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Effects of urban noise and lack of nature on humans

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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better world · Real Life Economy

National debts, the real problem of the average person. Part 1 – What is a national debt?

What is a national debt? It is not a secret that life in the west becomes progressively more complicated. People need to work more to earn less, while the cost of living is growing constantly.  The reasons for that can be divided to two. The structure of our current economy and the international relationship that has been created between the world countries. To learn more about the first reason, you can click here and read more about the vicious cycle of your current economy.  A this series of posts I will concentrate in talking about one of the most important factors that is making the economic life of so many people extremely complicated.

The reason for the increasing burden in the daily lives of many people is not as obvious as we would like to think, it is called the national debts. We hear about it all the time and take it as a reality that is bigger than us. We leave it in the domain of the abstract facts that are painting the background of our society, letting it be handle by “The professional people in charge”. The truth is that this subject is one of the most relevant to our lives and need to be addressed as a top priority in our political and social conversation.

Lets start by understanding what it is all about.  External loan (or foreign debt) is the total debt a country owes to foreign creditors. The debtors can be the government, corporations or citizens of that country. The debt includes money owed to private commercial banks, other governments, or international financial institutions such as the International Monetary Fund (IMF) and World Bank. In simple words, it means that the national debt, is money that a government (a public institution) owes to  private institution around the world attached the a certain interest rate. If you are interested to know the status of your county click here. As you can notice, if you’re living in a western country the national debt of your government is between 90% – 6000% of the GDP. In simple words it means that the country do not have the capacity to pay back the loan. In many cases, not even pay back the interest % on the loan.

What is a national debt

Why does it matter? First, it means this debt will never be paid and that no real solution exists to solve it. Secondly, It means that more the time will pass more problematic the situation will be. And the third point (maybe the most relevant to this post), is that real prosperity for those country is not possible. It is important to understand that these points and numbers are known to all and that it is not a new situation we put ourselves into. This debt problem exists for many decades. It is true that the last economical crash in the last 20 years made the balance inflate. But it is known a understood by all the world leaders and economist for many decades. Now, please take the time to think how many changes of government you had in you country in the last 20 years. All of them understood the problem, part of them not only ignored it but worsen the situation, letting it be the problem of the future generation and governing party.

The national debt of many western countries has increase dramatically in the last 15 years. The speed of loan taken by countries is a direct warning signal to us all. This loans that are taken are a clear sign of lack of responsibility of local government, as they are well aware that they do not have a real plan to solve the current debts they are in.  This lack of responsibility need to stop! simple solution exist and should be implicated. At the moment, just keep in mind that if you’re searching to understand why life has become so economically complicated for the average person in the western society, the national debt of your country is probably one if not the most important factor for that.

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