This year we invite you to learn all about night skies and why they are good for our health and the health of the planet too!
You can still see the Milky Way in The Land Between bioregion. In fact, it is the last place in southern Ontario that the mysterious star-blaze is in view….
But night skies are vanishing quickly, and with them our health and the biodiversity and life in our communities is also at risk.
Dark skies enable humans to reach REM sleep. This in turn, helps our immune systems and our metabolic processes. Artificial lighting attracts mosquitoes, allows algae to grow stronger and longer, interferes with regular cycles of plants, and confuses and confounds animals.
More than 80% of the world’s population is now affected by artificial lighting at night.
Did you know The Land Between is home to 2 Dark Sky Preserves and to the first one ever founded in Canada- The Torrance Barrens Dark Sky Preserve if found near Gravenhurst. Here you can let your spirit soar atop a rock barren while watching Orion sparkle. Or visit the Frontenac Dark Sky Preserve– a tourist attraction in the Land Between bioregion.
Most municipalities have dark sky lighting bylaws. Here are some easy tips and best practices for night lighting. Outdoor Lighting Affects_Robert Dick
Have a hoot- keep the lights out! How are you going to support night skies? Share your ideas and actions with us.