The noisy world we live in today — trains, planes, cars, outdoor power equipment, sirens, horns, loud restaurants and more — is threatening public health and environment. It’s akin to “secondhand smoke,” involuntarily exposing people to harm that goes far beyond hearing damage to diseases like cardiovascular disease, psychological disturbances, endocrine disorders, and disruption to cognition and learning.
The communications we receive from different parts of the country indicate the need for governments at all levels to address environmental noise-related problems.
The Quiet Conversation on Governance (QCoG) was formed to help citizens engage with leaders in government to develop policies and programs that will bring about a quieter, cleaner world. QCI is uniquely prepared to help communities do this and to connect with and learn from each other.
QCoG is a program of the non-profit organization, Quiet Communities, Inc.
Citizens frequently leap to proscriptive regulation as the solution. However, history has shown that while regulation can be an effective, it can also at the outset generate anger and conflict. If communities begin with actions such as education and demonstration of quieter technologies, consensus can be generated that will make passage of regulation far easier.
Communities should also have a clear understanding of their choices in regulatory design, or they may end up with ineffective programs.
QCoG will help decision makers, citizens, and thought leaders formulate collaborative, constructive solutions that can stand the test of time.