All around the world, opposition to 5G is mounting. And it’s not about costs or privacy or unsightly infrastructure. Rather, it’s the dangers of 5G to human health that have become a top concern for local governments, scientists, lobby groups and citizens alike.
This growing movement signals one thing: the dangers of 5G are being taken seriously. And at the core of this concern is a recognition that electromagnetic radiation, in all its forms, is far more of a threat to human health than the wireless industry would have us believe.
No Ruling Out The Dangers of 5G
The biggest problem facing the 5G rollout is a lack of testing. No potential dangers of 5G can be ruled out until the technology has been thoroughly tested. Yet telecommunications carriers are single-mindedly focused on profit. And even the FCC is pushing to expedite the process rather than heed calls for health and safety tests, overriding the authority of local lawmakers in the process.
So what is it about 5G that sends alarm bells ringing? Because it requires thousands of “small cell” towers, 5G will dramatically increase human exposure to EMF. And proximity to those towers means we’ll have no choice as to whether we’re exposed or not.
It’s because of this unprecedented exposure that people globally are not only sitting up and taking notice, they’re acting to stop the spread of 5G and the potential 5G health risks.
The Opposition So Far
Opposition to 5G is springing up so fast it’s hard to keep track. So while this list is by no means exhaustive, it gives a rundown of how the movement against 5G technology has been growing globally so far.
- Oakland, California. April 2018: Verizon announces plans to install 16 new wireless antennas in the Oakland neighborhood of Oakmore. A group of concerned citizens, reportedly failing to get straight answers from the company, form the Oakmore Neighborhood Advocacy Group (ONAG) in opposition to the rollout.
- Mill Valley, California. September 2018: Community concerns are heeded by the city council of Mill Valley. After receiving 145 letters from citizens in opposition to 5G (and only five in support of it), the council votes unanimously to block 5G deployment. The action is taken via an urgency ordinance — a type of order that can be invoked when the health and safety of a community is at risk. A few months later, the neighboring district of San Rafael also passes an urgency ordinance restricting the distance of 5G cell towers.
- Gig Harbor, Washington. February 25, 2019: Gig Harbor Mayor and City Council unanimously oppose the FCC’s requirement to allow the deployment of 5G. One month later Gig Harbor residents form an ad hoc committee to inform the public about the dangers of 5G technology.
- Portland, Oregon. March, 2019:Portland city council raises 5G health concerns in a resolution that calls for greater research by the FCC. Portland lawmakers point to evidence suggesting wireless networks can cause cancer and other health issues, and implore the FCC to demonstrate 5G’s safety.
- Nationwide. May 15, 2019. During a nationwide “5G Day of Action”, coordinated events take place across the country. Protests spring up in cities and towns including San Diego, Asheville, Long Island, Woodstock and more. The event calls for wireless companies to suspend the deployment of small cell towers in residential areas.
Around the world
- Finland. March, 2019: A group of Finnish citizens starts a petition to the government to completely ban 5G on the grounds of the technology being harmful to human health. To date the petition has raised over 5,700 signatures.
- Florence, Italy. March, 2019: Florence City Council refuses permission for 5G by invoking the precautionary principle. The principle holds that policy makers have a responsibility to protect the public from harm when scientific investigation has found a plausible risk.
- Brussels, Belgium. March, 2019: Brussels halts a 5G pilot program citing health concerns. Environment minister Céline Fremault tells interviewers, “The people of Brussels are not guinea pigs whose health I can sell at a profit. We cannot leave anything to doubt.”
- Isle of Wight, UK. April 2019: Dozens gather to protest the introduction of 5G on the Isle of Wight. According to the protest’s organizer, “To expose people and wildlife to 24/7 pulsed millimetre wave radiation is in clear breach of the precautionary principle and of our human rights, which are enshrined in UN law.”
- Germany. April, 2019. A German petition imploring parliament to block 5G reaches over 54,000 signatures. The petition cites “scientifically justified doubts about the safety of this technology”. And Germany’s Federal Office for Radiation Protection (BfS) called for a thorough investigation into the health concerns associated with the new 5G technology. The investigation body used auction of 5G licenses to provide consumers with advice on how people can protect themselves from harmful mobile phone radiation.
- Netherlands. April, 2019: The Dutch House of Representatives calls for testing to assess the dangers of 5G. “We still don’t know about the dangers to public health,” says Parliament member Laura Bromet. “Little research has been done into the effects of 5G. We need to take people’s concerns seriously and investigate this.”
- Switzerland. April, 2019: Both Geneva and The Canton of Vaud adopt moratoriums on 5G until further research is carried out on health and safety.
- Stop 5G on Earth and in Space. An international appeal to the UN, WHO, EU, Council of Europe and governments of all nations has now reached over 90,000 signatures from at least 168 countries.
- The 5G Appeal.Hundreds of doctors and scientists from around the world call for a moratorium on the roll-out of 5G.
- Change.org / MoveOn. Numerous petitions have been posted from people globally to petition websites change.org and moveon.org, including one with close to 10,000 signatures.
Will The Dangers of 5G Be Addressed?
With so many concerns being raised globally about the dangers of 5G, the big question is: will the movement be effective?
In the US, the FCC has made no moves to heed the calls for health and safety testing. As we’ve seen above, some European councils have been more effective in getting tighter regulations on the table, or at least delaying 5G’s spread until further discussion can be held.
Still, if the public petitions and protests continue to grow, it seems inevitable that wireless providers will have to address customer demands or risk damaging their own bottom line. We’ll be keeping a close eye on developments. If you want to stay up to date on the latest 5G news, be sure to subscribe to our newsletter.
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