You are invited to join a Day of Action for Safer Technology in Whanganui on October 3, 2020. Meet on the grass near the PS Waimarie at 10am.

Details for the Auckland event on October 10 may be found on the 5G-Free NZ FB page and details of the Christchurch event on October 10 will be added as soon as they are available.

Below is a slightly abridged version of the media release that was sent to local media earlier this week.

Day of Action for Safer Technology – Whanganui October 3

There will be a Day of Action for Safer Technology on October 3. For those interested meet on the grass near the PS Waimarie at 10am.

Lucy McDougall, who recently gave an oral presentation to the District Council, sent the following information to the RCP.

The deployment of 5G (fifth generation) wireless network will massively increase exposure to radio frequency (RF) radiation overlaid on top of the 2G, 3G and 4G networks with more densely packed antennae, adding even higher frequency radiation including millimetre waves (mmw) (30 – 300 GHz(.  Plans are to irradiate earth from land-based infrastrcuture as well as from and space using approximately 50,000 satellites, in Low Earth Orbit.

New Zealand regulations do not require consultation with local communities as to where towers and antennae are placed.

Opponents have three main objections:  the impact on security and privacy, health and the environment.

  1. Security and Privacy – 5G and the ‘Internet of Things’ erodes privacy and security, and is the backbone for Artificial Intelligence, stripping people of occupations, used for data harvesting by corporates, and increasingly for surveillance and the military. 5G will dramatically increase the number of devices and systems connected remotely, resulting in hundreds of new access points that hackers can use to steal data or conduct cyberattacks.
  2. Health – “There is a literature base of well over 10,000 peer-reviewed studies linking wireless radiation  to a long list of health and ecological harmful effects. RF radiation has proven harmful for humans and the environment…5G constitutes an experiment on humanity and the environment that is defined as a crime under international law.” (From the International Appeal to Stop 5G on Earth and in Space.)

One of the many literature reviews (May 2020, R.Kostoff et al) shows evidence that exposure to radio frequency radiation (RFR) at levels used by wireless technologies can result in cancer, DNA damage, neurodegenerative diseases, cognitive impairments and adversely impact on neural, circulatory, immune, endocrine and skeletal systems.’

In February 2019 at a USA Senate hearing, the wireless industry admitted they have no safety studies on 5G or even plans to study it.

  • Environment – EMFs affect insects and bird navigation. Millimetre waves are closer to their body sizes. 5G will result in a huge increase in carbon emissions, with wireless networks less efficient that wired. Fossil fuels to launch so many satellites, and beaming of up to 5 million watts each is predicted to have huge impacts on our planet. 5G could destroy radio astronomy, and observatories, and relegate weather forecasting to technology of the 1980s. Overseas, trees are being culled.  

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