by Daniel Fink, MD, Chair, The Quiet Coalition
This report from the Michigan Science Center describes how scientists and artists are studying the natural soundscapes there.
Nature is quiet without human noise. Natural sounds includes birds chirping, squirrels chattering, waves splashing on the shore, and wind in the trees.
The soundscape can also be studied as an indicator of environmental health, because natural quiet is good for animals, good for people, and good for the environment.
Dr. Daniel Fink is a leading noise activist based in the Los Angeles area. He 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. Dr Fink also is the interim chair of Quiet Communities’ Health Advisory Council, and he served on the board of the American Tinnitus Association from 2015-2018.