Create a well-crafted piece that expresses your relationship with the night sky and whether you think it is an important problem for urban ecologists, architects, planners, and designers to address.

Read the instruction carefully, and the video is not available for you, but still you can find the reviews and short clips on this video on Youtube. The name of the video is “The City Dark” by Ian Cheney.

Aubrey Larson presented a terrific overview of the opportunities and challenges we face now that our understanding of the impacts of artificial light is coming into focus.

Research indicates that LAN (Light at Night) increases our risk of contracting specific cancers. We also know that artificial light in cities disorients birds as they navigate night flight, leading to millions of bird deaths around the world annually. Ornithologists are working hard to educate citizens about steps they can take to help mitigate the problem of light pollution. From energy conservation, public health and safety to air pollution, the challenges of artificial light and our vanishing dark take many forms.

our colleague Joni Clayton was able to connect you with a stream of the movie “City Dark” that you saw as a trailer in class today. Please view the movie in its entirety before writing your POV:

Please create a well-crafted piece that expresses your relationship with the night sky and whether you think it is an important problem for urban ecologists, architects, planners, and designers to address. Contemplate the invisible effects of the night sky on your life. Does it affect your sense of wonder? Through the lens of urban ecology, is light pollution a problem that planners and other built environment professionals should address? Do you have meaningful family stories or times with friends or groups that inform your sense of wonder and connection to the night sky?

If you’d like, here’s a classic song that may jump-start your thoughts: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iJTvjoSfazM