Protect the Night Sky

Tuesday, February 7th at 6 pm Pacific

How can you protect our beautiful night skies? Why does it matter?

From astrotourism to migratory birds, from human health to energy conservation, Dark Skies Initiative Coordinator Stephen Hummel will join us to talk about the many threats of light pollution and the success of the world’s largest area where the night sky is protected: the Greater Big Bend International Dark Sky Reserve – more than 15,000 square miles in Texas and northern Mexico.

80% of Americans and one third of the world’s population can’t see the Milky Way from where they live. Most migratory birds use celestial navigation and light pollution disrupts their course and their feeding and breeding cycles. Moths, butterflies, and other insects “exhaust themselves to death or overheat under white, blue, and ultraviolet light sources.” Nocturnal birds rely on the dark for safety.

But unlike many environmental problems, light pollution has relatively inexpensive and immediate solutions. These solutions save money, protect the environment, and promote natural beauty.

Join your fellow Rotarians from around the world “in” Big Bend Texas at the McDonald Observatory, this Tuesday, February 7th at 6 pm PacificĀ to learn how many simple changes you can make in your home, your business, and your community.

Comment below for Metro’s permanent Zoom link or join us for dinner in downtown Eugene where we love supporting local business at The Davis Restaurant.

3 Responses

  1. Having a celestial experience brings calmness humility, and reconnect us with the natural beauty of our planet. It is essential to protect us from light pollution.

  2. When we moved to Port Orford from Northern Virginia in 1998, we were absolutely amazed by the incredible night skies in our area! Except for Middle East deserts, we had never seen such clear skies, with the entire Milky Way and whole constellations visible most nights – unencumbered by urban light pollution. We joined the local Dark Skies efforts and helped convinced many residents to cap their outdoor lights to prevent upward and sideways light pollution. Our skies remain pristine and a pure joy!

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