In a society permeated with the ever-growing and rapidly paced development of commercialism, infrastructure and endless technology, there are less-obvious facets of the impacts on the planet than what most people would consider when they hear the word pollution. Despite the obvious detriment to the food and water supply, and the quality of the atmosphere, another kind of pollution is at play. Artificial light pollution is just at harmful to the environment, but lesser known than it’s aforementioned counterparts.
Night skies are disappearing at astonishing rates. It’s estimated that nearly 80 percent of Americans have never even seen the Milky Way. While this may seem inconsequential to most, scientists have discovered in recent years that artificial light pollution affects humans and nocturnal animals in perilous ways. This has spurned an international movement to help preserve and protect natural nighttime environments.