We are constantly faced with change and new technology. Some is good for humanity. Some is driven by multinational interests and is more about them than us.
Often we don’t understand the risks until it is too late. Think X-rays which were embraced as the greatest medical progress for checking foetal development for years, even after the warning started.
RFEMR is another polarising technology. It opens incredible opportunities for research and communications, however it also comes with considerable risk. What more do we really need than the technology we already have, which has already dramatically changed peoples lives- in many cases disconnecting them from human contact and reality.
One of the greatest concerns is that new technology is driven by those who stand to profit. The government has limited expertise and the public is increasingly excluded from decision making – contrary to WHO advice on consultation and establishing a dialogue with affected communities. The process is all one way, with no consideration of the public interest.
Contrary to the WHO advice, as scientific concerns about biological harm from RFEMR have accelerated, the public have been increasingly excluded from decision making.
RFEMR was classified by the WHO and IARC as a Class 2B carcinogen in May 2011 based on the advice of a panel of world experts recorded in the IARC Monographs vol 102.
Our government’s repsonse to the world experts recognising possible biological harm, was to depart from WHO advice – much as it did with Glyphosate – and rely instead on hand picked advisors.
Public input was serially excluded from the RMA process with a series of RM National Environmental Standards for Telecommunications Regulations, which deemed compliance with the dated and controversial NZS2772:1 (1999) would somehow avoid all health and safety and other adverse environmental effects. This was despite the NZS being designed to protect fit young men in the army from occupational harm from heating by RFEMR, and making no provision to protect the young, elderly or foetuses against damage to DNA, endocrine or other biological effects when exposed 24/7.
Ten or so years ago the public was concerned about the rollout of 3G and 4 G towers. Then Telecom proposed a 20m celltower just 5 m from the sandpit at Atawhai Playcentre, the community made “Dear Helen Clark” to share some of the many concerns.
We went to Wellington to give the CD to our then Prime Minister. Sue Kedgley showed up but nobody else. Fate intervened, and as the door on out flight home to Nelson was about to close, the Prime Minister and her entourage boarded, and we were able to pass a copy of “Dear Helen Clark” up the plane by a human chain of shoulder tapping, to her.
We now face a new and far more serious threat to community and environmental wellbeing. The new 5G technology – designed for use in crowd control – is about to be rolled out every 100m or so up and down our streets -without any public consultation about whether we need or want it.
Communities are asking questions and uniting around New Zealand asking for information to prove the 5G technology is safe, and what can be done to stop or slow this down. Bureaucracies who are supposed to represent us have decided they know better. They have tried to streamline their processes by removing our voice.
Its time to reassert democracy and take back out power.
The call going out is “We live here, ASK US FIRST”
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