At noon on 19 September 1999 the first annual Silent Oceans Day marked the beginning of a five-year process of global consciousness-raising, educational programs, and the creation of international standards concerning human sound pollution in the ocean. Silent Oceans Day is a grassroots effort to create a symbolic nine minutes of silence observed sequentially in all the oceans of the world. In the spirit of cooperation ships turned off their engines, underwater construction ceased, geological blasting and drilling paused, deafening sonars were turned off. Not everyone cooperated in this first year, of course. But for those nine minutes the ocean's sound sphere was a little freer from human interference, allowing the voice of the earth to be heard. For further information call 860-567-1999.
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