Right to Quiet is planning several initiatives for International Noise Awareness Day (INAD) on April 27, 2022. We are also celebrating the 40th Anniversary of the Society.
1. Transit Shelter Advertising
We have been approved for the City of Vancouver Transit Shelter Advertising Program designed for non-profits and cultural organizations. Our poster will be displayed from April 4 to April 30 in 10 bus shelters around the city. We will also be distributing a smaller poster in local libraries and other venues. Let us know if you’d like some posters to distribute. (email firstname.lastname@example.org)
2. Zoom Event: Quiet Parks and Quiet Spaces April 27, 2022 12-1:30pm PT
We invite you to a virtual forum examining the health enhancing benefits of quiet green spaces, and the importance of protecting such spaces from noise pollution for the benefit of humans and urban wildlife.
Quiet Parks and Quiet Spaces will address the health impacts of noise and the need for quiet spaces in urban parks, especially as density increases.REGISTER HERE
CATHERINE EVANS (Vancouver): Park Board Commissioner 2014 – 2018; background in law, policy and communications; experienced community builder, facilitator and designer of public policy processes; passionate about public space.
ARLINE L. BRONZAFT, Ph.D., (New York): Environmental psychologist; Professor Emerita City University New York; Right To Quiet Board; Co-Founder The Quiet Coalition and INAD; advisor to five New York City mayors as chairperson of the Noise Committee GrowNYC.org; advisor Quiet Parks International; co-author Why Noise Matters.
ULF BOHMAN (Sweden): Director of Urban Parks Quiet Parks International; City of Stockholm Guide to Silence, a project that helps people find green, calm places that promote well-being and inner stillness, particularly in green places in cities of the world; implemented many Urban Quiet Parks in Sweden and would like to do that across the globe.
FRANCESCO ALETTA (UK/Italy): Research Associate at the Institute for Environmental Design and Engineering, The Bartlett, University College London; Italian Acoustical Society (AIA) member; Secretary Technical Committee Noise European Acoustics Association (EAA), active for over 10 years in soundscape studies and environmental acoustics; wrote NOISE chapter of United Nations Environment Programme UNEP Report “Frontiers 2022: Noise, Blazes and Mismatches”, “Listening to Cities: From Noisy Environments to Positive Soundscapes”.
DAVID SADOWAY (British Columbia): faculty Geography and Environment Dept. Kwantlen Polytechnic University, Surrey, BC; urban planner and environmental manager; regional representative Quiet Parks International; lived and worked in Asia for over 15 years teaching and researching soundscapes and noise impacts on urban quality of life and livability. “Provisioning access to quiet places for all with low air and light pollution are not only crucial for biodiversity protection, but also for socio-psychological health.”
3. Book Donations to Public Libraries
In honour of the 40th Anniversary of Right To Quiet, we plan to donate 40 books to libraries in and around Vancouver and the Lower Mainland.