Dark Sky Initiative

A Bright Solution to Light Pollution

Jack Hammering


Big Changes Are Coming!  Last changed: Sunday, 10-25-15.


Edward Abbey: “It is not the writer’s task to answer questions, but to question answers.  To be impertinent, insolent, and if necessary, subversive.”


Ask Questions!    Seek Answers!

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.

It’s not personal. I know dark sky orgs and astromagazines want dark skies, but their approach has failed.

I do not enjoy doing so, but I will Jack Hammer anyone, anything, anywhere, anytime, trying in anyway to kill starlight until I die! Including myself.    “And I am unanimous in that!”


Einstein’s correct! We must stop doing the same thing over and over, expecting different results. We must change the way we fight light pollution and sleep disruption if we are to succeed.

No one ever changed the rules by following them!  Let that sink in.  Yet, too many light pollution solutions endorsed by the dark sky orgs and astromagazines follow shopworn, timeworn, well-worn, obsolete, obsolete, obsolete, rules, laws, regulations…

Worse, their solutions call for more complicated labyrinths of laws, regulations, ordinances, guidelines, specifications, etc., all tinkering about the borders and boundaries of the problem, making minor changes here and there, but not one, single light-slaying, dark-sky saving, deep z-z-zleep change anywhere!

And tonight, despite more than 25 years of effort by the dark sky orgs and astromagazines, fewer people will see fewer stars in fewer places than ever before in the history of humanity, and more people will suffer sleepless nights, whilst overhead celestial whitewashing accelerates, unaltered, unabated, unchallenged!

What causes light pollution?  To much light at night.  The only way to fight the light that kills the night is to turn lights off or make them less bright.  Eliminate the light that desecrates the night.

Very well, then.  If there’s anyone still out there whom I’ve failed to insult with my Jack Hammer, I apologize. Well, no, I don’t. I’m not responsible for cluttering the night with obnoxious, poisonous, pernicious light!  I’m trying to get you to respond, to take action, to de-light the night!  DE-LIGHT THE NIGHT! And it’s darn difficult trying to remove old, obsolete, thoroughly lithified, indurated, rock-hard ideas and solutions to light pollution without a good Jack Hammer!  Think about it!

NLO!  Nature’s Lighting Ordinance!  Make it so!


First Hammering Topic: TroubleMaker