The sounds of si­lence

The Malta Independent on Sunday - - LETTERS -

In the noisy times we live in – with po­lit­i­cal foes yelling on tele­vi­sion, with cars, mo­tor­bikes, con­struc­tion trucks and cranes jam­ming and rum­bling through our streets, with smart­phones chirp­ing all around us – I think we all de­serve a lit­tle peace and quiet — who doesn’t?

Nowa­days, how­ever, it is in­creas­ingly dif­fi­cult, even in beau­ti­ful sur­round­ings such as Im­tahleb, Gne­jna, il-Kun­ciz­zjoni, Wardija, and other pub­lic gar­dens and parks, to es­cape the sounds of ve­hi­cles, con­struc­tion trucks, mo­tor­bikes, voices and so on, be­cause noise pol­lu­tion in this tiny is­land of ours is get­ting worse.

Un­for­tu­nately, ef­forts to reg­u­late noise have never been taken se­ri­ously in this coun­try as some other en- vi­ron­men­tal causes have been. They some­times have lost steam or been met with strong op­po­si­tion from in­dus­try and con­struc­tion groups.

There must be some places where I can go to have a few min­utes of peace and si­lence and es­cape the ca­coph­ony of this so-called ‘mod­ern world’. Some place where I can only hear the soft hum of in­sects, the rus­tle of leaves and the beau­ti­ful mu­sic of the birds – and NOT the never-end­ing noise of some truck with the sound of its mo­tor grow­ing louder by the minute! Jos Ed­mond Zarb Birkirkara

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