As we sought darker skies last weekend in the hopes of seeing the Perseids Meteor Shower, light pollution hampered our experience in both Malta and Gozo.
The statements made by Prof. Joseph Caruana and ASM president Kurt Catania in this article are echoed by ASM. Light pollution is an issue that is harming much more than the view of our night skies. Increasing night sky brightness is affecting the wellbeing of plants, animals, and society!
Decisive action must be taken to reduce light pollution. And reducing light pollution is, in fact, very achievable! Properly designed lighting informed by scientific literature, and adequate enforcement would help a great deal with securing our dark skies for future generations.
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