For five billion years the earth has known night and day. The biology of every living thing – save perhaps at the bottom of the sea – has evolved in this cycle. But, light-pollution is pushing the night away and is drawing a veil of light between us and the universe over our heads.
Until just a century ago the night sky was an intimate part of every human life, hanging over our ancestor’s heads from dusk to dawn in every corner of the planet. Orion the hunter stalked the winter skies while Scorpio pursued him in the summer sky. For our more distant ancestors, the night sky was clock, calendar, compass and even library as they hung stories of their gods, heroes and villains on the patterns they saw in the stars.
Its power to inspire the human spirit and imagination is evident. In literature – what romance was complete without time under the stars! In architecture, Stonehenge and pyramids on two continents attest, while in art, from primitive petroglyphs to the works of Van Gogh, it has stirred the visual muse.
However, like a frog in a slowly heated pan, the loss of the night sky has occurred so gradually that for a time we failed to notice its passing. But as the darkness recedes to ever smaller and more distant reservoirs of nature, and the cost and loss of it have become increasingly apparent, people are beginning to cry, “enough”!
This website is such a cry. Please linger, learn and join the effort starting with your home, then your neighborhood, your town, and our state. Responsible lighting will provide us with all the benefits artificial light has to offer, while minimizing the numerous, esthetic, environmental and health impacts.
Thanks for visiting and join us on our Facebook Group – https://www.facebook.com/groups/ARK.IDA/
Steering Committee 2018
Jeremy Chamberlain, PhD
Ecology, Endocrinology, and Evolutionary Biology, University of Arkansas at Little Rock (Little Rock)
Development (CCIM), Planning (AICP) and Environmental Consultant (Rogers)
Industrial Engineer with experience in developing lighting plans (Hot Springs)
Biologist, University of Arkansas at Little Rock, CAAS Outreach Chair and NASA Solar System Ambassador (Little Rock)
James Bruce McMath
Lawyer, McMath Woods PA, member national IDA Grassroots Empowerment Committee (Little Rock)
Retired Public Health Administrator Webmaster (Maumelle)
Advisory Committee 2018
President, Explore Scientific
NCQLP Certified Lighting Consultant, TME Consultants
Graduate Institute of Technology, UALR
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: Arkansas Natural Sky Association. 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.