A Law To Decrease Light Pollution So Future Generations Can See The Night Sky.

A Law To Decrease Light Pollution So Future Generations Can See The Night Sky.

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Kalpit Vishnoi started this petition to Parliament Of India and

                                                           PROBLEM

I'm a 15-year-old and also an environment lover. I am one of those unlucky people who have never seen the milky way galaxy. I frequently hear my parents say that when they were kids, they used to see lots of stars and the Milky Way Galaxy when they slept outside but I can only see those stars either on the internet in pics or deserted non-residential areas. I want my future generations to see the night sky and the Milky Way Galaxy. I want my future generation to nature in a way I can't. Even at Midnight, there are very few stars visible. This may also lead to night eyesight degradation as we use our night sight very less because of lights. The only time we use night sight is when we turn our lights off and go to sleep and that too, for just some minutes. The main reason for the above is the use of excessive lights or narrowly speaking, is non-efficient use of lights which leads to wastage of most of light which then leads to light pollution.

                                                           SOLUTION

The government can make a law restricting/ limiting the use of excessive artificial light or setting standards for lights which leads to the emission of lights only at the time or place where it is needed. Example - Street lights can be modified which turn on only when vehicles or pedestrians pass (as at midnight, vehicles pass less frequently and the light is turned on the whole night), Lights in warehouses(which keep turn on the whole night or even days while it is needed only when workers are working it there), etc. The moral use of lights by the public at the correct time will also contribute to the solution of this problem.

                                                           BENEFITS

It will help the children like me to attach to nature in a better way. They can find constellations. Maybe, they will become astronomers just because of this. It will help astronomers to have a better sight of space from their observatories. It will promote amateur star sighters. It will also have an economic and environmental effect as people will use less electricity and thus a decline in the pollution of the energy sector. 

It is not a silly problem, as many people will think, but a need for today's world in which teens and children getting away from nature and moving towards mobile phones. It is my humble request to you to please sign this petition so that this problem gets to the notice of the government. Please search and get info about Light Pollution and don't forget to see the images.

I could not write a lot of things like glare and direct effect of Light Pollution on birds and environment but if you are interested in knowing more, I have linked some of the resources which do, according to me, give a lot of information about Light Pollution. :)

Resources:

https://youtu.be/XJXsIeqOKT0

https://youtu.be/0FXJUP6_O1w

https://youtu.be/vk_yirISflc

www.darksky.org

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