by Daniel Fink, MD, Chair, The Quiet Coalition
UK noise activist Gloria Elliott, chief executive of the Noise Abatement Society, was honored by HRH Queen Elizabeth with the Order of the British Empire for her work fighting noise.
As detailed in this article, she received the honor exactly 26 years after her father did for similar activities.
We don’t have similar honors in the U.S., but perhaps some day someone will be awarded a Presidential Medal of Freedom for freeing Americans from noise pollution and its attendant adverse health effects on hearing, blood pressure, heart disease, stroke, and death.
I hope it’s soon.
Dr. Daniel Fink is a leading noise activist based in the Los Angeles area. He serves on the board of the American Tinnitus Association, is the interim chair of Quiet Communities’s Health Advisory Council, and is the founding chair of The Quiet Coalition, an organization of science, health, and legal professionals concerned about the impacts of noise on health, environment, learning, productivity, and quality of life in America.