Dark Sky Week
International Dark Sky Week
International Dark Sky Week is a week-long celebration of the beauty of the night sky and the need to preserve it for future generations. It aims to raise awareness about light pollution and its effects on our planet and wildlife.
U-Konserve is committed to reducing our impact on the environment and preserving our planet for future generations. We believe that protecting the night sky is an essential part of this mission. That's why we want to take this opportunity to raise awareness and take action to preserve our nighttime environment.
How does light pollution affect the environment?
Sea turtle hatchlings leave their nests at night and instinctively follow the brighter horizon to direct them to the ocean. With the increase in light pollution near beaches, they head in the opposite direction and go inland towards streets, cities, and danger instead of the water. Some beaches have implemented turtle-safe lighting that keeps the light pointed downwards, but there is still significant light pollution near beaches leading turtles astray.
Nocturnal animals rely on the dark for sleep patterns, cover, and hunting. Artificial light at night can lead to disrupted behavior, mating, and migration patterns harming the survival instincts of nocturnal animals.
Lights at night can also be huge wastes of money and energy. The best way to eliminate unnecessary lighting is motion sensor street lighting and implementing renewable energy sources, such as solar powered lights.
How can you make a difference?
Decrease your use of lights outdoor. When lighting your backyards and outdoor areas choose anti light pollution options such as solar powered, downcast, and covered lights. Only use them when necessary.
Continue your research on the effects of light pollution and educate others. Many are unaware of the adverse environmental effects and concerns scientists have surrounding light pollution. Sharing this information will help increase awareness and bring "light" to the problem.