Noise Action Week is observed every third week of May and this year it will be held on May 20 to 25 in the U.K. During this entire week citizens all around Britain take time to consider the amount of noise they make on a day-to-day basis. Local authorities, landlords, and other service providers get oriented toward paying closer attention to noise complaints around their neighborhoods. This important week helps to create awareness of how harmful noise pollution is to humanity’s well-being.
History of Noise Action Week
To fight against noise pollution in the U.K., the Environmental Protection UK organization has been promoting Noise Action Week since 1996. During this event, resources are available to the population so everyone can get together and discuss the issues around noise pollution in their communities. Local authorities are also involved and are oriented to provide extra information about the topic.
A big issue with living in a big city is the noise. Those who have lived in urban areas know how much noise pollution can affect our daily lives. Airplanes, big trucks, cars, and motorcycles can make a lot of noise, especially if they’re all in the same area. Because cities are environments prone to big construction sites, lots of traffic, and even big-scale events, their populations are the main ones affected by noise pollution.
However, those are not the only sounds that can cause physical or emotional distress. Loud banging on the walls, heavy steps on the floor, laundry machines, microwaves, sound systems, and many others, all combined, can be a burden when heard all of the time. High blood pressure, stress, and even hearing loss have been linked with noise pollution in big cities.
Noise Action Week timeline
The World Health Organization announces guidelines for noise levels for different conditions.
Environmental Protection UK organizes the first-ever Noise Action Week.
The British Chief Medical Officer recognizes noise pollution as a health problem.
WHO releases the latest version of recommended noise level guidelines.
Noise Action Week FAQs
What are the types of noise pollution?
The different types of noise pollution are transport, neighborhood, and industrial.
Why is it important to reduce noise pollution?
It’s imperative to improve people’s physical and mental health.
How does noise pollution affect the environment?
Some animals cannot find food, mates, or predators if they cannot hear. Noise pollution can decrease or even take away some animals’ hearing.
How to Observe Noise Action Week
Take a vow of silence
Why not take a few hours during this week to not make a sound? Try it and make this a time of introspection.
Post about it
Spread the word on your social media. Let all your friends know how they can participate in the events of this Noise Action Week.
Talk to neighbors
This week is a great opportunity to connect with your neighbors. Talk together about how much noise you are all making in your neighborhood.
5 Fascination Facts About Noise Pollution
It is preventable
Noise pollution is 100% preventable, and all it takes is the community coming together to help.
You can help reduce it
You can take action by searching for noise sources in your environment, home or work.
It affects many people
In the U.S. over 30 million people struggle with noise pollution in their workplaces.
It’s the main cause of hearing loss
Although we’d think that hearing loss is due to aging, the main issue is noise pollution.
It can affect brain development
Too much noise can impact children’s brain development negatively.
Why Noise Action Week is Important
It improves our health
Taking some time to care for our physical and emotional health is very important. This week reminds us to do just that.
It encourages interaction
When else would you go out of your way to talk to your neighbors about noise pollution? This week gives you the opportunity to do this.
It raises awareness
It’s a great week to remind us of how much noise we make and encourages us to be mindful beyond the day. This awareness will help us to change our ways.
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