International and Individual Actions

The 5G EMF Appeal was signed by more than 250 EU scientists and doctors from 43 nations urgently calling for protective EMF guidelines until the serious potential hazards for human health and the environment have been fully investigated by scientists independent from industry.

The 5G Space Appeal, (see below) is signed by over 260,000 international scientists, medical doctors and engineers warning against the harmful effects of electromagnetic fields on humans, animals and the environment, was delivered to the Prime Minister early in 2020.

Groups and individuals have written letters and signed  petitions noting their strong objection to 5G knowing that it substantially increases exposure to electromagnetic fields proven harmful for humans. As nobody can avoid this massive increase in exposure to radiation, we require the government properly to attend to the evidence, and, because and there is no research showing it is safe, properly protect health.

INTERNATIONAL APPEAL : Stop 5G on Earth and in Space

There are 251,932 signatories from 214 nations and territories as of April 23rd, 2020

To the UN, WHO, EU, Council of Europe
and governments of all nations

We the undersigned scientists, doctors, environmental organizations and citizens from (__) countries, urgently call for a halt to the deployment of the 5G (fifth generation) wireless network, including 5G from space satellites. 5G will massively increase exposure to radio frequency (RF) radiation on top of the 2G, 3G and 4G networks for telecommunications already in place. RF radiation has been proven harmful for humans and the environment. The deployment of 5G constitutes an experiment on humanity and the environment that is defined as a crime under international law.

Executive summary

Telecommunications companies worldwide, with the support of governments, are poised within the next two years to roll out the fifth-generation wireless network (5G). This is set to deliver what is acknowledged to be unprecedented societal change on a global scale. We will have “smart” homes, “smart” businesses, “smart” highways, “smart” cities and self-driving cars. Virtually everything we own and buy, from refrigerators and washing machines to milk cartons, hairbrushes and infants’ diapers, will contain antennas and microchips and will be connected wirelessly to the Internet. Every person on Earth will have instant access to super-high-speed, low- latency wireless communications from any point on the planet, even in rainforests, mid-ocean and the Antarctic.

What is not widely acknowledged is that this will also result in unprecedented environmental change on a global scale. The planned density of radio frequency transmitters is impossible to envisage. In addition to millions of new 5G base stations on Earth and 20,000 new satellites in space, 200 billion transmitting objects, according to estimates, will be part of the Internet of Things by 2020, and one trillion objects a few years later. Commercial 5G at lower frequencies and slower speeds was deployed in Qatar, Finland and Estonia in mid-2018. The rollout of 5G at extremely high (millimetre wave) frequencies is planned to begin at the end of 2018.

Despite widespread denial, the evidence that radio frequency (RF) radiation is harmful to life is already overwhelming. The accumulated clinical evidence of sick and injured human beings, experimental evidence of damage to DNA, cells and organ systems in a wide variety of plants and animals, and epidemiological evidence that the major diseases of modern civilization—cancer, heart disease and diabetes—are in large part caused by electromagnetic pollution, forms a literature base of well over 10,000 peer-reviewed studies.

If the telecommunications industry’s plans for 5G come to fruition, no person, no animal, no bird, no insect and no plant on Earth will be able to avoid exposure, 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, to levels of RF radiation that are tens to hundreds of times greater than what exists today, without any possibility of escape anywhere on the planet. These 5G plans threaten to provoke serious, irreversible effects on humans and permanent damage to all of the Earth’s ecosystems.

Immediate measures must be taken to protect humanity and the environment, in accordance with ethical imperatives and international agreements.

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History of warnings against wireless technology

1993: Environmental Protection Agency (EPA): The FCC’s exposure standards are “seriously flawed.”
Official comments to the FCC on guidelines for evaluation of electromagnetic effects of radio frequency radiation, FCC Docket ET 93-62, November 9, 1993.

1993: Food and Drug Administration (FDA): “FCC rules do not address the issue of long-term, chronic exposure to RF fields.” Comments of the FDA to the FCC, November 10, 1993.

1993: National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH):The FCC’s standard is inadequate because it “is based on only one dominant mechanism—adverse health effects caused by body heating.”
Comments of NIOSH to the FCC, January 11, 1994.

