On Thursday 7 December at 4pm, Steve Tonkin, Dark Skies Advisor to the International Dark Sky Reserve will be here to speak to us about light pollution and the importance of dark skies.
Light Pollution was first identified as a problem by astronomers, but its consequences reach far wider. It is now widely recognised that artificial light at night, especially bright white light, can have profoundly negative effects on human health, and this is just the tip of an iceberg of harm. The effects on wildlife have been devastating, leading directly to the death of billions of birds each year and being the major driver of the insect apocalypse (studies suggest that 40% of insects will be extinct within the next few decades).
The solutions are at hand, are simple to implement, will have a net saving (of money, energy use and carbon emissions) and will not compromise security or our ability to safely work, travel and play at night. We need to act now.
There will also be a chance to use our telescopes after the talk to see the night sky for yourself with Steve, and with the help of Physics Teacher Miss Woodland who will be launching a space club next term. Everyone is welcome to stay and look through the telescopes but it will be weather dependent.
This event is open to everyone including friends and family members of any BGS pupils and pupils of other local school. Visitors please wait in reception and someone will come and escort you to the event. There is no need to book but if you intend to come it would be appreciated if you could email email@example.com to give us an idea of numbers. Refreshments will be provided. Any questions please email Mrs. Bourton-Clark on firstname.lastname@example.org