By B.N. Frank
Experts have already determined that E-Waste is a huge toxic problem. They have also predicted that the widespread implementation of 5G and Internet of Things (IoT) will make this MUCH worse.
Most electronics are NOT currently being recycled. So what is going to happen to the increasing amounts of E-Waste from 5G, IoT, utility “Smart” Meters and other environmentally unfriendly and often unnecessary technology?
The Caribbean country of St. Kitts and Nevis deposited their ratification of the Ban Amendment to the Basel Convention, moving the global waste dumping prohibition one country away from entry into the force of international law.
The Ban Amendment, adopted by the Parties to the Basel Convention in 1995, prohibits, for those countries ratifying it, the export of hazardous wastes from member states of the European Union, Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development and Liechtenstein to all other countries. Currently, 96 countries have ratified.
The Ban Amendment – called for by European, developing countries, and environmental and human rights groups in the early 1990s – has been hailed as a landmark agreement for global environmental justice. This amendment, in view of the recent epidemic of unwanted wastes exported from North American and European countries ending up in Asia and Africa, is seen as more relevant than ever.
“The entry into force of the Ban Amendment has been a long time coming and we are now very close to that day,” said Jim Puckett, founder and director of the Basel Action Network (BAN). “The Basel Ban is very important to the many countries around the world that each day receive hundreds of containers of unwanted hazardous electronic and contaminated household wastes with much of that waste contaminating their environment and harming their population. We applaud St. Kitts and Nevis and now urge all countries that have not already done so to move forward with ratification.”
According to BAN the United States, the world’s most wasteful country per-capita, has not ratified the Basel Convention, nor the Ban Amendment. Consequently, the U.S. still allows the export of many hundreds of containers of hazardous e-waste to leave their shores each week for developing countries where they are processed by informal sector actors in primitive, and highly polluting operations.
Activist Post has reported on the many ways that 5G and IoT is biologically and environmentally harmful. For more information visit our archives as well as the following websites:
- 5G Information
- Environmental Health Trust
- Last Tree Laws
- Physicians for Safe Technology
- Scientists for Wired Tech
- Wireless Information Network
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