There's a petition going round my kids' primary school against a new mobile phone mast going up nearby. This is one of the new generation of masts that enables mobiles to send videos. It looks like they have the ability to fry brains far more effectively than the ordinary masts (which you can't morally object to if you use a mobile yourself).
Anyway, the point is you'd have to be mad not to agree with the protest and I signed the petition and spoke to the organisers. BUT - I can't help it. I'm irritated! These same kind of masts were put up on the roof of our council block ages ago. Without any consultation. Maybe it came up at a tenants' meeting but since only half a dozen people go to them (out of 96 flats in the 4 blocks) that hardly counts as consultation. The block is within the 'danger zone' of the school and is also opposite another primary school. As soon as I realised they were there, I started putting out feelers to see if I'd have any support in organising a protest. Parents at the other school that I spoke to were uninterested. As for the tenants in the block, the only time we've ever had a petition circulated it was AGAINST having recycling facilities on the estate. 'Cos they make a mess!' Nuff said ...
In the end, I had to let the matter drop and hope eating lots of fruit and veg would ward off the death rays!
Could my lack of success be anything to do with the fact that we're council tenants? But when the masts go up on a middle class street, there's a huge furore. Of course, I support the protest and hope it's successful. But I won't be getting heavily involved. How do I justify trying to protect other people's kids when I couldn't even protect my own?