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‘Being Hear’ Explores Sounds of Nature vs Sound Pollution

‘Being Hear’ Explores Sounds of Nature vs Sound Pollution

How aware are you of sound pollution? Maybe we need to return to the pure sound of nature in order to reset our noise meters. Acoustic ecologist Gordon Hempton will guide us in Being Hear

“There are vanishingly few places left on land untouched by human-made sounds, and those quiet areas are shrinking every year. No one knows this better than the US sound recordist and acoustic ecologist Gordon Hempton, an Emmy award-winner who specializes in capturing the sounds of nature. At once a profile, a guided meditation and a call to action, Being Hear follows Hempton as he records sounds on Washington State’s Olympic Peninsula – a National Park that contains the continental United States’ only rainforest.” ~ Aeon

FULL FILM: Preventing the All-Consuming Sound Pollution of Modern Life Starts with Listening to Nature | Aeon

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JoAnn Chateau

JoAnn Chateau likes progressive politics and loves the canines. She writes fiction about an alpha Bichon named Chester, and his friends–with a dash of humor and a dab of poli-sci. JoAnn worked professionally in the Psychology and Information Science fields. Retired now, she enjoys the creative life.


  1. ashiftinconsciousness

    Great post.

    I think about noise pollution quite often due to living in two very different areas – NYC and Long Island. Though Long Island is very crowded and noisy, there are still places of “relative” quiet in the small patches of woods. I can listen to birds and watch small animals foraging for food. It helps with balance. In NYC it’s difficult to stand in one spot and not get bumped into and the noise level is so high my very cheap phone isn’t loud enough to hear over it.

    Thanks. This sounds like a great film.

    • JoAnn Chateau

      I love the sound of wind in the trees and waves lapping on a beach — and don’t appreciate a radio or traffic noise in the background. But the quiet places are being more rare.

      • ashiftinconsciousness

        About 25 years ago I lived in an apartment on the south shore of Long Island that was on the water. In Summer I kept the bedroom window open and woke every morning to waves hitting the bulkhead that was part of the apartment complex property. It was a beautiful way to start the day. I would also walk around the neighborhood after dinner most nights. The neighborhood was a beach with a rock jetty for ferries to travel to a barrier island and a couple of restaurants that served food outside with nice views of a large bay, the barrier island and the Atlantic Ocean. I miss it. 😀

      • JoAnn Chateau

        Sounds really nice – like a small town or village on the sea. Nature sure adds atmosphere and richness to life.

  2. GarryRogers

    Many wild animals are fearful of the sounds we make.

    • JoAnn Chateau

      Yes, something to respect when in the wild. Even city humans, who think they’re blocking it out, are stressed by noise pollution.

  3. Rosaliene Bacchus

    Thanks for sharing, JoAnn. “Will we or will we not fall back in love with Planet Earth?” That is the question.

    • JoAnn Chateau

      Nature has a spiritual component that touches everyone. How can any of us live without its beauty, much less the necessary resources that it provides?

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