Dark Sky Initiative

A Bright Solution to Light Pollution

Hi. I’m Stargeezer Jack, A Dark-Sky, Stew-Stirring Kinda Guy

Please consider this:   Instead of  ‘MErica  First!   Let’s make it…

Earth First In Things, Thoughts, Deeds, Decisions!

Welcome to my rabble-rousing, ruckus-raising, evolving website. Please return often. ENGAGE…

Wednesday,  12 – 13 – 17.  Estimated reading time:  5  minutes.

Edward Abbey: You can’t study the darkness (night) by flooding it with light.

Wendell Berry: There are no unsacred places; there are only sacred places and desecrated places.

I can lead you to knowledge, but I can’t make you think.  

No one ever changed the rules by following them.

Eliminate Lights That Desecrate Nights!

I’m Jack Troeger, lifelong stargazer and Earth Hugger.  The LORAX spoke for the trees.  I speak for Earth, all Species, and Galaxies!  I live in Iowa, Flyoverland, America’s most environmentally altered state, where air, water, soil, and night skies are polluted. Iowa before and after.

The Milky Way vanishes in the glare and glow of city lights, especially blue-rich LEDs! I fight light blight. I do not give in, give up, give out!  Please join me: Eliminate Lights That Desecrate Nights!

I’m a retired 9th grade earth science (geology, astronomy, meteorology) teacher.  It’s who I am — my passion — not what I did.  I’ve always been a teacher.  I miss my students and my subjects more than words can express.  Wonderful times, wonderful kids, wonderful memories.  Over the years I taught, I whacked ‘n whittled my lo-o-o-ng definition of schooling, teaching, learning, education down to four simple words:  Ask Questions!  Seek Answers!   You are welcome to use them if you wish, but please, not for $$$$.  I despise $$$$!

Please read Derrick Jensen’s new book, The Myth of Human Supremacy.

 

My Dark Sky Pledge

I pledge devotion to the stars of the majestic Milky Way Galaxy, and to a dark night sky in which they shine; one cosmos, overhead, clearly visible, with liberty from bright light for all.

Two Light Pollution Solutions:

1. A Moonlight Revolution / NLO    2. Eliminate Civilization!   Choose.

I have a hunch you chose choice 1. But what about choice 2?  It WOULD eliminate lights that desecrate nights!  OK, before you get your knickers in a knot, here’s a brief description of choice 1.

Milky Way. Terrence Dickinson

Milky Way.     T. Dickinson

Vorrarit Anantsorrarak

Vorrarit Anantsorrarak

Eighty percent of Americans can’t see the Milky Way. When people ask: “But Stargeezer, how can I eliminate lights that desecrate nights?” they’re really asking, “How can I eliminate lights…without changing my lifestyle?”  Few will alter their lifestyle (deathstyle?), but there’s a different way … NLO, Make It So!

Edward Abbey – Action Is The Antidote To Despair.

Nothing will change until we change ourselves: stop voting for people who care only about growth and money. We must eliminate the System that controls and dominates our lives, our thoughts and our actions, and adopt a different creed ‘n credo:

Earth First In Things, Thoughts, Deeds, Decisions!

KISS: Keep It Simple, Stargazers!  Or as my friend, The Silver Weasel says, KISS – Keep It Starlit, Stupid!

My  Dark  Sky  Initiative  Simplified  and  Magnified:

Light Pollution.   One Solution.   Moonlight Revolution.   NLO!   Make It So!

The Moon's The Tune!

The Moon’s The Tune!

NLO, Nature’s Lighting Ordinance. Before the Industrial Revolution humans survived ‘n thrived–surthrived–with Nature’s Lights Only: sunlight, moonlight, starlight, auroral light, lightning, fire…  We can’t return to the GODs, the Good Old Days, those halcyon years of yore; but we can create a lighting philosophy that respects all who live within, upon, above, around, beyond Earth.  How?

My MOONLIGHT REVOLUTION (MR) inspires and instructs people to…

1.  Adopt Nature’s Lighting Ordinance (NLO)

2.  Make Most Nighttime Lights Mimic The Brightness Of The Full Moon Or Dimmer.

3.  Use Amber-hued LED Lights,  NOT the new blue-rich white LED lights. Hey, you! Get a clue, take my cue, subdue blue. Make it taboo. Use amber hue in lieu of blue.  View stars anew.  Thank you!  To get Sheldon Cooper science-y: use lights that are 540 nanometers or greater and 2000 degrees Kelvin or cooler.

4.  Aim lights down to see what’s up!  Light bulbs glare?  Are they bare?  That’s not fair!  Don’t despair!  Stop the flare!  Pare the glare!  Dare to care!  Stare at Altair!

You haven’t forgotten about choice number 2 above, have you?  Just wondering.

Weather permitting, witness NLO in action during January’s two full moons, the first on Tuesday, Jan. 2nd, and the second, a Blue Moon, on Wednesday, January 31st. Imagine your community bathed in Nature’s light, not excessively bright, star-stealing, blue-rich, LED LIGHT BOMBS. Light pollution increases 6% per year, accelerating every year.  Folks, The Moon’s The Tune!

Psst!  But what if you chose to ELIMINATE CIVILIZATION, choice number 2 above?  Just askin’.

“The end of the human race will be that it will eventually die of civilization.”   Ralph Waldo Emerson

_________________________________________

Please watch six flicks, favored videos (22 minutes total), ranging from disheartening and depressing, to encouraging and exhilarating, and consider how my MR and NLO will restore starlight.

Video 1: Astronauts Found Something Troubling in These Shots from Space.   LEDs: Not what they’re cracked up to be.

 Steve Cutts, the animator, nails it!

The Lie We Live!

 Human Supremacy and the Rise of Syphilization!

 Eliminate Lights That Desecrate Nights!

 Everything about this video is perfect, including the beagle!  A MUST WATCH!

_________________________________________

Is this what we astronomers and stargazers have become?

Is this what astronomers and stargazers have become?

Stop fleeing to dark corners when lights go on

Stop fleeing to dark corners when lights go on

Too many astronomers / stargazers give in, give up, give out, burying their heads in the sand.  YOU?  Use your head for more’n a place to grow hair!   Don’t flee like Kochroaches to dark corners of the country when the lights go on. Stand and fight light blight!

BUT HOW STARGEEZERMAN?   HOW?   Nature’s Lighting Ordinance!  NLO!  Make It So!

_____________________________________

Get my FREE Star Wheel. Click to enlarge. G. V.

Get my FREE Star Wheel. Click to enlarge. G. V.

Get my one-of-a-kind, SKY LIGHTS  Star Wheel FREE.

You’ll choke (YIKES!) reading all my website at once.  I can’t do the Heimlich maneuver from afar, so please read a little each day, and though parts of it are, well, curmudgeonly, enjoy my humor gene.

NOTE:  There’s no donate tab on my site.  Use your $$$ to eliminate lights that desecrate nights where you live.

ORGANIZE!     RISE!     REBEL!     RESIST!     REVOLT!     RESCUE!     RESTORE!

Please send others my website and encourage them to adopt NLO.  And keep choice number 2 above in mind.