Have you heard what’s out there lately? I mean literally. Have you listened to the level of noise right outside your home or business?
Noise pollution is one of the most painful forms of pollution on a personal level. It’s insidious, building slowly and as a result, there’s more of it out there than ever before.
The biggest creators of noise are often some of the most high-carbon-pollution creating industries, too. In particular, such pollution comes from transportation systems, motor vehicle noise, and aircraft and rail noise. Poor urban planning also blasts heavy sound abuse in our ears, since side-by-side industrial and residential buildings can introduce noise pollution into our home lives.
Other heavy-offenders are sources like car alarms, office equipment, factory machinery, construction work, groundskeeping equipment, barking dogs, appliances, power tools, overhead lighting hum, audio entertainment systems, loudspeakers and well, just plain noisy people.
In the past, it’s been hard to separate the noise from the people, so we suffered and wished for silence. But these days, modern construction practices can restore the quiet indoors at least.
But how do we build barriers against the outdoor sound to cut as much as possible? In our parents’ day, the answer was truly green: trees cut sound and they Greenify the plant.
These days, that’s still a viable solution, if you have the room and the support of your neighbors. Trees beautify the planet, create oxygen, and provide natural homes for birds and other wildlife. You can also purchase manmade materials for a sound wall, most often build of a renewable wood resource, or sometimes recycled plastic (certified “green!”) to absorb the sounds that pollute our planet.
Either way, take time to consider noise pollution. And find a green solution for yourself and those around you.