What is light pollution, what impact does it have, and what are simple things we can do as individuals, organizations, and citizens to reduce its impact? Light pollution has been growing at twice the rate of population growth since 1950, and now 99% of Americans live under light-polluted skies. Light pollution affects human health and wellness, as well as ecosystem health; it wastes money, contributes to climate change, and adds to environmental injustice. Learn what light pollution is (and isn’t), why it’s important to combat it, and what we can all do to reduce it (hint: it doesn’t involve everyone sitting in the dark).
Todd Burlet is a Delegate with the International Dark-Sky Association (IDA), which has been the world’s leading authority on light pollution since 1988, and is also President of Starry Skies North, the Minnesota and Mid-Continent chapter of the IDA.