Cumbria's dark skies allow us to see the natural wonder of the stars, but are also critical for the health wildlife and our own natural well-being. Sadly light pollution in Cumbria is increasing each year, threatening to obscure our view of the stars and blinding and confusing animals so they can’t feed or find a mate. We need urgent action now to stop light pollution. Stargazers, photographers, wildlife lovers and local communities… please help.
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A star filled night sky gives us a free display of arguably the most important natural wonder humans experience. That’s why we are passionate to protect Cumbria’s Dark Sky environment for everyone and future generations. Light pollution is growing at 2% each year, and new research suggests it could be as much as 10%.
The benefits of darkness are well documented, increasing human wellbeing and supporting ecological systems to thrive. Scientists warn that pollution caused by excessive lighting is altering the night cycle of people, animals and plants and preventing the sky observation. We need to take immediate action.
To highlight our dark skies and the impacts of lighting we’re running our ‘Big Switch Off’ event again, this year in Keswick on Thursday 8th February from 7pm and in Ambleside and Grasmere on Friday 9th from 7pm. Following the success of three previous events, street lights will be turned off and businesses and residents are encouraged to take part turning their own lights off. Thank you to all of our partners in helping to make this event a success.