A group calling itself Action Against 5G has raised £105,000 in a crowdfunding campaign to support a lawsuit that will seek to prevent the ongoing expansion of 5G networks in the UK. The group has used the money to secure the services of Michael Mansfield, a barrister who has handled several high-profile legal cases that garnered national attention in the past.
As the advocate for Action Against 5G, Mansfield has already moved forward with the first stage of the group’s legal challenge. The barrister has sent a letter to the government, and will soon ask the High Court to hear the case in full. The group’s broader goal is to trigger a judicial review that will force the government to listen to their demands.
Action Against 5G primarily argues that there are significant health risks associated with 5G towers, and that the government has ignored those risks as the network has expanded.
“Before 5G can be imposed on us all with potentially devastating effects on our health and the environment, we need proper independent reviews of all research into the health risks, and reviews of the science concerning the potential environmental impact.”
Public Health England has acknowledged that 5G may increase people’s exposure to radio waves, but stressed that overall levels will still be well below the recommended guidelines laid out by the International Commission on Non-Ionizing Radiation Protection. As a result, 5G networks should pose no long-term risk to public health.
However, those assurances have not deterred Action Against 5G, which remains convinced that 5G will do irreversible damage to humans and the environment. The group is also asking for an opt-out clause for children and other vulnerable individuals, although its unclear how that would work since a 5G tower provides wireless coverage for an entire geographic area.
5G has been a popular target for conspiracy theorists in the past, most notably when they alleged that 5G towers were responsible for the spread of COVID-19. Those claims were debunked by independent British fact checkers and the GSMA, but not before vandals committed several acts of arson against mobile phone masts in the UK.
In the meantime, British telecoms have moved forward with their plans for 5G networks that will eventually cover the entire United Kingdom. The British government has ordered the removal of Huawei’s 5G equipment due to security concerns associated with the company.
Source: Metro UK