An internet petition was launched recently against the rollout of 5G in the United Kingdom and has earned over 22,000 signatures. The petition is calling for “further independent investigation” into the harmful effects, specifically radio waves, of 5G technology. If the petition reaches 100,000 signatures, it will be considered for debate in parliament.
A written response to the petition was given by the UK government, which denies that the technology poses a health risk, stating:
“Exposure to radio waves has been researched and reviewed. The evidence suggests exposure from 5G radio systems within current guidelines does not pose a risk to public health or the environment.”
However, not all experts are convinced that 5G is safe. A group of over 230 scientists and doctors has voiced their concerns with the 5G appeal, which is proposing a moratorium on 5G technology. Launched on September 13, 2017, the 5G appeal has been translated into seven different languages.
“5G will substantially increase exposure to radiofrequency electromagnetic fields RF-EMF, that has been proven to be harmful to humans and the environment,” read the appeal’s headline.
The group claims that the effects of increased levels of EMFs can lead to “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.”
The appeal also put forth a number of studies that are claimed to “convincingly confirm” the health risks posed by 5G and wireless technology.
One study from the National Toxicology Program shows “a statistically significant increase in the incidence of brain and heart cancer in animals exposed to EMF below the ICNIRP (International Commission on Non-Ionizing Radiation Protection) guidelines followed by most countries.”
While the cancer agency of the World Health Organisation (WHO) stated that “EMFs of frequencies 30 kHz – 300 GHz are possibly carcinogenic to humans,” which falls under 5G’s spectrum of 600 MHz to 6 GHz.
The 5G appeal made a number of recommendations to the EU, including to halt the 5G RF-EMF expansion until further research can take place.