Please print off and send to Gloucestershire County Councillors
From (your name and address):
Dear (Gloucestershire County Councillor)
RE: GLOUCESTERSHIRE’S STRATEGY ON 5G AND WHAT YOU CAN DO AS A LOCAL COUNCILLOR
I understand that the proposed roll out of 5G nationally and in Gloucestershire will result in substantial increases in microwave radiation exposures for the general public who have not been consulted, not given consent, and not been directly informed of the associated risks. This is a direct contravention of the Nuremberg Code which states that people cannot be experimented on without their consent.
In particular, I am concerned about the risks to public health, especially that of children, pregnant women and the elderly or those with chronic illness including EMF sensitivity , and the impact on wildlife including bees and other vital insects, birds, animals and trees from this untested technology.
How is 5G different from 4G?
4G wireless technology uses frequencies in the microwave spectrum up to 6 GHz (gigahertz). 5G wireless technology will continue to use these frequencies whilst gradually adding much higher frequencies in the millimetre wave spectrum, also used in crowd control weapons (30 to 300 gigahertz and beyond). Due to these higher frequencies, 5G cannot penetrate buildings as easily or travel as far and small to medium sized cells with wireless antennas will need to be installed at regular intervals on residential buildings in urban areas (approximately every 3 to 4 houses). I understand that lamp posts in Gloucestershire have been made 5G ready. This will expose the general public to unprecedented levels of radiation. Planning laws approved in February 2019 mean no-one can object to installation on their property.
5G is part of a wider agenda1 – it is not just about mobile phones having faster download speeds. It is also about super-connected ‘smart’ cities where streets are blanketed in wireless signals, enabling driverless cars and the ‘Internet of Things’, linking objects in our homes to smartphones and devices, allegedly bringing greater convenience as well as providing personal data for marketing and surveillance purposes and submitting us to continuous high levels of radiation in our own homes.
Scientists are already warning of serious health effects from 5G
Independent peer-reviewed scientific studies2show extensive evidence of harm from 4G and 5G technology including damage to the skin, eyes and nervous system, changes to DNA, changes to bacteria making them more resistant to antibiotics, and direct cancer causation. In March 2018, Professor Martin Pall (Professor Emeritus of Biochemistry at Washington State University) provided
evidence to the EU3regarding biological effects from the pulsed non-ionizing radiation used in both 4G and 5G technology, including: increases in male and female infertility and miscarriage, neurological and neuropsychiatric effects, including anxiety, depression and sleep disorders, cognitive and memory impairment, neurodegenerative diseases including Alzheimer’s, diabetes, cancer and damage to DNA.The 5G Appeal4currently signed by 235 independent scientists, experts in their fields, states that the International Commission on Non-Ionizing Radiation Protection (ICNIRP) ”safety guidelines” on which Public Health England bases its guidelines is “obsolete. All proofs of harm… arise although the radiation is below the ICNIRP “safety guidelines”. Therefore, new safety standards are necessary. It is further stated that a “conflict of interest of ICNIRP members due to their relationships with telecommunications or electric companies undermines the impartiality that should govern the regulation of Public Exposure Standards for non-ionizing radiation”.
Why 5G and smart technology damage wildlife and will not help address climate change
Gloucestershire County Council recently committed to becoming carbon neutral by 2030. Yet ‘smart’ technology is carbon intensive, requiring mining of raw materials, manufacture and transportation, as well as waste from disposal of old gadgets and appliances. This year, for the first time, data centres for the Internet and the servers that power them, are set to produce more carbon emissions than aviation5. Also 20,000 satellites will be sent into space to bombard the whole planet with 5G.
Already thousands of healthy mature trees are being felled in areas earmarked for 5G infrastructure across UK. Research by the University of Surrey6 refers to mast height at tree level as a limiting factor for reach and reliability (p4 article 3.1).Network rail are planning to fell 10 million trees.
The Eklipse Report7 from an EU-funded review body working on policy that may impact biodiversity and the ecosystem, reviewed 97 studies on how electromagnetic radiation may affect the environment. It concluded that this radiation could indeed pose a potential risk to bird and insect orientation and plant health. Alfonso Balmori, writing in Science of the Total Environment8concludes that “At the present time, there are reasonable grounds for believing that microwave radiation constitutes an environmental and health hazard…. Controls must be introduced and technology rendered safe to the environment, since this new ubiquitous and invisible pollutant could deplete the efforts devoted to species conservation.”
I am asking for your support as my local Councillor in raising questions with Gloucestershire County Council about what their Strategy is for rolling out 5G and how they intend to address the public protection health and biodiversity issues raised above. Also to support the proposed Moratorium on the roll out of 5G in Gloucestershire till sufficient independent scientific research has been done into the implications for health of the population.