Dark skies

Four people stargazing silhouetted against the milky way
Starry skies are one of the most magical sights the countryside can offer iStock

The loss of dark sky – and the harm caused by light pollution across the country – affects us all and should matter to everyone. Light pollution is the soiling of the natural twilight and night-time environment by artificial light.

Why does it matter?

  • It destroys a precious heritage of natural beauty that for millennia has inspired us and expanded our understanding
  • It is wasteful, consuming resources unnecessarily and contributing to climate change
  • It is associated with risks to human health and well-being
  • It disrupts wildlife and impacts the wider ecology and biodiversity
  • It travels far from its source, escaping to pollute the countryside
  • Our roads and neighbourhoods can still be safe with informed lighting design and practice

Starry skies are one of the most magical sights the countryside can offer. We want to reclaim our dark skies.

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