These angelic little lambs no longer required to be silent
Children in the German capital Berlin are to be exempt from strict laws on noise pollution.
An amendment to the city’s law now makes it “fundamentally and socially tolerable” for members of the younger generation to make a racket.
Berlin has become the first of Germany’s 16 federal states to adopt such legislation.
But all Berliners – children included – must continue to respect the official quiet time at night and all day Sunday.
Until now, only church bells, emergency sirens, snow ploughs and tractors have fallen outside the stringent rules on excessive noise in Germany.
Now Berlin’s local government, the senate, has passed a law giving children the right to be noisy, the first law of its kind in Germany.
Axel Strohbusch, from Berlin’s Department of Noise Protection, said it was “the first time we have it written in law that we have to consider the rights of children to shout and make noise while they are growing up and this must be considered by all the neighbours”.
It’s inconceivable to me that someone would legislate quietness for children. It’s a great reason not to live next to an elementary school; but – turning nature on its head never accomplishes very much good.