Thu, 06 Oct|
Shaftesbury Town Hall
The Right Light at Night
Light Pollution has negative effects on human health, leads to the death of millions of birds each year, and is the major driver of the insect apocalypse. What can YOU do? Illustrated talk by astronomer Steve Tonkin. Open to all. Free admission.
Time & Location
06 Oct 2022, 19:20 – 21:30
Shaftesbury Town Hall, 21 High St, Shaftesbury SP7 8JE, UK
About the Event
The Right Light at Night 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, but 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. What can you do?
Steve Tonkin will present this illustrated talk. He is an astronomy author and educator, and is the Dark Skies Advisor to the International Dark Sky Reserve on Cranborne Chase AONB.
We continue to be cautious about Covid, please stay away if you are unwell or have tested positive and respect one another's space. We'll keep the room ventilated and mask-wearing is optional. The talk will start at 7.30.