Global offline hour

Honeybee on Dandelion


As I write this, much of the world is under a ‘Lock down’. Businesses closed unless absolutely necessary for distributing food, power and medical supplies to each nation’s population. Many have been ‘Furlonged’, sent home under the Government’s generous payment of 80% of their wages. Others of the vast self employed and tech industry, continue working from home, some seeing their businesses end overnight as all events, weddings, parties, exhibitions are closed. Some businesses busier than ever as they rally round supporting the new demand for online shopping, online courses, even Zumba.
Meanwhile the media is sharing the horror of overworked hospital staff, lack of hospital beds, and mortuary space due to the COVID 19 Pandemic.

Staying connected

It would follow then that we would all be happy with faster internet connection during this time when we are desperate to maintain contact with our friends and family.
My post today is not about coping in isolation, ( although I could well write about that, following my 7 years bed and housebound with Ehlers Danlos) i have been driven to write about something that you may feel is completely unrelated to the current crisis.

I am currently working on compiling the content for a bee Exhibition and one of the subject matters is the various environmental issues that are contributing to CCD, Colony Colapse disorder in the global population of bees.
It is well documented now that the toxic cocktail of neonicotinoids and fungicides have a big role to play, but maybe not so well know about the effects of Electromagnetic Fields (EMF) radiation.

As I was compiling the references and research on this subject, one comment stopped me in my tracks. Former UN Editor on Drugs and Crime, anti Terrorism, and the ‘peaceful use of outer space’, Claire Edwards, gave up ALL of her current projects and work because she believes that once she learned of the dangers of the new 5G technology, she felt it was the most important issue on the planet today. This made me wonder why.

So what exactly is 5g?

It would be natural to think that it is just a more efficient version of 4G, however it isn’t. 5G is using a whole new spectrum of high frequency waves, micro-waves. This is to enable us to have faster downloads, smart energy, smart cars, and smart homes. Because the wavelength is more like a beam than a gentle wave, it can be blocked by solid objects and so many, many more transmitters are needed to connect each device. In bewteen the transmitters will be a direct beam of high frequency mm waves, creating an Electromagnetic force (EMF) 


Health concerns

If you are to research 5G, you’ll find plenty about the advantages of a ‘Smart new future’, 5G will be beamed down to earth from new satellites, we will be able to control many aspects of our life through this new internet and businesses will be able to become more efficient. The whole Globe will have this new technology at their fingertips.If you look up the risks, the results are polarised. It has taken me lots of time and reading to get to the bottom of why there are two extremes of thought. Interestingly, most of the scientific research has been done by biologists and bee scientists. The results they are finding are concerning. Even before 5G, mobile telephones were placed beside beehives in 2013 to monitor the effects. Each time the phone connected with a call or data, the bees inside the hive froze. When disconnected the bees carried on as normal. When left connected continually, 50% colony died. Bees contain magnetite in their abdomens which are linked to their navigation system, just like birds and whales. 

Another research showed “The results suggest that 50 Hz ELF EMFs emitted from powerlines may represent a prominent environmental stressor for honey bees, with the potential to impact on their cognitive and motor abilities, which could in turn reduce their ability to pollinate crops.” 

Why argue about these facts?

it all comes down to belief, just as there’s a conflict of belief between naturopaths and conventional Western Doctors. The ‘block’ as it were, is human skin. One group of scientists believe that EMF radiation cannot penetrate human skin and so therefore cannot be linked to any forming of tumours etc. Pro Radiation scientists believe that skin is a solid barrier and so EMF radiation has NO effect on the body. (Dr Bushman) Anti EMF scientists believe that human sweat ducts act as an array of tiny helix shaped antennas when exposed to milimeter waves..( Dr Feldman) and so these allow the waves to pass through the skin.

My question therefore is how does a Chicken cook in a microwave oven? 

Symptoms of EMF radiation are as follows:

  • sleep disturbances, including insomnia
  • headache
  • depression and depressive symptoms
  • tiredness and fatigue
  • dysesthesia (a painful, often itchy sensation)
  • lack of concentration
  • changes in memory
  • dizziness
  • irritability
  • loss of appetite and weight loss
  • restlessness and anxiety
  • nausea
  • skin burning and tingling
  • changes in an electroencephalogram (which measures electrical activity in the brain)



Global offline hour

There is SO much more to write about this subject, regarding ionizing and non-ionizing waves, 5G roll outs etc. However, I was driven to DO something, and so I arranged this Gobal offline hour for Saturday 4th April 2020. During this hour, I am requesting that we all dis-connect from our wifi and telephones. This hour can be spent doing your daily exercise, meditating, baking, chatting with your family, or whoever you are in isolation with.

Why bother?

My reasoning is that , like me, when you gain an understanding about how vast the 5G roll out is, it’s easy to feel powerless, and that our voice is a tiny sound, that will not be heard, least of all acted upon. With the current situation, even meeting up in a pub with a few friends to discuss it is illegal, and marching with thousands of others in Parliament square is definitely not an option. The Extinction Rebellion protests are definitely not an option this summer. What does that leave for us to express our views? 

Birds and bees

This article from 2018 in The Telegraph shares research by Eklipse and uK charity Buglife concerned that installing 5G on street lights would attract insects to the transmitters.

Power of the pound.

The most important thing that is all too easy to forget is the power of our £ pound, or $dollar. Almost all of the developments that go on in our world are driven by commerce, and we can choose what we want to support. 5G will not work on a non 5G phone. We don’t have to have smart meters, smart cars or smart homes. By consciously purchasing products that are in alignment with the world you want to be living in, we do have tremendous power. We only have to remember how plastic straws became a completely unsuitable product in a matter of months. This was entirely due to ‘people power’ we just stopped buying them! It is now quite a shock to see any establishment using plastic straws.

If you feel concerned, please join me, offline, on Saturday at noon, wherever you are in the world, continuing through to midday on Sunday 5th April. Creating a ‘Mexican wave’ across the world of wifi silence.


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