources and values of the National Park System.’”
“A telecom company will come to a park and say, ‘Nice mountain. We want to put a cell tower on it.’ And the park usually says yes.”
“Over the last decade, PEER has emerged as the fiercest opponent of telecom expansion in Yosemite, Yellowstone and other national parks. The nonprofit group is led by lawyer Jeff Ruch, who keeps a close eye on the special use permits the national parks issue for new services and concessions.”
(PEER may be a group worth contacting and potentially working with.)
Excerpts and Resources from “An Electronic Silent Spring”