Tuesday, September 2, 2014
Sunday, December 14, 2008
Among pollution concerns of air, water, land, and noise, the noise pollution is the one that has the potential for the most damage to humans and wildlife. It is a hidden health hazard that impacts our physical, psychological and intellectual well-being. There is so much noise around, but unlike our eyes, we can't shut our ears.
Louder than a jetThe increasing number of vehicles has made Bangalore one of the noisiest cities. Various studies show that the decibel level of traffic is increasing by the day, and has crossed the maximum permissible limit (on any road, it is 80 decibels); sometimes it's even louder than a jet taking off . Damage to health begins at 75 db. Hearing damage begins at 90 db and can be permanent loss of Hearing with one exposure of 120 db or more".
Besides warnings by the World Health Organization, the Supreme Court had also passed an order directing all state governments to initiate action against noise pollution. The Union ministry of environment had asked the states to forward an action taken report, compiling details on the measures initiated to curb the menace.
Request to Citizens to Avoid Honking:
*Silent Zones (Schools, Colleges, Courts & HOSPITALS)
*NIGHT TIMES (7pm onwards)
* Burning Crackers beyond 7pm in the evening
*Loudspeakers beyond 7pm in the evening
Request to Authorities to Impliment laws:
*Ban 2 Stroke Vehicles
*Ban Vehicles with out Silencer
*Ban Burning Crackers beyond 7pm in the evening
*Ban Loudspeakers beyond 7pm in the evening
*Ban Commercial shops produce noise over & above 70dB in Residential Areas
*Pedestrian Law (Human/Living being hit while crossing the road, shall claim life time insurance/compensation including Hospital treatment charges beared by offenders)
*Speed Limit (All roads & Vehicles in the city are speed limited.Voilating speed limit shall be levied with hefty fine/cancellation of driving license which ever is applicable)
*Vehicles (BMTC,Travel...etc) that block the roads whould be levied with hefty fine, if repeated Vehicle Registration shall be cancelled
*Vehicle manufacturers to be given memorandum that reverse horns shall generate noise only less than 45 dB
Request to Citizens to learn Attitude on roads:
*Avoid harming you & Neighborhood by Incessant Honking
*Avoid Careless Attitude on 'Roads' (Breaking Lanes is being source of inspiration for others to break lanes over & over.When we don't change, we can't ask others to change)
*Learn Go Slow Attitude at 'Pedestrian Crossing' [2 way responsibility - person who rides the vehicle & the person who crosses the road]
*Learn Responsible behavior on 'Roads' (Wait for a moment at Green Signals or wait for other vehicle to move on. Avoid mindless honking)
Noise pollution can result to Physical Effects:
hearing loss, digestive disorders, birth defects, arthritis, cancer, heart disease, fatigue, headaches, asthma, hypertension, insomnia, sexual dysfunction, altered immune system
depression, anger, aggression, anxiety, increased violence, alcohol and drug use, fatigue, increase in suicide, decreased social skills, personality disorders
decreased learning capacity, memory loss, poor language skills, decreased speech development, decreased academic performance, decreased cognitive ability
Senior Citizens, Infants & Children including you and me at the end of the day deserve to have peaceful sleep.Display your humanity, be responsible in protecting everyone's right to live in Quiet & Peaceful 'City Bengaluru'
Saturday, September 6, 2008
–Air,water,land, and noise; noise pollution is the one that has the potential for the most damage to humans and wildlife.
–It is a hidden health hazard that impacts our physical, psychological and intellectual well being.
–Our ears never shut down, even while we are sleeping, so the input is constant.
They are amazing neurotransmitters that gather and process sound, sending the input off to our brain where fascinating things happen.
THE EAR AND OUR BRAIN
Sound waves are collected by our ear canal and passed to the ear drum, which vibrates. The sound waves are then picked up by fluid in the inner ear and passed to the inner ear structures where the acoustic nerve connects to the brain.
–Whisper - 30 db, Bagpipes - 90-110db
–Normal speech - 60 db, Power Saw - 100db
–Television - 70 db, Fire Cracker - 115-120db
–Traffic - 75-80 db, Rock concert -120db
–Blow dryer - 85 db, Gunshot/Train/Jet -150db
–Noisy hall - 85 db, Classroom - 85 db
Examples: depression, anger, aggression, anxiety, increased violence, alcohol and drug use, fatigue, increase in suicide, decreased social skills, personality disorders
Examples: decreased learning capacity, memory loss, poor language skills, decreased speech development, decreased academic performance, decreased cognitive ability
HOW MUCH IS TOO MUCH ?
–Hearing damage begins at 90 db and can be permanent with one exposure of 120 db or more.
–The average decibel levels exposed to 70-86 db; where damage to physical, psychological and communicative health begins
MUSIC TO EARS
I am acutely aware of the impact of noise on my well being. The average Stereo generates 90db. It is important in any of our health arena’s that we make deliberate choices about how to protect ourselves.
How can we stop the constant bombardment to our ears and protect our over all health? Shhhhhh :)
STOPPING THE NOISE
It cannot be done!
– Even during sleep our ears are absorbing sound waves that are then processed by our brain.
–What we can do is seek practical ways to diminish the noise OR protect our ears from receiving too much damaging input, i.e. decibels
–What kinds of sounds stimulate you, soothe you, irritate you?
–Do you find you have ringing in your ears after certain sound exposures?
–Is there a family history of hearing loss?
Controlling the noise in your life is not hopeless, but does require determination on your part to respect and alter the level of noise
Wear ear plugs in very loud places. Filtered ear plugs, such as Sonic II can be purchased in any music or gun shop. They reduce the damaging decibels, whereas foam plugs will muffle sound but still allow too high a decibel range to enter your ears.
Increase trees and shrubs around property.
Be aware of your surroundings and do whatever you can to reduce the noise level.
Find quiet time daily.
Limit your time in a noisy environment
- Have you ever felt bashing somebody who has been incessantly honking behind despite no space to move your vehicle an inch?
- Have you ever felt to mute honkers of all the vehicles around you when stuck in traffic ?
- Do you leave home during peak traffic hours and arrive at work irritated and mad bcoz of all that internal noise on the way ?
- Do you feel like smashing those loudspeakers blaring incessantly into the night on the heads of people who arranged that function in your colony ?
- Have you ever wished you could twist and knot the silencers of those MTV(Motor Vehicles) rut-tut-ting around Bangalore and spoiling Peace and Calm?.
This community project is committed to Cause 'No Honking Day' in Bangalore partnering with Bangalore Traffic Police, Citizens in Bangalore. Those who love to make environment, free from noise pollution in Bangalore, please let your interest be known @ email@example.com [firstname.lastname@example.org]