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April 8, 2013

Torah Kachur

We are in the middle of International Dark Skies Week and as I sit and look out on the Vancouver skyline on this April morning all I can see is glow, hazy glow.

 

66% percent of grade school students in Toronto have never seen the Milky Way, and surprisingly, this is not simply because Torontonians cannot see past their own nose.  We can't see stars anymore from our cities, we can't ponder the vast expanse that is the universe and we can only think we are the center of the universe we cannot see.

 

 

Image courtesy of Thierry Cohen

 

I get animated about light pollution and it's not just because the flashing lights of the city keep me up at night.  We can't see stars, which sucks.  But it's more than that, the creepy crawlies that survive in the darkness no longer have a habitat.  Moth population in the UK is dwindling because their affinity for light makes them sitting ducks for predators.  Baby sea turtles are walking into the lights of the big city and dying because they don't have the natural reflection of the ocean to guide the hatchlings.

 

Turn on your brain.  Turn off your lights. 

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