Corrina Beacham, Northern Rivers and Australians for Safe Technology
The federal government’s $9m campaign to ‘re-educate’ us about 5G safety seems to have devolved into rehashing the tired ‘5G dangers are just conspiracy theory’ line, now with the added notion that if you oppose 5G, you believe it causes COVID-19.
No research conclusively proves that 5G and wireless radiation is safe. According to the Australian Radiation Protection and Nuclear Safety Agency (ARPANSA), ‘the dosimetry (dose absorbed by a human) in the 6 GHz to 300 GHz range is still developing and further research is required to examine the effects of exposure to new and emerging technologies’ (www.arpansa.gov.au).
Even though it was intended to be funny, we don’t find Mandy Nolan’s Soapbox statements at all amusing. 5G may, or may never, deliver all the extremely-hyped benefits. Industry marketing tells you we need 5G, but is not about better connection – it’s about profits. Smart devices are engineered for addiction. Wireless services are vastly inferior for transferring large amounts of data. Hardwired connections are so much faster, more secure and energy efficient. Most importantly, they do not pollute with harmful radiation.
Wireless technology consumes huge amounts of energy. A wireless ‘internet of things’ will be extraordinarily energy consumptive and will vastly grow our dependence on conflict minerals that millions of Congolese people suffer and die while mining for. An astronomical increase in e-waste will be unavoidable.
If Mandy had accepted my personal invitation to join the discussion in our Facebook group, she would find a plethora of peer reviewed scientific articles. Those ‘YouTube videos’ are presentations by highly qualified doctors and scientists. She would also see there is NO information stating that COVID-19 is caused by 5G. The movement has distanced itself from such claims.
Stating that a movement does not know who the editor of The Echo is, is both incorrect and irrelevant.
The potential dangers of 5G are real, not conspiracy.
There is overwhelming evidence of adverse health effects occurring at levels thousands of times below existing standards (BioInitiative Report, 2017; Herbert and Sage, 2013).
Check out the 5G Appeal, prepared in 2017 by scientists and doctors urging the EU to halt the roll out of 5G, due to serious potential (negative) health effects. www.5gappeal.eu.
As H Jackson Brown said – The greatest ignorance is to reject something you know nothing about.