1994: Amateur Radio Relay League Bio-Effects Committee: “The FCC’s standard does not protect against non-thermal effects.” Comments of the ARRL Bio-Effects Committee to the FCC, January 7, 1994.

2000: UK Department of Education: Children under 16 should not use cell phones except in an emergency.  Read More

2002: Interdisciplinary Society for Environmental Medicine (3000 physicians in Germany) recommends banning cell phone use by children and banning cell phones and cordless phones in preschools, schools, hospitals, nursing homes, events halls, public buildings and vehicles. Read More

2003: American Bird Conservancy and Forest Conservation Council:Brought a lawsuit against the FCC because millions of migratory birds were being disoriented by microwave radiation and crashing into cell towers. Read More

2004: International Association of Fire Fighters opposes communication antennas on fire stations. Read More

2005: Salzburg, Austria’s Public Health Department bans WLAN and DECT phones in public schools. Read More

August 2005: Austrian Medical Association: Warns against Wi-Fi, cordless phones, and cell phone use by children. Read More

August 2005: Vienna Medical Association warns against Wi-Fi, and cell phone use by children up to age 16. Read More

2006: Frankfurt, Germany’s government states it will not install WiFi in its schools until it has been shown to be harmless. Read More

2006: UK schools remove their wireless networks: Prebandal Preparatory School, Chichester, West Sussex; Ysgol Pantycelyn School in Carmarthenshirem, Wales; and Stowe School, in Buckinghamshire, England. London Times, November 20, 2006. Read More

2007: Ballinderry Primary School, Ireland: Removed Wi-Fi to protect young children. Read More

2007 Bavaria, Germany’s Parliament recommends against Wi-Fi in schools. Read More

2007 Australian Democrats: The “explosion in wireless communications technology” is causing widespread illness. Read More

2007: European Environmental Agency, Europe’s top environmental watchdog, calls for immediate action to reduce exposure to radiation from Wi-Fi, mobile phones and their masts. Read More

2008: International Commission on Electromagnetic Safety (comprised of scientists from 16 nations): Recommends limiting cell phone use by children, teenagers, pregnant women and the elderly. Read More

2007: Therold, Ontario closes down its citywide Wi-Fi pilot scheme. Read More

2008: Lakehead University, Ontario bans Wi-Fi on campus. Read More

2008: Madhya Pradesh, India: Bans cell phones in schools by both students and teachers. Read More

2008: National Library of France: Removes Wi-Fi because of health concerns and limits installation to cable connections. Read More

2008: Paris, France removes Wi-Fi from four public libraries because of health concerns. Read More

2008 Sainte-Geneviève University, Paris: Removes Wi-Fi from its library because of health concerns. Read More

2008: Progressive Librarians Guild recommends against wireless technology in libraries. Read More

2008: Russian National Committee for Non-Ionizing Radiation Protection warns that cell phones are unsafe even for short conversations. Children under 16, pregnant women, epileptics, and people with memory loss, sleep disorders and neurological diseases should never use cell phones. Read More

2008 Sebastopol, California: Reneges on its contract to install city-wide Wi-Fi. Read More

2008: University of Pittsburgh Cancer Institute: Children should never use a cell phone except in an emergency. Read More

2008: Voice (UK Teachers Union) calls for a ban on Wi-Fi in schools. Read More

2009: Hérouville Saint-Clair, France: Bans Wi-Fi in public schools. Read More

2009: Irish Doctors Environmental Association: Warns that current safety guidelines are “not appropriate.” Read More

2009: Karnataka State, India: Bans cell phones in all schools and pre-university colleges. Read More

May 2009: U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service urges Congress to focus on the potential connection between electromagnetic fields and “Bee Colony Collapse”. Read More

December, 2010: French Parliament passes a law prohibiting advertising cell phones to children under 14; prohibits children up to age 14 from using cell phones in pre-schools and public schools; requires cell phones to be labeled with SAR values and a recommendation to use headsets. Read More

May 27, 2011: Council of Europe passes a resolution recommending wired Internet connections in schools, and the creation of radiation-free zones to protect electrosensitive people. Read More.

