There are at least nine reasons to reduce light pollution and to protect the natural night sky.
They go beyond nature conservation to touch upon appropriate design and land development control policies.
To preserve the ecological integrity of natural environments.
To ensure the full enjoyment of a wilderness experience.
To appreciate the integrity, character and beauty of rural landscapes.
To protect and present the commemorative integrity (authenticity) of cultural sites.
To contribute to energy efficiency.
To preserve traditions that relate to celestial mythologies, navigation and other cultural aspects.
To protect human health, both medical and psychological.
To benefit scientific and amateur astronomy and the right to enjoy the night sky.
To improve personal security through non-glare lighting in urban areas.
Starry skies are a vanishing treasure because light pollution is washing away our view of the cosmos.
It not only threatens astronomy, it disrupts wildlife, and affects human health. The yellow glows over cities and towns — seen so clearly from space — are testament to the billions spent in wasted energy from lighting up the sky.
To help raise public awareness of some of the issues pertaining to light pollution, Loch Ness Productions in collaboration with the International Dark-Sky Association has created a 6.5-minute "public service announcement" called Losing the Dark. It introduces and illustrates some of the issues regarding light pollution, and suggests three simple actions people can take to help mitigate it. Losing the Dark was initially created in fulldome video format for digital planetarium use. It also has been made as a conventional flat screen video, for use in classrooms, kiosks, museum theaters, and advocate multimedia presentations.
Classic planetarium theaters without fulldome capability can show this version using their traditional video projectors.
Losing the Dark is a joint production of the International Dark-Sky Association and Loch Ness Productions.
Become part of the AMIDSR Dark Skies community at local events.
If you have a concern about a light source please contact a member of the AMIDSR Board or the Mackenzie District Council.
Dark Sky Friendly spaces will soon be recognised in the Reserve with AMIDSR certification. To express your interest in becoming certified as a Dark Sky Friendly space click here.
Mackenzie Basin Information
Astronomy related links
AMIDSR is taking a leadership role in developing the concept of New Zealand as a Dark Sky Nation.