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Welcome to Peace and Quiet

Here are links to the Winter and Spring 2018 online newsletters.

More and more, human-generated, undesirable and unhealthy sound unduly burdens the soundscape - the indispensable, integral acoustic component of our environment.

To bring about awareness of this problem, prevent and abate noise as much as possible, the Right to Quiet Society for Soundscape Awareness and Protection was established in 1982, with charitable status in Canada.

Our objectives are to promote awareness of the increasing problem of noise pollution and the dangers of noise to our physical, emotional, and spiritual well-being; to work for noise abatement through regulation and enforcement and by encouraging responsible behaviour; and to foster recognition of the right to quiet as a basic human right.

We do not seek to create an absolutely silent world. However, we want to see a world where quiet is a normal and readily available part of life.

You are cordially invited to explore our website. If you did not
like what you saw here, without telling us, you might consider
leaving quietly.

Thanks for visiting.

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UPCOMING EVENTS


INTER-NOISE 2018, the 47th International Congress and Exposition on Noise Control Engineering, will be held in Chicago, Illinois from August 26 through 29, 2018 at the Marriott Magnificent Mile in Downtown Chicago. The Congress theme is Impact of Noise Control Engineering.



A joint meeting, the 176th Meeting of the Acoustical Society of America and the Canadian Acoustical Association will meet during 2018 Acoustics Week in Canada at the Victoria Conference Centre in Victoria, British Columbia, from November 5 through 9, 2018. The call for abstracts is open through May 29th.


The 23rd International Congress on Acoustics (ICA) will be held from September 8 through 13, 2019 in Aachen, Germany.


The International Commission for Acoustics has been working for many years to establish an International Year of Sound, a global initiative to highlight the importance of sound and related technologies and the need for quietness and peace in the lives for all in society. The organization's focus is now on the year 2020. Ongoing efforts have been described in a recent editorial by International Institute of Acoustics and Vibration, or IIAV, President Jorge Arenas. Read the editorial here.




The 22nd International Noise Awareness Day was observed
on April 26, 2017. The Center for Hearing and Communication founded this global event in 1996 to encourage people all over the world to raise awareness of the effects that environmental noise has on health and well-being.

Noise is more than an annoyance; it is one of our most serious environmental problems, as well as a public health issue deserving of more attention. One of our New York City members and her colleagues observed the day by holding an educational event focusing on books about noise at the Flatbush Library in Brooklyn, New York. Read more about the day's inception.

The 23rd International Noise Awareness Day was observed on April 25, 2018. How did you observe INAD 2018?

Calendar of Meetings and Congresses

List of meetings through 2020, compiled by the Information Service of the International Commission for Acoustics


SIGNS OF PROGRESS

Educational Curriculum in Schools



The New York City Department of Environmental Protection has created a comprehensive, multidisciplinary teaching module for public schools to introduce students and teachers to topics related to the sound environment. New Yorker Arline Bronzaft, environmental psychologist, noise researcher, and champion of sound education, believes that we should start educating children early on about the dangers of noise. "We must teach young people about the beauty of 'good' sounds and the dangers of harmful sounds." The Right to Quiet Society is impressed with this STEM curriculum, and encourages Vancouver public school administrators to consider implementing this program.

Citizen Science Gains Popularity




Smartphone-based sound level measuring apps have been around for a few years, but they seem to have really taken off during the last year. One New York City quiet seeker has created a directory of mostly quiet eateries using the SoundMeter app, which some consider to be the gold standard in terms of accuracy. The Quiet City Maps author visits establishments, records sound levels, and writes reviews that report on the food and drink, and the sound level, getting into a good amount of detail rather than just reporting a number.

The SoundPrint app was developed to measure restaurant, bar, and caf‌é noise so that diners can locate quiet venues where there is better ease of communication, and for some, more enjoyment. People can also search for noisier establishments if they prefer. Either way, users can contribute by taking sound level measurements with the app's internal sound level meter whenever out at a venue, and submitting them to SoundPrint's database, which is collecting data to create "Quiet Venue" lists in several cities both in the US and Canada, and use the data to promote noise pollution awareness. In 2017, two new restaurant sound level measuring apps were developed, and the Right to Quiet Society is happy to know that so many people are interested in working on projects that address restaurant noise.

The Hush City app helps quiet lovers access and evaluate "everyday quiet areas" where they live, and users submit their findings to the app developer's international database. The app developer is an architect and professor who believes that consideration of the sound environment should be an integral part of all building design and urban planning, rather than an afterthought or an aspect to be improved upon later.


Action Alert: Monitor Aircraft Noise


Real time noise tracking using WebTrak for YVR, an online tool for tracking aircraft within the Metro Vancouver airspace. WebTrak is a noise monitoring and flight tracking system. Read more here. Noise complaint submission form is here.


"If we had a category for endangered conditions as we do for endangered species, then quiet would certainly top the list. Quiet has already largely disappeared from many urban areas. There is ever more encroachment of human-generated noise on the soundscape, the "habitat" of quiet, that quiet gets pushed to the brink of extinction."

Excerpt of a letter to the editor of Alive magazine, September 2010, by Hans Schmid.

Calling noise a nuisance is like calling smog an inconvenience. Noise must be considered a hazard to the health of people everywhere."

— Dr. William H. Stewart, former Surgeon General of the United States

 
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