Quiet Parks International (QPI) is a non-profit committed to the preservation of quiet for the benefit of all life. It was formerly known as the One Square Inch of Silence Foundation (OSI).
In 2005, OSI was heralded as a naturally silent national treasure by acoustic ecologist Gordon Hempton, Founding Member of Quiet Parks International, who deemed it the least noise-polluted spot in the lower 48 states.
Quiet is Scarce
QPI recognizes the immediate need for identifying and protecting these endangered locations due to the realization that quiet places are quickly becoming extinct.
97% of U.S. population is exposed to noise from aviation and highways, quiet is nearly extinct (Source: Bureau of Transportation Statistics, United States Department of Transportation)
Noise is in the air: 3.979 billion passengers (2017) (Source: The World Bank)
Researchers estimated as many as 17% of teens (ages 12 to 19) have features of their hearing test suggestive of noise induced hearing loss in one or both ears, based on data from 2005-2006. (Source: National Institute of Health)
Noise is Harmful
Noise pollution causes cardiovascular disease, hypertension, sleep disturbance, annoyance, cognitive impairment, hearing impairment and tinnitus, and reduces quality of life, well being and mental health. (Sources: World Health Organization, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, National Institute of Deafness and Other Communication Disorder)
Quiet Parks International is currently creating a set of classifications, standards, testing methods, and management guidelines for the certification of the world’s pristine and endangered quiet places. Quiet Parks International has established the world’s first Wilderness Quiet Park and developed a list of over 262 potential sites around the globe that should be certified and preserved.
Quiet Parks International provides assistance with research, education, advocacy and conservation efforts to protect quiet for future generations.