Citizens for Safe Technology
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and nature from unsafe wireless technologies.
Video and Resources
Videos in this section are gathered from various sources. They vary in topic and content, but all have useful information about the effects of electromagnetic fields and/or wireless radiation on societies and environments.
Resources include lists, tables, charts, and references to provide background and support for understanding and analysis.
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TED Talk by Margaret Heffernan
Gayla Benefield was just doing her job -- until she uncovered an awful secret about her hometown that meant its mortality rate was 80 times higher than anywhere else in the U.S. But when she tried to tell people about it, she learned an even more shocking truth: People didn't want to know. In a talk that's part history lesson, part call-to-action, Margaret Heffernan demonstrates the danger of "willful blindness" and praises ordinary people like Benefield who are willing to speak up.
" . . . This wasn't ignorance. It was willful blindness. Willful blindness is a legal concept which means, if there's information that you could know and you should know but you somehow manage not to know, the law deems that you're willfully blind. You have chosen not to know. There's a lot of willful blindness around these days. You can see willful blindness in banks, when thousands of people sold mortgages to people who couldn't afford them. You could see them in banks when interest rates were manipulated and everyone around knew what was going on, but everyone studiously ignored it. You can see willful blindness in the Catholic Church, where decades of child abuse went ignored. You could see willful blindness in the run-up to the Iraq War. Willful blindness exists on epic scales like those, and it also exists on very small scales, in people's families, in people's homes and communities, and particularly in organizations and institutions.
"Companies that have been studied for willful blindness can be asked questions like, "Are there issues at work that people are afraid to raise?" And when academics have done studies like this of corporations in the United States, what they find is 85 percent of people say yes. Eighty-five percent of people know there's a problem, but they won't say anything. And when I duplicated the research in Europe, asking all the same questions, I found exactly the same number. Eighty-five percent.
"That's a lot of silence. It's a lot of blindness. And what's really interesting is that when I go to companies in Switzerland, they tell me, "This is a uniquely Swiss problem." And when I go to Germany, they say, "Oh yes, this is the German disease." And when I go to companies in England, they say, "Oh, yeah, the British are really bad at this." And the truth is, this is a human problem. We're all, under certain circumstances, willfully blind. . . .
Canadian Federal Election Day Reminder: October 19th, 2015
Bill Henderson performs his new song "Take Back This Land"; Salt Spring Island, July 2015.
Link to Take Back This Land sung in natural surroundings on Salt Spring Island
Pre-release recording session for Take Back this Land (August 2nd, 2015, still in draft form):
Citizen's Forum Interviews Sharon Noble Director of Stop Smart Meters BC
Published on 14 May 2015
Sharon Noble, Director, Coalition to Stop Smart Meters, has been
investigating whether ITRON's smart meters are causing and contributing to fires. Electrical engineers have identified several design flaws that could lead to fires. For example each meter has a lithium metal battery that explodes when heated or exposed to moisture. Laws have been broken. For example, the meters have not been certified to be safe.
"Meters have failed, melted and burned, but BC Hydro and the government continue to deny these incidents have occurred. No agency has the authority to investigate and demand changes because the government has demanded that the BC Utilities Commission and BC Safety Authority stay out of the smart meter program. If this program is so beneficial and the meters are safe, why is the government preventing investigations by the agencies responsible for our safety?
Coalition website http://www.stopsmartmetersbc.com
Links, FAQ, updates, ElectroSENSITIVITY reported symptoms
This is a generic double-sided card that can be distributed as needed.
They can be handed out as is, but there is a small white space to write shareable personal contact information (e-mail or phone number) if desired/useful.
Published on Jun 11, 2015
This extract from S6 E143 of TV show Dr. Oz discusses the potential harmful effects of cell phone radiation in kids in this segment subtitled Dr. Oz Alert - Why Cell Phones Could Cause Cancer in Kids
Wireless technology has mad elife easier, but there could be a downside. CBS New York
The Wi-Fi Alliance refused to comment: The Wi-Fi Alliance owns and controls the "Wi-Fi Certified" logo, a registered trademark. They are making billions of dollars off this unregulated technology that has never been tested for safety.
