Light pollution is any artificial light that goes where it's not supposed to. Fighting light pollution does not mean turning all the lights off. It's about being sensible about our lighting choices. A map of what light pollution looks like.
The night skies remind us of our place in this Universe. The Universe gives us identity, makes us feel a connection. It gives us perspective. Astronomy has inspired countless minds in our history. We've lost the potential for thousands of great minds; robbing children of finding their passion for Astronomy. Astronomy is a humbling and character building experience like Carl Sagan puts it. Being under a sky full of stars makes you feel tiny, humble, kind and caring. But, thanks to light pollution, most people lack this connection.
A Tech Talk on light pollution, its effects on night skies, our health, wildlife and beyond and what we can do about it. Check it out if you are interested in learning more.
People often think bright lights are safer. Better lighting is actually safer. Motion sensors are much better for safety than leaving lights on all light. Bright lights, in fact, help burglars see everything. Turn off lights when not in use. Problem is we lack this connection - lights = electricity = burning fuel. 67% of USA's electricity comes from burning fossil fuels(Stats from eia.gov)