Check out this seriously disturbing satellite picture of the USA at night time! Blinded?
This is shocking to me, and I hope you too. It’s not that I didn’t realize that we had so many lights on, all the time, I realize this – I can see the lights of downtown from my house, but this is from space, PEOPLE!
We don’t realize the beauty of the night and the stars, until we can’t see them anymore. And light pollution causes us to not see the sky like it is meant to be seen. We know too little about “light pollution”, a very serious and growing problem!
Light pollution does more than block our beautiful star system, (according to the IDA – International Dark-Sky Association) wasted light is the equivalent of 32 million barrels of oil each year!!!
Also, migration of animals from cities might happen because they become confused with the light all the time, since many animals hunt and mate at night and birds rely on the moonlight and stars to guide them!
Most of the light pollution is in the big cities, obviously, but as you can see it is all over the U.S.! I can see the outline of ALL of the Great Lakes!! And look at the east coast… yikes!
Sure, much of this light pollution is from building, parking lots, and stadiums… but also from the light fixture on your garage or front door!
Earth Day is April 22nd and I encourage you to think twice about hitting that porch light switch!