A conspiracy theorist is claiming 5G towers are killing eucalyptus trees which were ‘completely fine months ago’.
Zacharia Pember took to Facebook to share a video of his alleged findings, where he claimed 5G towers are destroying trees in Bussleton, Western Australia.
Busselton became one of the first cities in Australia to have access to 5G connectivity, which has not been proven to have any side effects or cause any damage.
But this hasn’t stopped online conspiracy theorists denouncing the technology, which simply speeds up internet connections by using higher frequencies.
‘Been keeping a watch on the trees for couple months since hearing about 5G and didn’t think to get photos beforehand,’ Mr Pember wrote.
‘But without a doubt can say those tress weren’t like that before.’
Mr Pember walks around the 5G towers and reveals the brown leaves hanging off several eucalyptus trees.
‘This one is really bad,’ he says while recording.
He then points out that some of the trees that have been destroyed are not even underneath the 5G towers.
‘They were all green. All of these were green. You can’t make this sh*t up,’ he continued.
‘The eucalyptus trees seem to take be taking it the worse. They’re always green so it doesn’t make sense.’
A concerning number of people believe signals from the new 5G network being rolled out across Australia cause coronavirus.
This is despite a lack of any scientific evidence, and the fact that contracting a virus spread by bodily fluids from telecommunications signals is impossible.
An Essential Research survey found ridiculous conspiracy theories are worryingly widespread, with 12 per cent of those surveyed believing the 5G wireless network was being used to spread the coronavirus.
The same number of people believe the pandemic is being used to force people into getting vaccinations.
The results prompted the federal government to renew warnings about claims linking 5G to coronavirus are bogus.
‘Any suggestions that there is a link between 5G and coronavirus are utterly baseless,’ Communications Minister Paul Fletcher said.
‘There is no evidence that the use of these radio waves in mobile networks is harmful to health or related to the current health pandemic.’
One in eight believe Microsoft founder Bill Gates is somehow responsible for the virus, according to the survey.
Mr Gates has donated millions of dollars to research efforts to develop and manufacture a coronavirus vaccine.
Australian professor of medicine, and public health advocate John Dwyer described conspiracy claims that 5G causes the deadly virus as ‘dangerous nonsense’.
‘At this time in the fight against the epidemic, this is dangerous nonsense. Even to have a few people think differently that social distancing isn’t for them is a silly idea and is putting all of us at risk,’ he told Seven News last month.
‘For some people, the idea of a conspiracy theory turns them on. Most of the time, it doesn’t matter that much but in this particular case, it’s dangerous.’
The roll-out of 5G networks in Australia began in June 2019, with technology using a similar frequency to existing 3G and 4G networks.
The only difference with 5G is it can work at faster speeds as it uses a higher band.