World Listening Day 2022 – Listening Across Boundaries

The theme for World Listening Day 2022 “Listening Across Boundaries” invites us to explore the role of listening across branches of knowledge including scientific, medical, and musical purposes; how natural soundscapes do not recognize human-drawn boundaries of protected areas or countries; listening across cultures; the remarkableness and challenges of listening virtually; and seeming limitations or barriers to listening that can be overcome.

Some sound transmission channels are expanding across geographical and technological boundaries  – especially in the virtual realm – and we need to adapt to best seek opportunities. Some listening spaces are seemingly limited by pandemic precautions, yet have untapped potential. Other areas and ways of listening are unexplored, waiting to be discovered, hiding insights at intersections of boundaries and unheard perspectives. As more of the world becomes interconnected and online, it is important to be inclusive of all peoples of the world who have not had as much voice at the table. Climate change shifts ecological and biome boundaries, forcing migrations of flora, fauna, and people. It is imperative to document and listen to existing and changing soundscapes.

As we listen across boundaries, in ways previously unimaginable, we gain respect and insights, and connect.

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