‘MORE THAN EVER BEFORE, WE NEED TO FALL BACK IN LOVE WITH THE LAND. SILENCE IS OUR MEETING PLACE’
Gordon Hempton is an acoustic ecologist and Emmy Award winning sound recordist. He has ‘circled the globe three times over the last 35 years in pursuit of Earth’s rarest nature sounds’. Gordon believes that preserving natural silence is as necessary as species preservation.
Fortunately, he considers rescuing silence to be less difficult than many of the other challenges we face. But first we have to recognise its value.
Through short extracts from one of his books, One Square Inch of Silence – One man’s quest to preserve quiet, Gordon explains why it’s time we began to take notice:
‘More than ever before, we need to fall back in love with the land. Silence is our meeting place.’
‘It is our birthright to listen, quietly and undisturbed, to the natural environment and take whatever meanings we may. Long before the noises of mankind, there were only the sounds of the natural world. Our ears evolved perfectly tuned to hear these sounds – sounds that far exceed the range of human speech, or even our most ambitious musical performances.
A passing breeze that indicates a weather change; the first birdsongs of spring heralding a re-greening of the land and a return to growth and prosperity; an approaching storm promising relief from a drought, and the shifting tide reminding us of the celestial ballet. All of these experiences connect us back to the land and to our evolutionary past.’
‘Silence nurtures our nature, our human nature, and lets us know who we are. Left with a more receptive mind and a more attuned ear, we become better listeners, not only to nature but to each other’
One Square Inch of Silence – One man’s quest to preserve quiet by Gordon Hempton and John Grossman