August 30, 2011: The Israeli Ministry of Education publishes guidelines strictly limiting the use of mobile phones on all school grounds, citing children’s and youths’ increased risk of malignant tumors and the “passive exposure” experienced by children who do not use phones.
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September 8, 2011: Pretty River Academy in Collingwood, Ontario removes WiFi from campus as a precaution, joining Roots and Wings Montessori school in Surrey, British Columbia. Read More; Read More

Feb 13, 2012: Citing safety concerns, the Ontario English Catholic Teacher’s Association representing 45,000 teachers, is calling for a ban on new Wi-Fi installations in the province’s 1,400-plus Catholic schools and advocating that computers in all new schools should be hardwired as well. Read More

March, 2012: the Austrian Medical Association (ÖAK) releases guidelines for the diagnosis and treatment of health problems caused by exposure to electromagnetic fields.
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June 19, 2012: The Russian National Committee on Non-Ionizing Radiation Protection has officially recommended that WiFi not be used in schools. Read More.

25 Aug 2012: Israeli Minister of Health Rabi Yaakov Litzman states that he supports calls to action for a ban on Wi-Fi in schools. Read More

5 July 2013: Supreme Court of India upholds a decision of the High Court of the State of Rajasthan to remove all cell towers from the vicinity of schools, colleges, hospitals and playgrounds because of radiation “hazardous to life.”  The over 200-page November 27, 2012 Rajasthan decision reviews worldwide evidence that cell towers are harming human beings and wildlife.  Read More

15 Aug 2013: Elementary Teachers Federation of Ontario, representing 76,000 teachers, recommends that cell phones be turned off in classrooms, and that all WiFi transmitters be labeled as part of a hazard control program.  Read More

16 Sept 2013: City of Mumbai, India adopts a policy prohibiting cell towers on schools, colleges, hospitals, orphanages, and juvenile correction homes; prohibiting nearby antennas from being directed toward such buildings; and requiring that antennas on such buildings be removed.  The policy also requires the approval of 70% of the residents of an apartment or condominium building, and the approval of 100% of the residents of the top floor, before antennas are installed on the roof.  Read More

4 Jan 2014: High Court of West Bengal, India ordered a cell tower removed because “The radiation of the said tower is dangerous to the life of human beings and also flora and fauna causing severe imbalance to the wholesome environment which is emancipated as one of the basic fundamental rights included with right to life as enshrined in Article 21 of the Constitution of India.”

20 April 2016: City of Haifa, Israel bans WiFi in schools. WiFi is ordered immediately removed from all kindergartens and schools in the city to protect the children from radiation. A wired internet system is being installed in all schools.

September 2018: Cell phones to be banned in primary and middle schools in France. As of the beginning of the 2018 school year, cell phones will be banned not only in classrooms but at breaks, lunch times and between lessons “as a matter of public health.”


Vienna Resolution 1998
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Salzburg Resolution 2000
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Declaration of Alcalá 2002
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Catania Resolution 2002
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Freiburger Appeal 2002
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Bamberger Appeal 2004
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Maintaler Appeal 2004
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Coburger Appeal 2005
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Stockacher Appeal 2005
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Oberammergauer Appeal 2005
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Haibacher Appeal 2005
Pfarrkirchener Appeal 2005
Freienbacher Appeal 2005
Lichtenfelser Appeal 2005
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Hofer Appeal 2005
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Helsinki Appeal 2005
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Parish Kirchner Appeal 2005

Saarlander Appeal 2005
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Benevento Resolution 2006
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Allgäuer Appeal 2006

WiMax Appeal 2006
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Brussels Appeal 2007
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Schlüchterner appeal
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Venice Resolution 2008
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Berlin Appeal 2008
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Paris Appeal 2009
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London Resolution 2009
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Porto Alegre Resolution 2009
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European Parliament EMF Resolution 2009
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Dutch Appeal 2009
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Int’l Appeal of Würzburg 2010

2011 Council of Europe:  “Remove wireless from schools”