5G From Space Could Accelerate Deforestation and Kill Insects

save this tree from 5GArthur Firstenberg, author of The Invisible Rainbow: A History of Electricity and Life writes: "There is a pervasive threat to insects, oceans, wildlife, and forests which has gone unrecognized and which cannot continue to be ignored. This is the electromagnetic soup in which we have immersed our world since the 1990s, courtesy of wireless technology. The rapidity with which this radiation is intensifying right now on land and sea due to 5G antennas and satellites is incredible. Living things cannot withstand it. Unless we join together and put a halt to it we have no chance of survival."

The availability of 5G from space could also accelerate deforestation!

An email message recently sent from SpaceX regarding its Starlink Internet satellite swarm comes with a set of Frequently Asked Questions, one of which states:

“Starlink needs a clear view of the sky to ensure continuous, best quality service. Your Starlink should have a view of the sky free from obstructions such as trees... Your Starlink needs to be able to ‘see’ every part of the sky where a satellite it is communicating with may fly. This is your Starlink's 'field of view.'... This is important as even small obstructions (single tree, pole, etc.) can interrupt your service.”

Considering that 700,000 Americans who live and travel in remote locations have already expressed interest in receiving Internet from space once Starlink is up and running, this could be an incentive to cut down trees all over the world.

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There's a template for a letter you can send to the Sierra Club, Audubon Society, Greenpeace, or however many other environmental organizations you can think of. You can write to organizations that you are connected with in your country. Compose your own letter, or feel free to use what Arthur has drafted. You can send him copies of any favorable responses you receive and contact him if you wish to work with him in this endeavor.

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MICHAEL “SKEETER” PILARSKI is a life-long student of plants and earth repair. His farming career started in 2nd grade and his organic farming career began in 1972 at age 25. Michael founded Friends of the Trees Society in 1978 and took his first permaculture design course in 1982. Since 1988 he has taught 36 permaculture design courses in the US and abroad. His specialties include earth repair, agriculture, seed collecting, nursery sales, tree planting, fruit picking, permaculture, agroforestry, forestry, ethnobotany, medicinal herb growing, hoeing and wildcrafting. He has hands-on experience with over 1000 species of plants. He is a prolific gathering organizer and likes group singing.