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General News · 18th December 2022
Kristen Scholfield-Sweet
I am sharing my concern regarding the intention of Telus to locate 2 cell towers on Cortes
Island: File BC109114 Manson’s Landing, and File BC109130 Whaletown.

I feel both our overproduction and overconsumption of communication devices is a leading factor in the destruction of biodiversity. The use of cell phones, tablets and computers may
seem benign in the hand, but the impact of cell towers and 5G networks on nature is not.

Before these tower locations were chosen, did Telus assess their biodiversity impact? Has your corporation created a measured biodiversity baseline for the areas where your towers will be sited? Have you developed a plan for regular monitoring of the biodiversity footprint at these locations? Are you willing to disclose your impact assessments publicly?

I am not negatively judging those in the community who want increased service, nor do I think it
is useful to make a large corporation such as yourself, “the enemy.” On the contrary, I believe
we individuals must actively encourage corporations and government to lead the movement to Stop the Same. Stop the same level of inattention, of disrespect, of self-interest, of greed. None of us—human and non-human alike—will exist much longer in this climate of same old same old.

Please become a leader for “nature positive,” by assessing your biodiversity footprint, disclosing your impact publicly, creating and enforcing corporate regulations to mitigate and reverse damage and loss.