Page last updated 10/27/17Why Support H.R.2539 & S.3197
Quiet Communities Act?
Senate "Quiet Communities Act of 2016" (expired but can be re-introduced)
States and local governments can't control or research the full impacts of certain technologies coming in from the outside. Corporations are powerful in that they can design and sell products far and wide that aren't always healthy or approved by the people in their region. Noise is moving in on us without our consent and effort needs to be made to reduce impacts of population growth.
Noise is associated with several conditions and diseases. Even if it doesn't wake us up at night, it can still unknowingly increase heart rates and stress hormones (cortisol) during our sleep causing weight, heart, and other conditions (details in citations below).
Anthropogenic noise fills up the sound spectrum on which animals communicate. It also distracts them from their routine of gathering food they need to survive. This reduces their ability to find mates and feed their babies. Less wildlife means less natural resources (free services) we depend on to survive. It's been found that traffic noise alone causes at least a 25% decrease in wildlife (citations below).
We should not restrict our freedoms with more laws, however, it's when people abuse those freedoms that action must be taken. What about our freedom to not be disturbed inside of our homes and our freedom to be healthy? What about our freedom to enjoy our natural spaces which are hard to find even in national parks now? Noise, like other sources of pollution, crosses invisible lines into our homes, private property, and in some cases as a harmful or oppressive weapon. Noise goes against our natural rights laid out by Locke, Nozick, and Thomas Jefferson (citations below).
Social Justice/Civil Rights:
Noise is correlated with lower home values. Lower home values means less tax revenue and depressed neighborhoods. Less tax revenue means less essential services like education. Noise is externalized by the wealthy because the working class lives closer to industry and in denser neighborhoods (citations below).
Poor health and less sleep leads to aggravation and less worker productivity. Noise distracts us from learning and the mental process that grows better contributors of society. Noise mitigation can also create jobs (citations below).
Examples of issues that need to be addressed and can be mitigated (some easily):
-Automobile locking alerts & aggressive honking
-Lawn and garden equipment
-Garbage/sanitation & other industrial machines/vehicles
-Vehicle exhaust noise on all recreation and normal vehicles
-Amplified music systems
-Transport and shipping such as trains and trucks
-Airplane traffic, design, engines, and routes
-Education for gadgets used in public spaces
Do we want a rude culture thoughtlessly or just obliviously disturbing others with noise, or one that is happier and coexists? We choose the latter since we are entering a crowded world and must coexist.
Help make a difference!1. Find your representative http://www.house.gov/representatives/find/
2. Go to their website /contact link.
3. Also find your senator http://www.senate.gov/senators/contact/
4. Call or email them with your story and ask them to cosponsor H.R.2539 or reintroduce S.3197. (H.R.2539 for representatives and S.3197 for senators).
Emailing through their online form is easy! You have no excuse.
5. Use other social media to tweet them or spread the word. Just speak out in a respectful way for awareness.
6. Write corporations, leaders and other policy makers that are related to your situation
To leaders: Please cosponsor or reintroduce H.R.2539 & S.3197 and speak out showing your support for a less rude, less aggravating, healthier, more sustainable future.
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What is the difference between H.R.2539 and S.3197?
The only difference is H.R.2539 originates in the House of Representatives, and S.3197 originates in the Senate. One is for Senators and the other is for House members. If approved in either Senate or House, the bill is sent to the other to be voted on and if approved again it goes to the president to be signed into law. S.3197 expired in January of 2017 and we must convince our senators to renew it.
HistoryH.R. 3384 Quiet Communities Act of 2015 was Introduced 07/29/2015 by Rep. Meng, Grace [D-NY-6] during the 114th congress. It expired and was reintroduced in the 115th congress as H.R.2539.
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