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Save the Night

Thursday, November 07, 2013 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM
Alkek Library The Wittliff Gallery

Is it dark outside? Is it really dark? Darkness is a thing for the environment as well as your emotional and physical well-being. The reasons why disappearing “dark skies” can adversely affect plant and animal life (including humans) will be explained November 7 when nationally recognized conservationist and author Paul Bogard joins Cindy Luongo Cassidy to discuss the impact of artificial light on the environment and its inhabitants.

Bogard and Cassidy, who specializes in ways to reduce light pollution, will present a “Save the Night” lecture and question-and-answer session to examine the impact of nighttime artificial light on your physical, mental and spiritual health. Bogard is the author of the book The End of Night: Searching for Natural Darkness in an Age of Artificial Light (called a “lyrical and far-reaching book” by the Boston Globe) and will sign copies of his book after the lecture.

In his book, Paul reminds us that, “A starry night is one of nature’s most magical wonders.  Yet in our artificially lit world, three-quarters of Americans’ eyes never switch to night vision and most of us no longer experience true darkness.”

Cassidy, a member of the Hill Country Alliance “Night Sky Team” and a Hays County Master Naturalist, will discuss how to make small changes in illumination that result in helping to restore the brilliance of the stars to Hill Country skies. “A dark night sky full of big bright stars is important here in the Hill Country, just like clean rivers, scenic vistas and natural landscapes,” says Cindy.

Susan Hanson
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Save the Night