Citizens’ campaign: Change related to offenses against T & T’s noise pollution legislation

Citizens’ campaign: Change related to offenses against T & T’s noise pollution legislation

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Mary Arneaud started this petition to The citizens of Trinidad & Tobago

Noise pollution affects our health in various ways. It damages one of our senses: hearing. Noise also affects our sleep, and thus the recuperation necessary to make us ready to face the next day.  

Other dangerous health repercussions – and thus also financial challenges for us to face as individuals, because WE then bear the health care and other costs – include:

1. Increased risk for cardiovascular disease

2. Higher stress levels, which are related to changed blood composition and stiffened blood vessel structure

3. Increased risk for high blood pressure

4. Increased risk for heart attacks

5. Increased risk for stroke

There are also academic consequences for child and adult students who are extensively (e.g., for months and years) exposed to high noise levels because they live close to outdoor bars and noisy neighbours: they are more likely to underperform, compared with their peers who live in quiet neighbourhoods (this consequence seems, of course, likely to be amplified for children who actually live in noisy homes).   

This petition is for those of us who do not want to feel forced to close our windows, increase the volume of our TVs, or sleep in another room, in order to be comfortable in our own homes (indeed these actions sometimes do not help)! For those of us who cannot afford to install sound insulation, or, more extremely, to move to quiet neighbourhoods.

Solutions to the problem include:

1. Not patronising outdoor (i.e., the speakers are not enclosed in the building) bars that are located in neighbourhoods - Your money has influence and power!

2. Educating your family and friends about the consequences of noise for their health ... you can do this by sharing the petition with them :-)   

3. Complaining to the police EVERY SINGLE TIME the volume is too loud. On that note, if someone knows Commission Griffith, and is motivated to do so: please, bring dealing with this issue to his attention.

4. Lobbying for police to be equipped with decibel meters for evidence of the sound levels

This information was summarised, and slightly modified for the local context from the following talk, which I suggest watching https://www.ted.com/talks/mathias_basner_why_noise_is_bad_for_your_health_and_what_you_can_do_about_it?language=en#t-4323, by sleep and noise researcher, Mathias Basner.

Thank you for reading :-)

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