Technology has allowed us to alter our relationship with nature and improve the human condition. Artificial light is powerful example of this. However, as with any technology, artificial light can do harm as well as good. It is incumbent upon us to use it appropriately.
• Separates us from experiencing the Universe in our daily lives,
• Poses risks to human health and safety,
• Alters the environment for other living things, great and small,
• Creates carbon emissions, contributing to climate change, and
• Wastes private and public money.
Our mission is to educate others on the adverse consequences of unnecessary lighting, the advantages of proper outdoor lighting, and to preserve dark sky environments in the Natural State for their ecological and esthetic value.
Steering Committee 2017
Jeremy Chamberlain, PhD
Ecology, Endocrinology, and Evolutionary Biology, University of Arkansas at Little Rock (Little Rock)
Biologist, University of Arkansas at Little Rock, CAAS Outreach Chair and NASA Solar System Ambassador (Little Rock)
Development (CCIM), Planning (AICP) and Environmental Consultant (Rogers)
James Bruce McMath
Lawyer, McMath Woods PA, member national IDA Grassroots Empowerment Committee (Little Rock)
Industrial Engineer with experience in developing lighting plans. (Hot Springs)
Retired Public Health Administrator. Webmaster (Maumelle)
Advisory Committee 2017
President, Explore Scientific
NCQLP Certified Lighting Consultant, TME Consultants
Graduate Institute of Technology, UALR
Community Volunteers 2017
Fayetteville & Rogers
James Bruce McMath
How You Can Help
No matter your situation this is a problem you can make a contribution toward solving. Here is a list of suggested action items.
1. Show public support for natural state skies by joining our Facebook page: Dark-Sky Arkansas. Less than a minute to do and makes an ongoing invaluable contribution.
2. Review your own lighting practices. This will be a physical contribution and save you money.
3. Explore this website and the International Dark Sky Association website to educate yourself further.
4. Join the International Dark Sky Association. Yes, this involves a bit of money but it is an essential universal lubricant for all progress.
5. Join https://darkskyar.groups.io/g/main where you can learn more about how to participate in public education and policy-making essential to achieving our mutual goals. Hey, maybe you don’t think you’re into all that right now but join anyway. One, you may be surprised and two, it will encourage others. While IDA membership is not required, a national advocacy group makes us stronger.
6. Whatever you do, invite and share with others. Share posts on Facebook and invite people to join it and the group.