PRESS RELEASE: School Boards Ignore Evidence of Wireless Risks
Una St.Clair-Moniz, Director, Citizens for Safe Technology,
778-858-0588 - stclair@... July 9, 2009
School Boards Ignore Evidence of Wireless Risks
World renowned scientists are stating current safety standards are inadequate to protect the public from ill health effects of microwave radiation from wireless devices, including cell phones and wireless internet, and children are most at risk.
This newly emerging scientific information is worrying a growing number of parents in the Lower Mainland. Submissions have been made to The Conseil Scolaire Francophone of BC (CSF, Francophone School Board) and the Langley School District advocating for the precautionary measure of hard wiring school computers to protect children.
However, concerns are being ignored; Wi-Fi is being installed in Langley Fine Arts School and the CSF refuses to remove their existing Wi-Fi system even after receiving scientific documents showing evidence of harm.
Last month, Los Angeles School Board passed a unanimous resolution to protect children by restricting cellular antennae on school properties and hardwiring computers in schools, and France is restricting cell phones and dismantling Wi-Fi in schools. The British Teachers' Union is calling for immediate dismantling of Wi-Fi in all schools due to health concerns.
Locally, scientists from Washington and Trent Universities have written open letters to school boards, teachers and parents recommending that they err on the side of caution by hard wiring computers in schools. However, all calls for caution have been ignored even when growing scientific evidence shows a range of ill health effects from exposure to low intensity electromagnetic radiation.
Studies also show that multiple wirelessly connected computers in classrooms can result in microwave radiation exposure much higher than one computer being used alone. This increased classroom radiation level has been compared to being in the main beam of a close range cell tower with similar health risks.
Dr. Magda Havas, PhD, Associate Professor of Environmental & Resource Studies from Trent University, Toronto, will be speaking out at Langley United Church, 5673 - 200th Street at 7:15 p.m. on July 17, 2009.
Dr. Havas will be helping people discover ways to protect themselves and their children from potentially damaging health impacts of this untested and unregulated technology.
Dr. Havas has recently co-authored a book called "Public Health SOS: The Shadow Side of the Wireless Revolution". The US National Institute for Science, Law and Public Policy has just sent this book to President Obama, Senators and Congressmen and thousands of environmental journalists.