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Reclaiming Our Dark Skies


Just 1 in 50 people in England experience nights that are free from light pollution, according to the results of a recent survey undertaken for the Campaign to Protect Rural England (CPRE).

Light pollution is a generic term referring to artificial light which shines where it is neither wanted nor needed.

The work of the CPRE suggests that the situation has not improved since it raised the issue some 12 years ago and that, regrettably, too many individuals are unable to witness the glories of a starry night.

Stargazing, of course, is not the only reason for craving the darkness: artificial light at night can rob people of their sleep and harm health. It can also have disruptive effects on wildlife.

Emma Marrington from the CPRE encourages authorities to dim lights wherever feasible (whilst reconciling safety issues). Householders are also urged not to leave outdoor lights on overnight. Leaving them on has become increasingly affordable with the widespread use of LEDs.

Ms Marrington said: 'Light doesn't respect boundaries, and careless use can see it spread for miles from towns, cities, businesses and motorways. That results in the loss of one of the countryside's most magical sights — a dark, starry night sky'.

For more information on the CPRE Website CLICK HERE