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September/October 2013
A Green Manifesto

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The Ghost at our Table
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The Ghost at our Table

Lynne Wycherley reviews a beautiful, urgent film. Resonance: Beings of Frequency directed by James Russell. Patient Zero Productions, 2012.

The film Resonance: Beings of Frequency is a visual poem. It uncovers the delicate, electromagnetic harmony between the Earth and her children: not only human beings, but also our fellow birds and insects. This is contrasted with the sea of artificial microwaves we have created: the arguably toxic output of millions of mobile phone masts, Wi-Fi routers and cordless phone transmitters, soon to be joined by ‘smart meters’.

With very little funding, and a great deal of courage, director James Russell has unveiled a taboo subject of our age: the rage for ‘mobile’ products, fuelled by marketing, is creating an electromagnetic environment that may be alien to our biology.

No green vision is complete without confronting this exponential change. It is the ghost at our table: busy with microwave gadgets, we do not hear the voices of warning scientists. Aware of studies showing that weak microwaves can alter gene expression, geneticist Mae-Wan Ho compares Wi-Fi exposure to passive smoking: a toxin best removed from public spaces.

The film begins with a beautiful meditation on the Schumann Resonance, the atmospheric pulse of our planet. Such is our inbuilt harmony with the Earth, our only home, that we have evolved a matching brain frequency. Studies in the 1960s revealed that we become sick if we are cut off from this resonance. Disturbingly, the microwave pollution from our millions of mobile phone masts now means the Schumann Resonance can be measured only far out at sea.

Petal by petal, the electromagnetic sensitivity of life on Earth is revealed. Even DNA, it seems, replicates by way of frequency. And in common with other fauna (and many plants), humans carry an electromagnetic-sensitive protein called cryptochrome – one that is vital to bird and bee navigation. A feature of colony collapse disorder is that bees fail to return home: studies suggest that few bees return to hives closely exposed to microwave signals. In his narrative, James Russell asks: are bees affected by the recent “gargantuan change” in our electromagnetic environment? Acutely sensitive, can they thrive on a microwave-busy planet?

The film exposes mobile phone radiation standards that are shockingly inadequate for children: on average, Western children receive their first phone at the tender age of eight. It also asks: why have scientists found increased cancer rates around phone masts? Does the radiation impair resistance? Soft-spoken scientists give rare interviews: voices too often lost in our corporate world.

Above all, Resonance is an invitation to see. If only we could see, says Russell, the pulsing radiation now filling our environments, alternative media might be popular. It takes only a second to connect a device to an internet cable. This simple, graceful act is an act of eco-radicalism: a refusal to pollute our bodies and communities – a refusal to pollute the living cell.

The film is best supplemented by the newly updated BioInitiative Report (www.bioinitiative.org). Written by concerned scientists, the report summarises many hundreds of research papers – 1,800 of which are new – revealing the toxic potential of this radiation, with implications for cancer, ageing, fertility, general health and rising sensitivity rates. These include studies that reveal risks to the blood-brain barrier, peaking at microwave levels equivalent to 1.85m from mobile phones.

Eschewing profits, James Russell’s team have made the film freely available online.

With 4G mobile communication technology now adding to the microwave load on our bodies and subtly distorting the energetic environment, Resonance could not be more timely. Please view, share and supplement this brave film – a gift for people and planet.

Lynne Wycherley’s next volume is Seeds of Light: New & Selected Poems.

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