My dream for us is to become the beginning of the Responsible Communities Movement in North American. We’d be the first North American city to follow the recommendations of the International Commission for Electromagnetic Safety (ICEMS), as described in Benevento Resolution that came out of the commission’s 2006 conference in Benevento, Italy.
Scientists there resolved that, in addition to following guidelines designed to help protect individual wireless-technology users, responsible communities would also decide to protect the so-called unsuspecting public, aka The People. [This] would also assure that individuals and families who choose not to use wireless technologies (along with the plants and animals) would be protected from harmful electromagnetic fields when out in public places.
What if Asheville didn’t follow the crowd pawing at higher and higher speed (and harmful high and low frequencies) and was brave enough to do the following (from the Resolution):
• “Protect workers from EMF generating equipment, through access restrictions and EMF shielding of both individuals and physical structures.
• “Plan communications antenna and tower locations to minimize human exposure.
• “Register mobile phone base stations with local planning agencies and use computer mapping technology to inform the public on possible exposures.
• “Proposals for city-wide wireless access systems (e.g. Wi-Fi, WIMAX, broadband over cable or power-line or equivalent technologies) should require public review of potential EMF exposure and … ensure this information is available to all and updated on a timely basis.
• “Designate wireless-free zones … in public buildings (schools, hospitals, residential areas) and, on public transit, to permit access by persons who are hypersensitive to EMF.”
Evidence [supporting] the conclusion that many of our now-common new technologies are harmful to our natural biological rhythms—and therefore, our ongoing health and well-being—is mounting … .
C’mon, friends! Let’s not let ourselves be fascinated by every new communications invention. While they are potentially ideal for a fast-paced, global society (questionably sustainable as that is), it’s just too harmful.
Get educated! … Protect yourselves and your neighbors now!
Ask your City Council members and county planners to follow the wisdom coming out of the old country—a much older and wiser society than ours.
— Arjuna da Silva