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29 March 2011

Keep silent, please? : Give Mother Earth some rest, shall we?

Planet Earth, the beautiful place where we were born, flourish, and grow, has been full of pollution in many kinds. Mankinds have for generations known kinds of pollution. The pollution can be broadly categorized into air, water, land and noise-borne pollutions. Of these four categories, it is perhaps noise-borne pollution which is rarely concerned. Noise, produced by overloaded sounds, indeed is part of our daily life from dusk to dawn to dusk to dawn, and so on. Sounds dominate us everyday. In case of highly populated environment, the noise can be irritating. Noise is the biggest enemy of our rest times, isn't it?

According to Saktiyono (2006: 162), sound pollution can be defined as the entrance of unintended sounds or voices into housing or neighborhood. Sound pollution disturbs human activities, too. The process of the sound pollution, as Bronzalft and Hagler (2010: 75) writes, occurs when sound begins as vibrating object, causing the movement of air molecules, setting up alternate bands of compression and expansion in the air and then striking the ear drum.

Several studies have also proven the potential problems due to sound pollution. For example, Chamber and Jensen (2005: 441) conclude that sound may threat human's health and life quality. Noisy sounds are believed to contaminate the atmosphere. Despite its lacking evidence due to rare studies performed, noise may disturb sound frequency, even hearing ability.

Sound has been for centuries a signal for danger, alert, announcement, and other occasions used for enabling human to prepare in particular situation. Nevertheless, today's noisy sounds are producing problems. One may lose concentration because of loud sounds entering his ear drums. Heart attack and traffic accident are among those being triggered by noise, directly or indirectly.

Sources of noise can be all transportation systems, factories, power tools, and audio entertainment systems. Noise is measured in decibels. The noise of 45 decibels causes no problems for humans, but once it touches 120 decibels, your ears will ache and your hearing begins to damage. (www.geogise.com). Broadly speaking, noise may produce negative impacts in forms of annoyance, speech interference, health problems, sleep interference, and decreased work performance (www.geogise.com).

Those who live in urban area even get more dangerous impact of the sound pollution. It is now difficult to find quiet place where roaring machines are almost everywhere, isn't it? Even environmental care campaigns may produce another pollution by their noisy activities....How can you not care about tranquility when you may need times to withdraw yourself from the crowds? It is an important issue we must address more seriously as it is as important as other types of pollution.

Silence of the Noise
Tiyo Widodo, February 27, 2011

In the crowds of hundreds commuters
mind was busy thinking
what for it's being there
where ears  continued going banged
by the shouts of decibels

At the corner of the sidewalks
down the Metro of ambushes
to blow your nerves
still the will couldn't give in the wheels

Justice in the loaded barrels
it's what being applied when you're on the street
as you're on your own
there'll be no one but you
to step aside the bumpy roads

As the crowds went nasty and mean
it's on your feet how the walk be made
just like in your vessels where the blood be flown

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