Wireless and the Environment

You can help protect the environment by taking a few simple, easy actions.

  • 1) Turn your cellphone OFF or onto airplane mode when not making a call. (Airplane mode is supposed to turn off all transmitters. Double-check that it does for your cellphone.) Cellphones on standby - the setting whereby you can receive a call - transmit to a tower and the tower transmits back every few seconds, resulting in increased levels of radiation harmful to bees and other creatures. In fact, cellphones on standby, kept on your body can cause cancer, see http://www.ktvu.com/videos/news/special-report-keeping-cell-phone-in-bra-may-lead/vhPF8/

  • 2) Use a corded landline phone for most calls. In addition to helping bees, this is recommended for safety reasons by many countries and experts. It also saves energy - wireless technology uses much more energy than wired.

  • 3) Turn off your WiFi when not in use. WiFi also uses regular bursts of radiation to maintain a connection. Turning off your WiFi will also result in reduced radiation from the system antennas around you, helping to protect bees.

  • 4) Use wired connections whenever possible. Make sure your computer's transmitters (WiFi, bluetooth, GPS) are turned off. In addition to helping bees and other creatures, turning off the transmitters will increase the battery life for laptops, tablets, etc. Furthermore, experts and medical organizations recommend children avoid exposure to radiation from wireless devices (http://wifiinschools.org.uk/resources/safeschools2012.pdf).

    There are other points that may help you understand how to further reduce your contribution to the elevated levels of radiofrequency radiation in the environment.

    • It is more energy efficient to operate locally, than out of the cloud. Use local operations whenever possible. It also reduces ambient radiofrequency radiation substantially.

    • Repeatedly streaming video or audio is much less energy efficient than downloading once and re-playing locally. Re-playing locally also saves you and the environment from additional exposures to radiofrequency radiation, if you are using wireless.

    • If the program you want is only streamed, use a fully wired connection. Check your hardware, a lot of wired hardware transmits as the default. Wireless devices transmit strongly while streaming.

    • Standard radios do not transmit, only receive, so they make the best option to listen to programs on the go. (Satellite radios are an exception. They transmit.)

      Bees, frogs, birds, bats and many other critters thank you for using your wireless wisely and sparingly.

      Please spread the word so that we do not end up with the ultimate in silent springs. It is starting already. Read this article about the disappearance of birds after the installation of transmitting utility meters. This is not the only article making such links.

      Please see the Earth Day Every Day page page for more background and other actions you can take to help protect our planet

      Visit the Solutions page at www.electricalpollution.com for a list of steps you can take to reduce your exposure to radiofrequencies in your home and work environments.

Last updated March 23, 2013