15 Ways to Reduce Light Pollution
1 Tell astronomers and non-astronomers about the skyglow issue, stressing energy and money wasted. What would they think if water mains leaked every few metres?
2 Convince interested parties that astronomers are normal people with the same needs as them. We donot want to switch off all the lights.
3 Ask libraries, electronic bulletin boards, environmental offices, education departments etc. to carry CfDS literature.
4 Inform local media. They often welcome "green" issues. Insist on some editorial control to avoid headlines like "Stargazers Call For Big Switch-Off"?,
5 Offer to speak in schools. Astronomy is part of the National Curriculum. Teachers will welcome your support and light pollution might well enter the discussion.
6 Ask neighbours about their lighting plans. If you are an astronomer, show them, at the telescope, why you enjoy the night sky. Point out that an astronomer is a better security device than a lamp.
7 Approach owners of obtrusive lights. Many individuals and organisafions will not even know they are causing a problem. Many friendly approaches have succeeded.
8 Write to local planners, lighting engineers, MPs, councillors and firms asking about lighting policy. Quote or send CfDS literature, ILE guidelines or extracts from BS5489.
9 Try to convince those who see modern, less glary lights as dimmer, that these lights are in fact more efficient, better directed, better for drivers and pedestrians, and save money.
10 Write to the DoE, 2 Marsham St., SWIP 3EB, asking why9 in spite of their campaign "Wasting Energy Costs the Earth" and mentioning in the 1995 "Rural England" white paper the need to save energy and control light pollution, they still refuse to take action on the total lack of regulation on outside lighting. "Education not Regulation" cannot work.
11 Ask your MEP to insist on the UK's adherence to European energy directives, through firm action on obtrusive lighting and its recognition as a potential nuisance.
12 Sound out the opinions of your local police and Watch schemes - the arguments for good-quality outdoor lights are contained in CfDS' "Security Lights" leaflet.
13 Try to forestall poor lighting on new developments by studying planning applications and forging links with your council.
14 HELP CfDS DIRECTLY by subscribing to its newsletter, donating to its fighting fund, becoming a local officer or correspondent and distributing its information.
15 Remember, carping criticism and "broadsides" don't win friends. Informed, polite and persistent debate just might. With all those experts on our side (Institution of Lighting Engineers, BSI, CPRE, Environmental Health Officers, Countryside Commission, Highways Agency, major supermarket chains, Commission Internationale de l'Eclairage ), we shall reclaim the night sky through reasoned argument and strength in numbers.
To our Children, The Stars
For information literature, and advice contact the CfDS coordinator
Bob Mizon, 38 The Vineries, Colehill, Wimborne, Dorset BH21 2PX.
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