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Councillors it’s time to get off the 5G fence

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In response to Rahael Lee Cass letter which stated, ‘I suggest the “activists” do something about poisoning of our air, and stop banging on about 5G’.

Well, that’s exactly what 5G is. It’s another form of poison, polluting our air. You can’t see it or smell it. But it is there in the airways. It’s called ‘electro smog’.

Perhaps if these towers were constantly spraying out lead and DDT, which happens to be the same ‘2B classification’ as cell tower and WiFi (2011 WHO Classification), people would react differently.

Let’s recap on lead and DDT since that classification. Lead has been banned, and phased out in products. And DDT is banned in Australia. Whereas WiFi and cell tower radiation have increased a quintillion times, due to devices and increased cell tower infrastructure.

Lloyd’s of London DO NOT cover harm from EMR.

In 2010 a Risk Assessment Report was prepared for Lloyd’s of London. Outlined in the report was evidence that WiFi frequencies cause illness. In 2015 as a proactive step, Lloyd’s put an exemption of all EMR-related illness on their insurance policies, meaning that if someone is deemed to have a disease or illness possibly caused by EMR or electromagnetic frequencies, the insurance company is not liable for coverage on electromagnetic radiation or radio frequency claims. ‘Directly or indirectly arising out of, resulting from or contributed to by electromagnetic fields, electromagnetic radiation, electromagnetism, radio waves or noise’ (Exclusion 32).

A major red flag.

Deploying 5G will be a massive leap in human exposure to RF-EMR.

We need our Council to get off the fence and adhere to their ‘Duty of Care to protect our community from any risks of harm’.

The solution: The Federal government just announced a $3.5 billion upgrade to NBN and is offering [fibre]cable-to-door faster, and secure internet without the radiation across regions.

Byron Council have quite rightly expressed a preference for this. Homes and businesses can opt for this if you ask for it. Our whole Shire can.

We can have faster, more secure internet via fibre cable optics. No radiation. A much better way for access to telecommunications technology and also keeping our health. A win-win.

No-one is prepared to take responsibility: As it stands the telecommunications industry will not supply any liability insurance for any risks of harm for deploying 5G.

No safety testing, no risk assessments whatsoever have been done on this technology. And especially on its possible effects on children who absorb more radiation than adults.

Now tell that to the 200 babies and children aged between six weeks and six years who are enrolled in day care centres and preschools in the Byron Arts & Industry Estate.

Tell them that they may or may not have increased cancer risks, infertility, DNA damage, oxidative stress, and/or melatonin depletion. Melatonin is needed for night time body cell repair.

Do we want to risk our own children? Do we tell them we knew about the warnings but did nothing about it?

Or can we look them in the eye when they are older and say we did something to protect them and their future children. And stop history repeating itself.

Byron Shire Council, we need you to step up and stick to your guns on a moratorium on the rollout of 5G. Get off the fence and join the many other cities and countries that are taking action such as Brussels, Florence, Finland, Papua New Guinea, Hawaii, Switzerland, and France to name a few. The same cities that have already put in place the ‘Precautionary Principle’.

For anyone interested in independent (not Industry-funded) research: please visit https://www.orsaa.org/


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  1. 5G is poisoning of the air. The two are not even comparable. One can filter the air but the assault on our homes, bodies as well as all living cells–which is well documented–is a crime against us all. This is a corporate scam, an industry fraud that nobody needs or wants. There are now 3 law suits against the FCC which are gaining momentum due to public awareness. More information: http://www.wirelesswatchblog.org

  2. Tens of thousands of articles and billions of dollars spent have yet to show any health effects. Nothing we consume, breathe or are exposed to is ever “proven safe” just various degrees of guilt. This is in the same category as kava and gingko, coffee used to be in that category. Less likely to cause cancer than shift work or eating red meat. Pretty low on my list of life hazards.

  3. The letter writer repeats information from an anti-radiowave group, ORSAA, without understanding it. To cite just one example. Lead and DDT are both classified as 2B carcinogenic by the IARC, like radiowaves, but that is not why they are banned. Lead is a neurotoxin and DDT is an endocrine disrupter, and have been banned for these effects, in two of the most famous cases in all of toxicity research. Either ORSAA does not know this, in which case they are incompetent, or they do know it, in which case they are duplicitous. The writer is probably not a scientist, so can be forgiven, but has nothing to fear.


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