Thursday, 16 June 2011

Bees V's Mobile Phones

Question for the day:
If mobile phone signals were killing bees, would we give up mobile phones?

3 comments:

  1. It's certainly a tough call!

    I'd be in favour of tighter restrictions - perhaps switching off masts that are located near large bee populations at times when they are most active - while we try to find another solution if possible.

    If that didn't work though, then I think we should do whatever it takes. Technology is great, but I think it's important not to forget that we are completely dependent on the natural world and also have a duty to look after it.

    Here's my theological perspective on this if you're interested: http://thescepticalbeliever.blogspot.com/2011/02/priests-of-creation.html

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  2. Hi Dan,
    I asked a couple of people today and got some interesting repsonses. General consensus was - no we wouldn't!
    I think I agree with you and yeah, I like your post on rulers/priests but to expand on my question: would we, as society in general, give up mobile phones - even if we knew that keeping them would slowly kill us?
    I think I would give up my mobile, or agree to banning their use around farmland, yet I'm not sure we as a society would. I think it is one of those "I'm happy for others to do it as long as I don't have to" things.
    It is a hypothetical question and yet, bees are dying. Why are they dying? Is it worth doing something really radical to see if it makes a difference or would we rather hope the problem goes away?

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  3. >> would we, as society in general, give up mobile phones - even if we knew that keeping them would slowly kill us?

    Don't know. We don't seem to be doing a very good job of giving up carbon - although I think you and I have different opinions on that?

    >> Is it worth doing something really radical to see if it makes a difference...?

    Haven't followed this closely or anything, but from what I have occasionally seen or read I've got the impression that there are probably a number of different factors that are contributing to the decline in bee population.

    Having said that though - yes, why not! Perhaps we could just switch off the masts in a couple of the most densely bee-populated areas for a bit and see what happens!

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