7:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Learn more about using artificial light at night without harming the environment, with Steve Tonkin
Cranborne Chase AONB’s astronomer discusses the issue of light pollution and how we can all help to reduce our energy use and potential on the environment when we need to use artificial light at night.
Get some tips from Steve and find out how you can help on Wednesday 23 February 2022 at 7.30pm.
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Light Pollution was first identified as a problem by astronomers, but its consequences reach far wider. It is now widely recognised that artificial light at night, especially bright white light, can have profoundly negative effects on human health, and this is just the tip of an iceberg of harm. The effects on wildlife have been devastating, leading directly to the death of millions of birds each year and being the major driver of the insect apocalypse (studies suggest that 40% of insects will be extinct within the next few decades).
The solutions are at hand, are simple to implement, will have a net saving (of money, energy use and carbon emissions) and will not compromise security or our ability to safely work, travel and play at night. We need to act now before it is too late.
Steve Tonkin FRAS Steve is the Dark Skies Advisor to the AONB, and is an astronomy educator, STEM ambassador, and author. He is frequently interviewed about astronomical matters on local radio, and is in demand as a speaker at astronomical societies and festivals.