Climate rally in Bern: 5G & digitalisation increases energy consumption and impacts the climate
On 28.09.2019 several tens of thousands of people gathered in Bern for the “Climate of Change” rally. frequencia was present together with other activists in order to draw attention to the effects of 5G & digitalisation.
Protection of livelihoods
An alliance of over 80 organisations had called for the rally. Shortly before the elections, a strong, loud and colourful signal was given that the upcoming decisions of the politicians* now and in the years to come are nothing less than about the future of our livelihoods. It is now time for action, not empty promises. The demands of the demonstration include a consistent climate policy, the protection of basic necessities of life and a dignified life for all worldwide. Please find more information here: https://www.klimademo.ch/
5G & Digitialization and the Power Consumption
Widespread forecasts indicate that the total electricity demand for information and communication technology (ICT) will grow exponentially in the 2020s and that this will be primarily due to the demand for data centers and data transmission.
Without limitations, such as low radiation limits for radio frequency systems, data volumes will explode and the entire ICT infrastructure will be massively expanded.
The resulting rapid increase in electricity consumption will not be covered by renewable energies at the same time. As a result, it will not be possible to replace nuclear, gas and coal-fired power plants. If we do not act, the conservative forecast is that by 2030 ICT will have an electricity consumption equivalent to the production of 1000 power plants the size of the Gösgen nuclear power plant.
frequencia was therefore also present at the demonstration and distributed 10000 flyers “Internet with 5G-Booster: Forget about the climat target!” to the demonstrators, available in German and French. The interest in the topic was so great that the flyers were handed out in a very short time. There were numerous interesting discussions and exchanges of information, as well as initial approaches to cooperation.