By B.N. Frank
Telecom Industry executives have admitted they have NO scientific evidence that 5G is safe. Many doctors and scientists say it isn’t (see 1, 2, 3, 4). People and their pets are already becoming sick where it’s installed (see 1, 2, 3).
Engineers, environmentalists, meteorologists, NASA, NOAA, U.S. Navy, security experts and more are also warning that 5G isn’t worth ALL the risks associated with it (see 1, 2, 3, 4). Opposition is increasing worldwide. So are lawsuits and legislation against forced installation. French NGOs are now asking for a moratorium on 5G at least until there can be a public debate on it.
NGOs including Agir Pour l’Environnement and Priartém-Electrosensibles de France have come out against the new technology, saying that its use will lead to physical and mental health problems, environmental issues, and could even negatively impact social freedom.
In France, 5G was officially announced on July 15 this year, with businesses in large towns and cities set to receive the coverage by the end of 2020, and two-thirds of individuals expected to be covered by 2026.
But in a statement, the NGOs said that introducing the technology could “push the planet and our society into a world with out-of-control consequences”.
It said: “Digital wireless communication technology has already had impacts that are not virtual: risks for our physical and mental health, hyperconnection with the world of work, and among young people; impact on the soil, landscapes and ecosystems, a growing energy bill, wasting of resources, risks from big data on our freedoms, lobbying weight on science and public politics…”
The statement said that 5G would “irrefutably aggravate these facts”.
The group is now calling for a halt to 5G development and rollout in France, at least until a public debate can be held on its use.
It said: “Developing a system that will cause lasting changes to the electromagnetic environment of our planet, to interactions between people and machines, and the wider workings of our society cannot be possible without deep consideration and debate from citizens.”
The possible impact of 5G on certain health conditions has been acknowledged by health authorities including French health and environmental agency (Agence Nationale de Sécurité Sanitaire de l’Alimentation, de l’Environnement et du Travail) Anses.
In 2016, it found that the radio frequencies of technology such as 5G could cause problems – for certain people – with memory, attention, and coordination. At the time, Anses recommended that young people limit their exposure to portable devices, tablets, and internet-connected toys.
In 2018, the agency also recognised that some people were reporting health problems linked to electromagnetic fields and waves, although it did add that this did not prove that there was a real link.
And this year, a group of 170 scientists raised concerns about the possible effects of 5G – and the higher frequencies it requires to work, which may be up to ten times’ higher than those used now – to the European Union.
In France, tests on 5G have already been rolled out in towns and cities including Bordeaux, Grenoble, Lille, Lyon, Marseille, Nantes, and Toulouse.
- 5G Information
- The 5G Summit
- Electromagnetic Radiation Safety
- Environmental Health Trust
- My Street, My Choice
- Physicians for Safe Technology
- Scientists for Wired Tech
- The People’s Initiative
- Wireless Information Network
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