A Case for Darkness

Photo by Aperture Vintage on Unsplash

Photo by Aperture Vintage

This past week we learned that the United States Men’s National Soccer Team will not be in the World Cup. Supporting the USMNT is really fun for me and it sucks that I won’t be rooting for them this time. But hey, Wales is killing it and my Uncle is here to remind me of that.

In other news, a Dark Sky Reserve is coming to the United States. What this means is that a section of Idaho has been recognized for “exceptional or distinguished quality of starry nights and nocturnal environment that is specifically protected for its scientific, natural, educational, cultural, heritage and/or public enjoyment” (Dark Sky). My first thought? We need more of these.

As I’ve written before, I love looking up at the night sky, trying to guess which constellations are visible. Staring at the sky gives me a sense of calm and wonder at how vast our universe is. If you have never seen the milky way in person, you need to plan a trip next summer (or winter, if you’re prepared for the cold).

During my visit to Mesa Verde National Park, I was astounded by the amount of light pollution from Farmington, NM and Cortez, CO. Here I am, in the middle of a park, to experience the sky and the city lights are hindering my ability.

Light pollution can completely change your experience. In my home state of New Mexico, they are very aware of the night sky and have ordinances in place to prevent light pollution. Not to mention the effect light has on wildlife (luckily places like Miami are aware of this and take measures to help sea turtles).

Take some time out of your life today and watch Lost in Light by Sriram Murali. Then, if you believe that the night sky is important, think about requesting an outdoor lighting ordinance in your community and update your outdoor lighting to be night friendly. Your city might already have something in place, but this is a good place to start.

Lost in Light from Sriram Murali on Vimeo.

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I am from New Mexico and love cooking, yoga, skiing, mountain biking, and exploring the outdoors. I also love to travel. I am a certified Ski Instructor.

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