See ‘The City Dark’ at Loaded Joe’s in Avon Tuesday
AVON — There’s just something about stargazing. It’s fascinating. In the Vail Valley, we are fortunate to have a clear view of the night sky; on a cloudless evening we can see hundreds of stars twinkling against a dark tapestry of night. As populations expand, cities sprawl and our busy lives demand constant light, people around the world are quickly loosing the ability to see the billions of stars above us and the galaxies beyond our own. In many places it is not even possible to see the night sky.
This constant illumination is called light pollution, and it is affecting people and animals much more than we may realize. Join filmmaker and amateur astronomer Ian Cheney in “The City Dark,” as he takes us on a journey in search of night on a planet that never sleeps.
The Sustainable Community Film Series — a project of Walking Mountains Science Center — continues with two screenings. The first takes place at Loaded Joe’s in Avon on Tuesday at 6:30 p.m. and the second at The Dusty Boot in Eagle on April 21 at 6:30 p.m.
LOOKING TO THE SKY
This is a visually stimulating documentary with glimpses into the spectacular world of astrophotography. Commentary is provided by respected cosmologists, astronauts, neurologists, biologists and many others witnessing the biological and anthropogenic consequences of our global light crisis.
According to Neil deGrasse Tyson, director of New York City’s famous Hayden Planetarium, “every civilization that we know of has built science (and sacred stories) about the night sky above.” We depend on the stars to guide us and humble us by giving perspective of our small existence in a massive universe.
LET THERE BE LIGHT
At the end of the 19th century, a simple invention changed everything; the face of civilization has been transformed by electric lighting.
Today, two-thirds of humans live in constant artificial light. Scientific research is now finding that constant light has detrimental effects on our nervous system, circadian rhythms and melatonin production — ultimately leading to cancerous tumor growth.
And humans aren’t the only ones affected by absence of dark. Animal habitats are impacted and natural instincts are disrupted, causing increased deaths of many species of birds, reptiles and bugs, some of which are already endangered. It is clear that we need light for many reasons: safety, productivity and health are obvious associations, but too much of anything could very well be the bane of existence.
Don’t miss April’s sustainable film, “The City Dark.” You may walk away with a better understanding of light and perhaps a greater appreciation for communities that are taking steps to reduce light pollution.
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