By B.N. Frank
There’s no doubt that environmentalists have plenty to worry about these days. What’s unfortunate is that many high-profile organizations and individuals still aren’t saying much if anything about how the “Race for 5G” and all the unsafe tech that comes with it is detrimental to the planet too.
One of the many environmental issues associated with it is the massive amounts of energy it will require to operate (see 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6). Thanks to activist and author Katie Singer for addressing activist Greta Thunberg about all of this.
A brief history of electricity and telecommunications
A letter to Greta Thunberg: how will we define progress?
When Wall Street International asked me to write this column, I thought of you. You stand with people who seek a livable future, a healthier balance between nature and technology.
You call yourself a communicator, not an expert. I do not consider myself an expert, either. I’m a writer. I learn about life by asking questions and writing about what I learn. In the last 25 years, I’ve talked nearly every day with scientists and engineers who patiently respond to my questions. These conversations have changed my thinking about technology’s impacts on nature. I want to share what I’ve learned, and these letters give me a place to do so.
I see that we are sustained by nature. We also depend on technology. After decades of taking much of my world for granted, I’m learning the true costs of electricity and the Internet. I’m learning what it takes to grow broccoli for two people for one meal. (Because of California’s wildfires, broccoli and kale are not available at my grocery store. To grow our own, my husband and I got two raised beds with insulating covers.)
Greta, I’ve started to ramble. In short, your name helps make my letters recognizable. Thank you.
A brief history of telecommunications
Sweden launched the first fully automated mobile phone system in 1956. The University of Hawaii installed the first wireless computer network in 1970. Email was introduced in 1972. In the 1980s, manufacturers offered (and consumers bought) word processors, answering machines, cordless phones and VHS players.
Cell phones took off in the late 1990s. When Apple first marketed smartphones, in 2007, we began to think that school, work and a social life require owning a hand-held portal to the Internet. We built air-conditioned data storage centers so large that they’re visible from outer space. We expected a wireless interface for learning to read, for maps, medical consults and financial records. We read fewer books. We streamed videos. We built cars with GPS and screens for backseat passengers to watch videos.
Now, with government support from many countries, telecom corporations have begun deploying 5G (fifth generation of wireless networks) to support increased data traffic and speed. 5G’s millimeter waves require cell sites installed on (say) utility poles every three to ten houses—even with reputable scientists reporting substantial increases in mobile networks’ electricity use and CO2 emissions4; and industry-run journals report that 5G will further increase mobile networks’ energy consumption.5
Cities worldwide AND entire countries have taken action to ban, delay, halt, and limit 5G installation AS WELL AS issue moratoriums.
Since 2017 doctors and scientists have been asking for 5G moratoriums on deployment on Earth and in space (see 1, 2, 3, 4). Since 2018, there have been reports of people and animals experiencing symptoms and illnesses where it’s been installed (see 1, 2, 3, 4). Of course, other sources of wireless emit harmful radiation too. Last year, the World Health Organization cautioned that high levels of EMF exposure could lead to health issues in a significant portion of the population. Exposure affects animals (see 1, 2), insects, and plants as well.
The majority of scientists worldwide oppose deployment. Any thoughts, Greta?
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