By B.N. Frank
In France, 60+ mayors and officials have also asked for a moratorium on deployment.
In France, Over 60 Mayors and Officials Call for a 5G Moratorium
A petition addressed to Prime Minister Jean Castex, signed by over sixty elected officials including Jean-Luc Mélenchon (deputy of Bouches-du-Rhône (FI)), Manon Aubry (European deputy (FI)) or Michèle Rubirola ( mayor of Marseille) who urged the government to decide on a moratorium on the deployment of 5G. The petition references the increase in wireless exposure and the need to assess environmental effects before deploying 5G.
“We, mayors and elected officials are immediately proposing a moratorium on the deployment of 5G at least until the summer of 2021. During this moratorium, we are asking for a decentralized democratic debate on 5G and on digital uses. We ask the municipalities for the right to subsidiarity concerning the application of the precautionary principle.”
“The 5G wave emissions are added to those of previous technologies, 4G, 3G and 2G, which will lead to an increase in the level of exposure of the population to the waves. Likewise, it is urgent to question the health impact of the proliferation of hyperconnected objects.”
“The environmental impact induced by digital uses continues to increase, and, with the explosion of uses, the gains expected by the falsely called “dematerialization” have not been demonstrated. …In addition, the deployment of 5G will exponentially accelerate the exploitation of non-renewable natural resources, pollution due to the extraction of rare metals, and the generation of a quantity of waste that can hardly be recycled. At present, a very small number of mobile phones in circulation and on sale are compatible with 5G. The deployment of this mobile network will therefore involve the renewal of a large part of the equipment, further increasing the ecological footprint and the weight of waste, in an attempt to benefit from a technological innovation whose usefulness remains to be demonstrated.