Slowly destroying natural beauty

September 29, 2015

 

On Sunday night people throughout the globe gazed up to the sky to witness a rare event.
The “Super Blood Moon”, as some were calling, won’t be visible again till 2033 but will we be able to even see it? 


Light pollution is the leading cause the vibrant and star filled night sky is slowly fading away. 
Light pollution, also known as photopollution or luminous pollution, is excessive, misdirected, or obtrusive artificial light.


New lights are turning on every night to keep up with our growing population and demands.
Some people set up new lights for security, others for fear, but this increase in light is having a negative effect on the night sky.


Negative outcomes of light pollution are degradation of photic habitat by artificial light, alteration of natural light levels in the outdoor environment owing to artificial light sources, and making it harder for celestial objects to be seen. 


Nocturnal species of animals and insects are also affected by light pollution. They are visible to predators and it reduces the time they have to find food, shelter, or mates and reproduce.


The solution seems simple, just turn off the light, right? But with our growing population our “needs” for lighting is increasing. 


U.S. roadways also contribute a huge amount of waste light. All of that bad lighting could be redone by replacing the up-pointing 300W halogen bulbs with more efficient LED lights and by pointing the LEDs downwards. 


There are also other solutions to help fight light pollution from the comfort of our home. You may use lower wattage light bulbs or replace unloved lights with motion sensor lights that only flip on when they’re triggered.


It is hard to believe that the Milky Way Galaxy was once visible from our back yard, now we must make hour long driving trips to try to get a glimpse.


We may think it is impossible to stop light pollution, but you’ll be amazed by how long a simple change in our daily light usage can go. 

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