A loss of darkness

We are losing our dark skies! It won’t be long before only the moon will be visible in the Upstate night sky.

Excessive and inappropriate artificial light has been documented to have numerous negative effects. It is harmful to wildlife and the ecosystem.

Artificial light also negatively affects humans’ circadian rhythm. It wastes energy and thus indirectly is a contributor to global warning. Everywhere humans go, we install lights.

Some argue that lights prevent crime. There have been numerous studies that indicate the contrary. Yes, there are times to appropriately illuminate an area for safety and security.

It is time to preserve our night skies before they are lost forever. The International Dark-Sky Association (IDA) mission is to preserve and protect the nighttime environment and our heritage of dark skies through

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