ACOUSTIC POLLUTION DOES NOT ALLOW US TO HEAR NATURE
Noise pollution is so present in our day-to-day life, that paradoxically, sometimes we don't hear it. However, it is a serious environmental problem that is not restricted to the urban environment.
The noise causes 16,600 premature deaths a year in Europe , almost 32 million adults suffer from stress and another 13 million suffer from sleep problems, according to estimates by the European Environmental Agency collected by Ecologists in Action.
When we talk about noise pollution we think of the traffic of big cities, not nature. However, there are natural areas in which the noise level is multiplied by ten times the action of man.
A study from the University of Colorado published in the journal Science , reveals that 63% of natural protected areas in the US record noises of human origin , which double the volume of nature's sounds.
"We have a real problem that is aggravating exponentially" , explains José Escudero, educator and guide of educational excursions A walk to perceive nature through play and music , organized by the National Center for Environmental Education (Ceneam) .
"It has become commonplace to find people in an idyllic spot listening to music instead of the symphony of birds . " In situations such as, for example, in which a reggaeton rhythm prevents hearing the sound of the waves, Escudero calls for action: “Your right ends where mine begins. Portable speakers have led to this becoming more frequent and that is a problem. We need silence, we need to be able to hear what is really happening around us . ”
Music and nature
If we pay attention, in silence we will also hear the odd melody. Music and nature "are intimately linked," says Escudero, " music is built from structures that we recognize . The most basic are associated with natural phenomena. The most primitive thing that there can be of the rhythm would be the footsteps, something that we recognize as cyclical, which is repeated ”
Escudero, author of the book Musical Games in Nature , proposes to the workshop participants, reconnect with these sounds. “ Every landscape has its music and I invite you to listen to it . We are so used to going in a group that we don't stop to hear what is around . ”
The participants of their workshops should remain silent for a few minutes alone, scattered among the poplars and poplars of Valsaín (Segovia), "many teenagers have told me: 'I had never been so long I just listened.' "
Then, "I tell you to capture some sequence that is repeated - the song of a cricket, the gallop of a horse, etc. -, with which we will then make music . " Once in a group and with the help of elements collected in nature, each one will reproduce the rhythm he has chosen until he builds a composition together.
"It's a different way of becoming aware of the world around us , " says Escudero. If we want to continue hearing “the music of nature” , and not from a degraded environment, we must learn to value our environment and every little element that composes it.