“SPACE, an NGO, will celebrate the Great Indian Star Count (GSIC) from October 29 to November 12 wherein school children, amateur astronomers and public will be involved in the project.
“Artificial light is essential for our modern society. However, its increased use can cause problems like light pollution,” SPACE Director C.B. Devgun said.
“Light pollution is a concern on many fronts like safety, energy conservation, cost and health besides our ability to view the stars,” he said.
“GISC is a scientific survey to quantify light pollution by counting the number of stars that can be seen in the skies. It is a dedicated campaign for better use of lighting and illumination used in our day-to-day lives, efficient use of electricity and saving of electrical energy,” he said.
SPACE is conducting the programme in India on behalf of the Great Worldwide Star Count this year. GISC has been conducted for several years as part of Project Dark Skies to increase awareness of how light pollution affects visibility, he said.”
Over one billion inhabitants populate India today. As such, Indians represent a large portion of the global population. It doesn’t matter if you live in a village, town, city or metropolis around the world, light pollution is a global problem, with no borders. The more the general populace of the world understands the harmful effects of light pollution, the more we will all, as in humans, will want to eliminate it. Ironically enough, we can solve the problem – right now. Shielded light fixtures eliminate sky glare, glow and trespass.
Let there be night!