It’s the Ecosystem, Stupid

Remember when Bill Clinton won the presidency with the slogan, “It’s the economy, stupid”? Well, he was wrong.  We can live through bad economic times, but we can’t survive without the ecosystem. As the famed anthropologist Margaret Mead so eloquently put it, “We won’t have a society if we destroy the environment.”

Wireless technology is destroying the environment, but governments everywhere are pushing on. As if 2G, 3G and 4G haven’t done enough damage, now they’re forcing 5G on the world’s population—without asking anyone whether we want it. Their argument, framed in terms of how much economies will benefit from superfast wireless communications, neglects to mention the cost to the other creatures which inhabit this planet along with us, and fails to count the cost—to us—if we kill the pollinators, the trees which produce oxygen for us to breathe, or the flowers which simply give us pleasure.

The made-up “race to 5G” seems to be capitalism’s last gasp, a Protean effort to make shrinking economies grow in denial of the indisputable fact that supply far exceeds demand, real incomes have been shrinking for at least two decades, youth cannot find jobs that pay well (if at all) and poverty is growing. Yet governments seem to expect that everyone will stump up the money for 5G phones and “smart” goods despite mounting evidence that wireless technologies are not just unhealthy for us, they’re ecocidal.

Two new papers should sound a note of caution, if anyone in government is listening. The first, “Limiting liability with positioning to minimize negative health effects of cellular phone towers” by J.M. Pearce et al. from Michigan Technological University, argues that telecoms companies need to protect the public (and protect themselves from lawsuits) by voluntarily siting cell towers at least 500 meters from population centers, schools and hospitals in order to minimize human exposure to radiofrequency radiation (RFR). He points out that “cell towers demand widespread human exposure to RFR”, 5G will increase exposure, and there is enough evidence that RFR is dangerous to health to warrant caution. He cites studies showing cancer clusters and clusters of neurological complaints near cell towers to make this important point: RFR can make people ill without heating tissue. No one disputes that heating tissue can cause cancer and other diseases.

Pearce says, “I’m pro-tech and I’m pro-human, so I think there are ways for us to have our cell phones and minimize potential risk without waiting to find out that putting a cell tower on top of a school was a bad idea.” Pearce says there are technical ways to minimize cell tower radiation for humans, but he doesn’t factor in the non-humans who share the planet with us. Of course, birds and bees can’t sue if their health is damaged.

The fact is, birds will build their nests near cell towers, and insects will forage for pollen in the flowers that grow near them. They don’t know cell towers are dangerous. In any case, the radiation from a cell tower (a “cell”) can extend as far as 70 miles in every direction, and cells frequently overlap. This means that the ecosystem is constantly exposed to electromagnetic fields for which it was not designed and to which it cannot adapt.

If human beings can become ill by absorbing radiation, why can’t a bird or a bee?  As a new study on western honey bees shows, bees do absorb radiation—and they will absorb a lot more when 5G comes along.

According to Dr. Arno Thielens et. al, in their paper “Radio-Frequency Electromagnetic Field Exposure of Western Honey Bees” (published January 16, 2020 in Nature) bees are continually exposed to environmental electromagnetic fields, which heat their bodies. Higher frequencies will cause a lot more heating .  A 10% increase in environmental RF-EMF using frequencies higher than 3 GHz would cause bees to absorb between 390% and 570% more radiation than they do now.

Once 5G comes in, bees and other pollinators could absorb up to 570% more radiation than they do today—and bees are already in trouble. Can they survive that?

According to Dr. Olle Johansson, a world-leading authority in this area, “Thielens et al—together with a number of other studies, including my own contributions—are telling us that wireless systems, like the current 3G and 4G, and the coming 5G, very well may jeopardize the future of pollinating insects, such as honey bees, and non-pollinating insects. To take a chance on it is as clever as turning your back to an Egyptian cobra. It may end very badly”.

He adds, “Insects don’t have insurance companies to protect them, and ours have bailed out more than 20 years ago. The insurance companies listened, they understood, and they protected their money. But not the planet’s future.”

Without insects, all life on earth would end within 50 years, says Joanne Kennell in “What Would Happen if All Earth’s Insects Vanished?” We need insects—not just bees.  Insects are the bottom of the food chain, so many birds and other small creatures live on them. Without insects, they would have no food and they would die.

Insects are pollinators. Eighty percent of the world’s plants are angiosperms (flowering plants) that rely primarily on insect pollination to reproduce. These are the plants that we and most other creatures get our food from, so without insects we won’t have much to eat. Not only will we not have fruit and vegetables, we won’t have any meat either, since we won’t be able to feed the animals we eat.

Our ecosystem is already in deep trouble; we’re destroying it in every way we can think of. We spray our lands with pesticides and herbicides, we dump toxic waste into rivers and oceans, we fell virgin rain forest to plant oil palms and grow soybeans, we drain wetlands, and we plant cell towers everywhere.  All the poisons we introduce into the environment interact with each other, and each of them contributes to weakening the immune systems of the earth’s most vulnerable creatures. All the habitats we destroy deprive some creatures of the means to survive and drive them towards extinction.

Cell towers destroy habitats just as much as draining wetlands, chopping down forests and spraying with pesticides. Wireless technology may be the worst thing we’re doing to the planet, because the radiation is ubiquitous. There’s virtually nowhere on earth free of cell tower radiation, and now we’re going to blast it from space too, via low-orbit satellites.

Thielens are warning us that 5G is likely to kill the bees and other insects. Is anybody listening? Or are we too concerned with fast downloads and Virtual Reality? For a dose of real reality, watch this video of bees dying as they approach a cell tower in California (and read the comment by Tyler Vanover, industry construction expert who says these are 4G towers and that “This bee killing phenomenon has been talked about for years inside the industry.”)

It’s the ecosystem, stupid.

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A single honey bee in free flight absorbs electromagnetic radiation
but when bees cluster, they absorb a lot more.
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