The festival season has started! Days are balmy and evenings are getting crisper in Bangalore. It is a great deal of fun to get together and celebrate.
The festivities also bring noise. Not all noise is bad: the laughter, banter and good spirits that come with the preparations and celebrations of our festivals are wonderful noise that lift up our days.
However, over the past one decade , our cities have seen an alarming rise in noise pollution and our awareness of this rise becomes more acute during festivals. Our festival noise has become almost 24/7, vexing almost everybody from our older folks to small infants. Let’s also not discount the poor animals and birds who get the fright of their lives whenever a bunch of firecrackers go off in the neighbourhood. Mix this noise with the traffic noise and construction noise and we already have a noise disaster at our hands.
Let us look at some facts here: 8 hours of sustained exposure to 90-95 dB of noise can cause permanent deafness . Guess how much noise an auto rickshaw engine can produce? 100 dB. How about fireworks display? 120 dB. A continuous production of 155 dB of noise (say drilling) can shatter a building into pieces.
Do you know that Bangalore is the 7th noisiest city in India and is the second fastest growing city in terms of Noise pollution in the last 10 years? 70% of our noise pollution is produced by honking. Do you also know that we have a No Honking Mondays campaign initiated by the Bangalore Traffic Police and Karnataka State Pollution Control Board? If you are not from Bangalore, check up on where your city or town falls in the noise pollution chart.
Of course we have the Pollution Control Board and various laws to address the increasing menace of noise pollution. But can we do our bit to ensure that we don’t contribute further to this menace? We will leave you with this question to ponder during the festival season. Meanwhile it will help us to remember that good old trees help absorb and block noise in any urban environment. Lalbagh Glass House surrounded by trees in the middle of our city measures a very healthy 50 dB.
At BrainSTARS, we believe it is important to map Maths and Science to the city we live in and this October calendar on noise pollution is part of that belief. We also work closely with young designers and artists to create wonderful stuff for you. This new series of calendars is conceived by our team and designed by Lady Fingers and Headless Hippies. We hope you like it.
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