Utility provider(s) ‘Smart’ Meters

This is a bit off-track but may be of interest / concern to people. Stop ‘Smart’ Meters campaigners were leafleting in Poole High Street today. Below are some extracts of the leaflet which can be viewed / downloaded in full here

Some time soon, your utility providers(s) will request access to your home to install one or more ‘Smart’ Meters that will measure (and in future control) your use of gas, electricity and water. The promise is a greener environment and cost savings – the reality is the opposite. Large numbers of people have reported debilitating health effects, privacy violations, safety and security dangers, environmental damage and much higher bills.

‘Smart’ Meters monitor, measure and communicate customers’ private electricity, gas and water usage data to utility providers. They operate in a wireless ‘mesh’ network with your neighbours’ ‘Smart’ Meters and transmit intense bursts of non-ionising, microwave radiation, 24 hrs/day. This radiation (also known as RF EMF) is the same kind emitted by mobile phone masts. More than 5,000 studies show RF EMF radiation is harmful to humans, plants and animals.

Actual symptoms reported from exposure to ‘Smart’ Meters include:
European surveys have shown at least 1 in 20 people are moderately or severely sensitive to RF EMF radiation, experiencing one or more of the symptoms above. The number of sufferers is rising rapidly.

European surveys have shown at least 1 in 20 people are moderately or severely sensitive to RF EMF radiation, experiencing one or more of the symptoms above. The number of sufferers is rising rapidly

Human, animal and cell culture studies indicate long-term systemic health effects from radiation, including hormone disruption, DNA damage, leakage of bloodbrain-barrier, sperm count reduction & damage, sleep disorders, learning difficulties, attention deficit & hyperactivity disorders, dementia and cancer including leukaemia and brain glioma (tumours). There is concern that pregnant women & children are particularly vulnerable.

Wireless transmissions of personal data, with information about the devices you use, when you use them and what you are doing with them at any given moment, will be available to energy companies and any potential hackers. Wireless is easy to hack.

In the US, this data has been sold by energy companies to 3rd parties, e.g. police, corporate marketing depts and insurance companies. ‘Smart’ Meters are pieces of invasive surveillance equipment within your home. You might have nothing to hide… But you stand to lose your rights to privacy and self-determination in your own home, forever.

A recent study in Canada found 80% of ‘Smart’ homes faced higher bills, often over 50% higher. Similar patterns have been seen in the US. The UK Government has said ‘Smart’ Meters will cost tax payers £11 billion for estimated savings of just £25 per home/year – and that saving only possible if customers change their behaviour and have two ‘Smart’ Meters!

‘Smart’ Meters will also make it far easier to disconnect customers remotely – a particular concern in light of the hacking threats, especially to Water Meters.

Scientists are refuting claims ‘Smart’ Meters are green. In reality, they harm nature and our environment.

Hundreds of studies have identified significant impacts of sustained RF microwave radiation on our natural environment, including: stress reactions and genetic problems in plants, trees, animals and insects, problems in migratory animals like birds and bees, birth defects in calves and fertility problems in herds. Source: Council of Europe Report – May 2011.

Tree deaths, plant die-offs and bee colony collapse disorder cases have also been reported shortly after Smart Meter installation.

Move Your Money

Move Your Money is a national campaign to spread the message that we can help to build a better banking system and their site gives advice about the process.

Pledging to move your money is the first step towards building a better, fairer and safer banking sector. The more of us that move our money, the greater the positive impact we can have. By pledging, you are choosing to support mutually owned, community-focused or ethically minded banks. Don’t worry if you cannot move all of your money. Any money you do move will help to support the alternative banking sector and send a message to the “big 5” that you are not happy with the way that they use your money.

Local Credit Union:

Coastal Credit Union is an ethical, not-for-profit co-operative, run by staff and volunteers, which helps people in the Bournemouth / Poole / and all other BH postcode areas. They offer basic savings accounts, low cost loans and access to other services such as insurance. It is owned and run by its members who save regularly and these savings are pooled to form a fund to make loans to other members. The income generated from loans is used to meet running costs, with any surplus being distributed back to members. It is regulated by the Financial Services Authority (FSA), and the Association of British Credit Unions (ABCUL).

Address and tel no: 531-533 Christchurch Road, Bournemouth BH1 4AG – 01202 566878

BPACC Annual Report 2011

Over the last year, the BPACC experience has been one of perpetual motion, rather than perpetually just raising motions. We have taken to the streets and gone about “getting out there”, where the people actually are, in the High Street, shopping areas and car boot sales. We have protested at Town Halls, met and pressed the flesh of councillors and the one MP who didn’t run off. We have and will continue to facilitate networks across our community and offer a lead by employing the demonstration effect, inspiring confidence.

In a year with a fair spread of varying activity we have gained some fantastic supporters, affiliates and built capacity in the spirit of solidarity, which has no bias of ideology other than a clear message that we want to defend our community. Many hundreds of people receive our newsletters – so many get in touch with ideas of new campaigns. The stories we have heard and the people we have met and worked with already have been a great source of inspiration and strength. There is nothing ordinary about us and demonstrates we can achieve more together if we join in chorus to effect change.

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