PM and Light Pollution

Light pollution is bad for so many reasons. It stops us seeing the beautiful night sky, it affects wildlife, adds to carbon emissions for no benefit and bright lights probably doesn't make us any safer. Now, if you're a British citizen (or resident/expat/in an overseas territory/a Crown dependency/in the UK Armed Forces) you can join a petition against floodlighting of Government buildings on the official 10 Downing Street website (seen via Davep).

This new petition feature is part of the Prime Minister's website and there are already many petitions about a whole range of topics. As it stands at the moment, more people would rather the Prime Minister stand on his head and juggle icecream (1146 names) and force all road designers to cycle on the cycle lanes they plan (259) than reduce light pollution (183) ;-). However, with so many petitions on topics both familiar (to those in the UK) and esoteric, I do wonder how much effect they will actually have on Government policy.

Posted in astro blog by Stuart on Monday 27th Nov 2006 (10:47 CET) | Permalink
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