By Tremane Barr  (A Member of the Green Party)

Various attempts have been made to try and raise the need for a precautionary approach to 5G at various levels within the Green Party all to no avail. They will not even allow the issue to be discussed in their internal party networks and policy making processes. The Aoraki province have blacklisted us from their regular email newsletters so that their members cannot be informed of the public meetings we hold to avoid their members from finding out on why we are campaigning against 5G. This is because the leadership of the Greens is 100% supportive of 5G and do not believe that a precautionary approach is needed for any type of human made electromagnetic radiation. In their own words from the Green MP Eugenie Sage:

“We use official evidence from the World Health Organisation as well as New Zealand’s Ministry of Health guidelines to inform our position on 5G. The New Zealand exposure Standard limits ensure that the public’s exposure to radio frequencies are at levels below which harm might occur. Currently, the position of the World Health Organisation is that there is no evidence to conclude that exposure to low level electromagnetic fields is harmful to human or environmental health.”

As we know this approach is factually incorrect if not simply willfully ignorant of all the evidence that proves otherwise. A couple of examples from the World Health Organization (WHO):

• Under the auspices of IARC in 2002 the WHO declared that with non-ionizing electromagnetic radiation at the Extreme Low Frequency (ELF) range there is a proven connection between exposure to ELF over 0.3 of a micro Tesla and increases in childhood leukemia.

• Since then in 2011 non-ionizing radiofrequency radiation (RFR) has been included as a Class 2B human carcinogen by WHO and there is strong lobbying by scientists to have that warning increased due to available evidence.

Another example comes from a recent report by Klaus Buchner and Michèle Rivasi who are members of the European Union Parliament for the Greens/EFA that is damning of the World Health Organisation and its reliance on the International Commission on Non- Ionizing Radiation Protection (ICNIRP):

This report deals with an issue of which the importance cannot be overrated: the possible health effects of Radiofrequency Radiation (RfR) or electromagnetic fields (EMF); It deals more specifically with how the scientific debate has been hijacked by corporate interests from the Telecom industry.

After having read the reports of a journalistic collective called Investigate Europe, the many articles from Microwave News as well as all the publications from independent scientists from around the world, who for years have all been ringing alarm bells on adverse health effects from the use of mobile phones and EMF, we decided that we needed to dig deeper into this strange, unknown to the public but powerful scientific NGO based in Germany called the ‘International Commission on Non- Ionizing Radiation Protection’ (ICNIRP).

The findings of this report (‘The International Commission on Non-Ionizing Radiation Protection: Conflicts of interest and the push for 5G’) give us an uncomfortable déjà-vu: many facts and processes that lead to the actual situation whereby European authorities – from the European Commission to most of the member states – simply close their eyes for real scientific facts and early warnings.

We have seen exactly the same scenario in the debate on Tobacco, asbestos, climate change and pesticides.

Also in its latest guidelines from March this year, ICNIRP assures the world that there is no scientific evidence of adverse health effects from the radiation that comes with the new communication technologies, within the limits it proposes.

But at the same time a growing number of scientists and also citizens are worried that EMFs do cause health problems. ICNIRP pretends to be scientifically neutral, and free from vested interests of the Telecom industry.

We show with this study that this is ‘playing with the truth’ or simply a lie.

The full report makes for very interesting reading and if it gets any traction within the EU it will usher in a new era of transparent accountability and independent research to test the safety of EMR emitting technologies and 5G in particular. Recent research in NZ has uncovered the fact that our own Ministry of Health provides funding directly to ICNIRP and ICNIRP in turn tells our government what it wants hear that 4G and 5G is safe. And the NZ Green party actively support this state of affairs.

Under the current NZ Green party leadership they would have opposed Rachel Carson’s Silent Spring work against DDT, because government scientists said it was safe. They would have supported nuclear power plants being set up in NZ, because [some – Ed] scientists say it is safe. And so on with example after example where the public have had to fight vested interests (tobacco, lead, genetically modified organisms etc.). These current NZ Green MPs would always have been on the side of the establishment’s big business scientists. Whatever the NZ Green party is today it is no longer GREEN and is in a state of denial around the compelling scientific reasons for a precautionary approach to stop 5G.

Website editor’s note: The above text is reprinted with permission from Safer Technology Aotearoa New Zealand Newsletter #2 (July 2020).

As of this writing, 5 October 2020, Green MP Eugenie Sage is the Minister for Conservation so her ignorance of EMF impacts on health is unfortunate given that there is evidence of harm not only to human from EMF but also evidence of harm to wildlife when infrastructure that produces pulsed microwave radiation (such as a cellular phone tower) is allowed to be deployed in nature reserves. (For example, see the meticulous study which you can access at this link: This was provided to government as part of the 2018 consultation on 5G organised under the auspices of Radio Spectrum Management NZ which is a business unit of the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment (MBIE) prior to the beginning of the 5G roll out in NZ.)

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