|Pierre Maudet, Mayor of Geneva, June 2011-May 2012.|
Wi-Fi: What Benefit?
Tribune de Genève, 15 July 2011
The Mayor of Geneva is promoting free Wi-Fi as an amenity for the Genevois. Wi-Fi can cause health problems for certain persons who are sensitive to the electromagnetic waves it emits. WHO has declared that these waves are possibly carcinogenic. This demonstrates a lack of responsibility on the part of our authorities, especially to have installed Wi-Fi in museums and libraries which are frequented by children. Children are more sensitive to such pollution. I would like to draw the mayor's attention to the recent resolution of the Council of Europe, of which Switzerland is a member, on the "potential danger of electromagnetic fields and their effects on the environment". It suggests the creation of "white zones" free of wireless networks for "electrosensitive" persons and the determination of places to erect all new antennas: Wi-Fi, WiMax, UTMS, GMS in agreement not only with the area authorities, but also with the inhabitants concerned.