Light pollution and the encroachment of sky glow are subtle yet pervasive problems that adversely affect our lives in many ways. The Astronomical League stands firm in its position advocating the responsible use of outdoor lighting: The right amount of light, in the right direction, at the right time.
The city of Chicago is planning to install 270,000 LEDs. It would benefit the quality of life of the residents in that area if those LEDs had a correlated color temperature of 3000K or less, and if their associated fixtures were fully shielded and pointed downward. In light of that, a petition to the mayor of Chicago, Rahm Emanuel, has been created to show support of quality outdoor lighting.
Petition. Bring Back Chicago's Starry Night with Responsible City Lighting:
Contact Audrey Fischer of the Chicago Astronomical Society for more information.
The Astronomical League supports rational and civil discourse to illuminate the facts about LED lighting and light pollution.