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Effects of urban noise and lack of nature on humans

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What are the effects of urban noise and lack of nature on humans? The migration to mega-cities and development of urbanization has became part of the way our current society lives. This way of living in relatively new, as the development of massive air traffic, the increase of cars in our streets and the extreme concentration of population in cities evolved drastically in the last 30 years.

We are living in a period never seen before in human evolution. The development of the last 100 years has brought humanity to change drastically the way its living. regardless of the benefits of progress, it is important to stop a moment an ask ourselves what are the dangers and the consequences of all these changes. the increase of pollution created by humanity have many effects on our ecological environment. The extinction of species, the global warming and the distraction of natural forest, are all part of troubling phenomenon we should all be concerned about. It is necessary, if we are searching to maintain this earth livable for our specie.

Many people, find those subjects abstract and not related to their life, as they are sacked into the urban lifestyle. It is true that life in the big city is demanding and complicated, which does not leave a lot of time to handle these subjects for many individual. Nevertheless, This evolution of our kind has created many problems in the city itself. The Noise and lack of nature inside our cities is a troubling subject, causing enormous damage to the people living in it. Unfortunately, this topic do not get enough attention which prevent us from finding etiquette solutions.

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A recent study published in the British Medical Bulletin has concluded the following:

“Noise interferes in complex task performance, modifies social behavior and causes annoyance. Studies of occupational and environmental noise exposure suggest an association with hypertension, whereas community studies show only weak relationships between noise and cardiovascular disease. Aircraft and road traffic noise exposure are associated with psychological symptoms but not with clinically defined psychiatric disorder. In both industrial studies and community studies, noise exposure is related to raised catecholamine secretion. In children, chronic aircraft noise exposure impairs reading comprehension and long-term memory and may be associated with raised blood pressure.”

Another recent article written by AnnaChiesur called “The role of urban parks for the sustainable city”, has shown:

” Increasing empirical evidence, however, indicates that the presence of natural areas contributes to the quality of life in many ways. Besides many environmental and ecological services, urban nature provides important social and psychological benefits to human societies, which enrich human life with meanings and emotions.”

A recent report done by the European Union, show the gravity of the situation in the following statement:

“Health defects related to environmental noise result in a cost for society. Te loss of healthy life years is often valued in euros, but there are also indirect and hidden costs, such as the cost of medical treatment (e.g. medication for hypertension or mental illness); loss of efficiency
at work due to illness or fatigue resulting from sleep deprivation or ineffective resting periods; reduced creativity and learning – and even
less prosocial behaviour – caused by noise stress, resulting in safety
and security costs. It is therefore essential that environmental sound is included in different policy areas defectively and efficiently: in
particular, at a preventive stage.”

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Solutions exists. In case they are not sufficient, it is a subject that deserve more investment. The promotion of these effects are crucial and urgent. The effects that the noise and lack of nature in big cities have on our population, are dangerous and immediate. It is in our power to demand change and responsibilities from the authorities. This is not a detach abstract problem, it is affecting and touching any person living in such an environment. I truly believe that only be promoting awareness in the population and maintaining a strong and constant demand for change, countable actions will be done.

We are a generation that have evolved into this reality, which make us responsible for it. Our children’s are born in such an environment and cannot do anything about it. To promise a better future and better life for the young generation, actions and responsibilities have to be taken today.

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2 thoughts on “Effects of urban noise and lack of nature on humans

  1. I feel this so much! Lately I’ve been completely exhausted from being constantly on the computer or inside 4 walls. I desperately need to connect with nature.
    Something is being done about this in Lisbon, where I live, nature-based solutions.

    1. It is part of our responsibility regarding our own wellbeing. Since I realize how much it affect me personally, I actively put myself to find time for nature. It really make the difference.

      On a government scale, some countries indeed started to act toward improvement, unfortunately it is not a majority case and the road to a minimal level is far away.

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