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The Bright Night Essay

1058 words - 4 pages

Society changed the way of living during the “dark sky”- there isn’t many stars visible which make the sky look plain and dark. Society innovation of street lights has created light pollution which sets them in a jeopardy state. The article "Our Vanishing Night" by Verlyn Klinkenborg, the author explains what the society is doing that created light pollution; for it is now effecting their environment. Urban environments were able to see stars above in the sky many years ago. An excessive number of street lights, not properly covered exposing the light towards the sky, are surrounding their environment. Light pollution has resulted in negative effects for the society because their environment become a hazard to live in.

Light pollution is happening because streetlights are not completely facing downwards to the sky. When street lights expose light to the sky where it’s not needed ; the sky made modification. Half of the light from a street light is used correctly to make a clear view during the night. Most of the light from a streetlight that isn’t covered aren’t useful. In low-income communities it is a stereotype that there is a higher crime rate happening during the night. Then urban society decide to increase the number of street lights in their community believing it can decrease the crime rate; using the light to have a clear view of the events happening from dusk to dawn. “Ill designed lighting washes out the darkness of the night and radically alters the light levels- and light rhythms- to which many forms of life, including ourselves, have adapted.” (pg. 240) Klinkenborg is correct; they have made a new bright night which they adjust to live in. They feel as if this is a normal adapt, however it only made the environment a hazard place.

Light pollution escalate the chances of women getting breast cancer. People that live in low-income communities have a higher rate than others because of the excessive amount of streets light being used in their community. When these people who are underprivileged get breast cancer it’s more likely for them to not have enough money to get treatment or surgery. They will not only have the disadvantage of living in a low- income community they also have to deal with the light pollution effects on their health. Low- income society’s might not know the risks that are rising due to the protection seem to need during the night. Breast cancer can soon develop to be a common disease which should be unacceptable.

Society changed habitats during the night which created light pollution as a result animals have to deal with the consequences because of their wrongdoing. Birds sleeping schedule have changed, they are now singing during the night. They are confusing the light from streetlights and daylight from the sun so they make them chirp during all light. Also has disturb the schedule of their migration; they belief it is breeding season so they will leave early and arrived in an un-ready condition. Light...

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