Dear Friends of ELIANT,
The news is currently (and justifiably) dominated by the war in Ukraine and the supply of energy. However, the huge challenges that threaten our livelihoods, even in peace time, have not gone away – on the contrary! But the more people feel called upon to meet these challenges constructively, the greater is the help that can be offered to our planet. Some ideas in this direction can be found in the booklet Breathing with the Climate crisis available here as a pdf .
Seeds as the basis of life
By cutting, editing or switching off strands of DNA using the technology of modern genetics changes are being made to the plant's genome and hence to the genetic material of organisms whose consequences are unknown. That is why all genetic modification procedures must be strictly regulated and always declared! This is the purpose of the petition supported by ELIANT and its partners – "Keep new GM food strictly regulated and labelled" – which you can sign here until 20th November 2022! It would be great if you could also forward it to others!
Age-appropriate digital education – the human foundation for life
Our alliance partner ECSWE has been successfully engaging with this for several years. Two important milestones are: Firstly the HERMMES – project and secondly its input to the UN report "Impact of the digitalisation of education on the right to education" . ECSWEs position paper has been cited several times in this report and is also available in full text from the relevant UN website.
On November 30th, 12.00 to 13.30 ECSWE and the Alliance for Childhood invite to Brussels to participate in the event Media maturity and how to build it. For more information click here.
5G and the internet of things: Wireless radiation affects biological systems
The internet of things is on the way and is no doubt of importance to the economy – but it does come with significant health risks.
The World Health Organisation (WHO) describes wireless radiation as being potentially carcinogenic. This means it is classified a carcinogen of category B which also includes lead, DDT pesticides and chloroform. Electro-sensitivity has now been given the code Z58 in the ICD catalogue of the WHO and therefore has statutory diagnostic recognition. Already in 2011 the European Council recommended to: "Pay particular attention to "electro-sensitive" persons suffering from a syndrome of intolerance to electromagnetic fields and introduce special measures to protect them, including the creation of wave-free areas not covered by the wireless network" (Resolution 1815). Since there are still no universally convincing long term studies funded independently of the mobile phone industry, those urging caution are right in that adequate results must be available before a comprehensive roll out of the mobile phone network takes place.
ELIANT is therefore supporting the European petition Wireless radiation is neither safe nor healthy which you can sign. In democracies large numbers are needed in order to bring about change. That is what we as a civil society organisation are called on to do and we are glad to contribute through our ELIANT initiative.
With warm greetings and best wishes for your health and that of the planet
on behalf of the ELIANT team
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