Help us Stop Noise Pollution by Shalom Embassy Church Chelston Branch in Madido area of Lusaka.
For far too long Shalom Embassy Church Chelstone Branch which has erected a tent for its worship service in Madido area along Pylon road has been disturbing our peace in our homes and community due to its loud amplification of the sermons, songs, music, drums and various other services and programs through its Public Address and Music system. This is a matter that must come to an end as it is a serious hazard to our health's,general well being, our peace and also a breech of the laws of Zambia.
In accordance to THE ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AND POLLUTION CONTROL ACT CHAPTER 204 OF THE LAWS OF ZAMBIA
"noise" means any undesirable sound, that is intrinsically objectionable or that can cause adverse effects on human beings, animals or the environment;
We hereby ask you to sign this petition to help us stop the noise pollution coming from the named Church in this petition. This petition will be handed over to the Local Authorities for further actions to ensure the law is enforced.
Noise pollution is very hazardous to our health. It affects one and all, but more so for the sick, elderly, children and students. There are many causes of noise pollution and the main culprit is the extensive and abusive use of amplifiers across Zambia, among all sections of our society as is evident by the number of cases we now have in the courts of Law.
According to World Health Organization (WHO), “Large city noise is considered to be the third most hazardous pollution.” There are many vulnerable groups of people who are most affected by noise pollution such as the young, the elderly, and the hospitalized. Noise has numerous health effects making noise pollution a public health concern. To name a few, these effects include elevated blood pressure, noise-induced hearing loss, sleep disorders, heart ailments and even cognitive impairment in children. In addition, noise pollution also creates a decrease in the performance at work and school.
Under the World Health Organization the right to noise free environment has also been recognized as a fundamental right. Right to religion does not include right to perform religious activities on loud speaker and electronic goods which produce high velocity of noise.