The last decade has made a huge and visible difference to nature, so great that nearly everyone has finally noticed things aren’t the same as they used to be. Remember going on long car journeys and arriving with the car windshield spattered with bugs? Not these days. Bug splats on windshields are becoming a rare phenomenon, even in areas like wetlands where there are—or should be—more insects than anywhere else.
Remember evenings where the fireflies danced across the lawn, little flashing green lights progressing like fairies through the dusk? One May evening a few years ago we sat on a dike in northern Greece and the air was so thick with fireflies they seemed to outnumber the stars in the heavens. Last summer I saw one. Just one. And it wasn’t because of pesticides, because no one uses them in the area where we live. There are plenty of cell towers, though, all around us.
Ten years ago, if you sat in any outdoor cafe in any square in any town or village in Greece, sparrows would hop around the tables, collecting crumbs. Under the eaves of houses, swallows and house martins would build their nests, and in May you could look up and see the baby birds poking their heads out as they waited for their parents to return and feed them. Then all the cafes put in Wi-Fi, and many of the towns installed public Wi-Fi, and now there are hardly any sparrows and no swallows or house martins.
Like most people, I wasn’t really aware of the dangers of wireless technology to begin with. It kind of crept up on me, at first just a few cell towers here and there, not pretty but not that intrusive either. There were scientists—quite a number of them, actually—who were doing studies and warning that electromagnetic radiation (EMR) from mobile technology was lethal to people and nature, but the media didn’t cover their work. Instead, journalists wrote endless puff pieces about the marvels of wireless technology and how it was transforming our lives.
One might have expected the nature and environmental organizations to pay attention to the science on EMR. That’s their job, to protect nature and the environment, and that’s why people donate money to them. But that didn’t happen. Instead the nature NGOs embraced wireless technology. Suddenly there were endless ways of wirelessly tagging birds and other wild creatures in order to follow them wherever they went, allegedly to help us learn more about them. And when the smartphone was invented, the nature NGOs developed all kinds of apps to engage the smartphone-using public, such as apps that help you identify different sorts of bees.
For the past thirty years these same nature NGOs have been documenting the shocking decline of species worldwide while promoting the use of wireless technology. Small wonder, then, that the majority of people are unaware that there’s a connection between wireless technology and species decline: the nature NGOs haven’t said so, and aren’t they the guardians of nature and the environment? Isn’t that their job?
Around 2013-2014, they started installing 4G on the island where I live. More and more cell towers went up, and soon insect and bird numbers began going down. Was there a connection?
Because I live on an island where the only industry is tourism, I could discount pollution as a cause for declines. Pesticides aren’t much of an issue here either, as we have many wild areas that have never been sprayed with anything; there isn’t large-scale agriculture, and in any case pesticide use hasn’t changed dramatically since 2013. If anything, pesticide use is declining. Climate change wasn’t a likely culprit either; the time span was too short for observable differences in climate. Land use hasn’t changed either; what was forest is still forest, and there has been virtually no development of any kind. Nor was hunting the problem; there wasn’t much to begin with, and as bird numbers declined, it stopped.
These are the things that the nature NGOs blame for species decline, and they weren’t issues here. The big change was 4G, the increased numbers of cell towers, and the wholesale adoption of Wi-Fi in towns. I started doing research, and I was astounded to learn how much damage EMR causes.
The last decade has seen a huge increase in awareness of the danger that EMR poses to nature. Many excellent scientific studies have shown how EMR affects breeding, health and migration of species, vastly contributing to global declines. Many people have noticed for themselves that there aren’t as many birds and insects as there used to be—as well they should, since we have lost about 75% of the insects, at least 30% of the birds and at least 50% of freshwater species. And all this damage has been done without 5G, before 5G. We don’t need 5G to wipe out nature; we’re already doing a great job. Indeed, I would argue that the only thing we need 5G for is to finish the job.
So what will 5G do to nature? According to Stop 5G International’s “Open Letter to Environmental Organizations”, it will affect the health of all organisms and ecosystems in a variety of ways, damage the earth’s natural electromagnetic field, pollute the atmosphere, use vast amounts of energy, increase carbon emissions, deplete ozone, and much more.
You can read and download this letter for yourself here:
For this next international day of protest against 5G, I ask that everyone take the time to download this letter and send it to as many of the nature and environmental NGOs as you can, including—perhaps especially—the ones closest to where you live. Relevant governmental agencies should also receive this. In your cover letter, you could include your own observations about how birds, insects, animals and plants are affected by EMR.
It’s very important to make the nature and environmental organizations realize that they’re on the wrong track when they support wireless technology, that they are losing their support base—people like you and me—when they fail to protest 5G. If they don’t protest 5G, as well as the proliferation of 4G and Wi-Fi, they aren’t doing their jobs.
We really need the environmental and nature NGOs to come out against wireless technology and 5G. It would be an immense step towards stopping a technology that is killing us and this planet. The “Open Letter to Environmental Organizations” will do no good unless it reaches them. Send it to them. Please.