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The Right to Quiet Society's Goals

We do not seek to create an absolutely quiet world. However, we do want to see a world where quiet is a normal part of life and where it is possible to listen to the sounds of nature without the constant intrusion of machine noise and artificial stimuli.

Our goals include the enactment of new regulations where necessary, including the banning of particularly harmful and unnecessary noise sources; better enforcement of existing noise-limiting regulations; and the recognition of the right to quiet, and of the harmful effects of noise to humans, animals, and the natural world in both urban and rural settings.

Regulation

  • stricter regulation of aircraft flights over populated areas and national parks
  • regulation of noise-producing watercraft, especially personal watercraft
  • more stringent manufacturing standards for all noise-producing equipment
  • reduction in the permitted hours of "power gardening" such as lawn mowers and trimmers
  • regulation of maximum noise levels of sirens, and reduction in volume when used at night
  • regulation of maximum noise levels of backup beepers, with sensible rules about what vehicles are to be equipped with them
  • regulation of allowable noise emanating from outdoor concerts, rallies, and public address systems at sports fields, car lots, etc.
  • regulation of safe amplification levels in night clubs and movie theatres

Enforcement

better enforcement of laws governing unmuffled vehicles, especially "chopper" motorcycles

Bans

  • outright ban on leaf-blowers, or at least a drastic reduction in permitted dates and hours of use
  • ban on audible car alarms
  • elimination of "boom cars"
  • ban on personal amplified radio and music in most public spaces, beginning with the declaration of more parks and beaches as quiet zones
  • banning acoustic deterrent devices from fish-farms, and other uses of noise to terrorize animals
  • ban, or enforcement of existing bans, on broadcast of program audio from commercial establishments into public spaces
  • elimination of program audio from publicly owned places such as recreation centres and museums, except where clearly appropriate
  • banning marine experiments that involve the generation of loud underwater noises, affecting the lives of millions of creatures

Creation and Recognition

  • creation of noise-free wilderness areas where air traffic would be forbidden
  • recognition of the right to quiet in the workplace - no unwanted program audio
  • recognition of noise as cruelty to animals - for example, to pets in stores or homes where loud music is constantly played
  • voluntary reduction in the amount of program audio piped into private establishments such as restaurants, shops, malls, and doctors' and dentists' offices

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Pigments even protect the ear from noise

In the ear, melanin also does important protective work. The inner ear is lined with well-circulated tissue of multiple layers of cells. "It is pigmented and protects from stressful noise," explains Professor Ulrich Schraermeyer, cell biologist at the Centre for Eye Medicine of the University of Cologne. Noise leads to a hyperactivity of cells, which in turn causes the formation of the dangerous "free radicals". Body-balance disorders, too, can occur at a lack of melanin. Quite often albinos - people with low pigmentation - suffer from this "Waardburg Syndrome". Apotheken Umschau (Pharmacies Review), August 2003

- Noiseletter,
Spring 2004

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