190 scientists from 39 countries
Martin Blank, PhD of Columbia University representing 190 international scientists in an Appeal to the UN, UN Member States and the WHO on the risks of electromagnetic fields emitted by telecommunications and utility technologies. Cautioning strongly, Dr. Blank says, "The time to deal with the harmful biological and health effects is long overdue. To protect our children, ourselves and our ecosystem, we must reduce exposure by establishing more protective guidelines." Video produced by ElectromagneticHealth.org on behalf of international scientists and the Appeal Committee.
Scientists call for Protection from Non-ionizing Electromagnetic Field Exposure
We are scientists engaged in the study of biological and health effects of non-ionizing electromagnetic fields (EMF). Based upon peer-reviewed, published research, we have serious concerns regarding the ubiquitous and increasing exposure to EMF generated by electric and wireless devices. These include-but are not limited to-radiofrequency radiation (RFR) emitting devices, such as cellular and cordless phones and their base stations, Wi-Fi, broadcast antennas, smart meters, and baby monitors as well as electric devices and infra-structures used in the delivery of electricity that generate extremely-low frequency electromagnetic field (ELF EMF)."
The Appeal continues, pointing out there is: "Scientific basis for our common concerns: Numerous recent scientific publications have shown that EMF affects living organisms at levels well below most international and national guidelines. Effects include increased cancer risk, cellular stress, increase in harmful free radicals, genetic damages, structural and functional changes of the reproductive system, learning and memory deficits, neurological disorders, and negative impacts on general well-being in humans. Damage goes well beyond the human race, as there is growing evidence of harmful effects to both plant and animal life."
and there are "inadequate non-ionizing EMF international guidelines," and:
"Collectively we also request that:
1. children and pregnant women be protected;
2. guidelines and regulatory standards be strengthened;
3. manufacturers be encouraged to develop safer technology;
4. utilities responsible for the generation, transmission, distribution, and monitoring of electricity maintain adequate power quality and ensure proper electrical wiring to minimize harmful ground current;
5. the public be fully informed about the potential health risks from electromagnetic energy and taught harm reduction strategies;
6. medical professionals be educated about the biological effects of electromagnetic energy and be provided training on treatment of patients with electromagnetic sensitivity;
7. governments fund training and research on electromagnetic fields and health that is independent of industry and mandate industry cooperation with researchers;
8. media disclose experts' financial relationships with industry when citing their opinions regarding health and safety aspects of EMF-emitting technologies; and
9. white-zones (radiation-free areas) be established."
Media-only contacts are at: http://emfscientist.org/index.php/2015-05-03-11-38-59
Excerpt from John Robbins' Book Healthy at 110 dealing with electric and magnetic fields in our society
Excerpt from John Robbins' recent Healthy Lifestyle Expo 2006 talk about his new book, "Healthy at 100." This is a book aimed at baby boomers which looks at studies of 4 cultures where people regularly live to 100, and determine what these cultures have in common that is responsible for longevity and good health.
Local politics -- schools, zoning, council elections -- hit us where we live. So why don't more of us actually get involved? Is it apathy? Dave Meslin says no. He identifies 7 barriers that keep us from taking part in our communities, even when we truly care.
A 7 minute talk worth watching. As you do, think about how these "obstacles and barriers" apply to the smart meter problem, cell towers and the proliferation of other wireless infrastructure in our communities. The government is making it impossible to get information, is refusing to allow input, is lying and misrepresenting, is allowing no choice. If we, as a growing number of concerned citizens, all continue to work together as we have now for many years, we can knock down the obstacles and garner support and active participation. Together, we need to figure out how to do this in effective ways, regardless of governmental bureaucracy, BC Hydro and an uncooperative media.
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"Wi-Fi: Is It Safe?"
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