Electrosmog: The Acid Rain of Today

December 4, 2016:  The Green Gazette, which serves Cariboo-Chilcotin British Columbia,  posted this article in their November 14, 2016 Issue: Electrosmog:  The acid rain of today by Magda Havas.  The article is based on some of the evidence I presented to HESA, Report of the Standing Committee on Health on Radiofrequency Electromagnetic Radiation and the Health of Canadians.

screen-shot-2016-12-04-at-8-28-51-pmFew people who follow postings on my website realize that – prior to doing research on electromagnetic pollution – I did research on acid rain and metal pollution.  I started that research in 1975 and continued it until 1995, when my interests shifted to another controversial topic – electrosmog.

Acid rain was just as controversial in the 1980s as are the harmful effects of electromagnetic pollution today.  Indeed, there are many similarities between these two pollutants in scientific debatesstories from the industries responsible for the pollution; and activists attempting to bring about change by influencing policy makers.  The major difference is/was government response.

We had several excellent politicians who took acid rain seriously and, like many people who go into politics, they wanted to make a difference.  Those two politicians in Canada were Charles Caccia, who became Minister of the Environment federally and Jim Bradley who was Ontario’s Minister of the Environment.  The fact that they were both powerful and principled individuals made all the difference.  They stood up to opposition and prevailed.  Because of them and many others who helped the Canadian Coalition on Acid Rain, lead by Adele Hurley and Michael Perley, we have clean air legislation that improved air quality and turned my research from studying dead and dying lakes to documenting their recovery.

What we lack now is anyone in a position of authority in government who is willing to take a stand to make our environment cleaner from an electromagnetic perspective. This will take a very special person who understands the issues involved, is willing to stand up to some fierce opposition, and knows how to move things through government.

Others are/were trying … Rick Nicholls introduced a Private Member’s Bill in February 2015, Bill 161, Elimination of Ground Current Pollution Act 2016, that was dismissed by the Winn government.

Terence Young, a Conservative Member of the House of Commons in Ottawa representing Oakville, worked tirelessly to bring awareness to Members of Parliament and the Federal Health Minister about the harmful effects of wireless technology and the flaws with Health Canada’s Safety Code 6. Unfortunately he lost his seat in the last election.

Until we can find a politician to champion this cause, it is important that the public becomes aware of the potentially harmful effects of wireless technology within their surroundings so they can make informed choices about what they are willing or unwilling to be exposed to.

There are now many activist organizations trying to do just that … inform the public.  Some focus on Wi-Fi in schools, others on smart meters, others on ground current and a few are much broader in their scope.  One of those groups is  Canadians for Safe Technology (c4st).  This non-profit group headed by Frank Clegg–former President of Microsoft Canada–has a mission to educate and inform Canadians and their policy makers about the dangers of the exposures to unsafe levels of radiation from technology and to work with all levels of government to create healthier communities for children and families from coast to coast.

The article in the Green Gazette is also intended to raise awareness.  You can view it here.

Here is one paragraph from that article:

In the 1940s, US Navy labs documented illness among radar equipment operators. Back then it was called microwave illness. Today it is called electrohypersensitivity (EHS). Radar operators were made sick by the same frequencies later used for the microwave oven, which originally was called the radar range. The same frequencies are now used in Wi-Fi devices. We wouldn’t want to live near a radar installation, yet we generate radar frequencies in our home with our wireless technology.