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The SOUTHERN NIGHT-SKY RESTORATION PROJECT exists for the State-Wide coordination of light pollution abatement efforts and the promotion of public and government education in responsible, efficient, and effective lighting methods. SNRP is part of the Southern Nights Astronomical League of Florida. (http://groups.yahoo.com/group/
Southern_Nights/)



Light pollution is caused by the needless and totally wasted light shining above the horizontal. It is estimated that Americans waste up to $1.5 Billion every year lighting up the sky! With almost 50% of light pollution coming from street lights, this also means that $750,000,000 of taxpayer money is wasted every year! And, with the unnecessary and wasted increased demand for electricity, all of our electric bills go up and up and up! At a time when Florida and our country are striving to cope with economic and world events by reducing spending and our dependence upon foreign energy resources, we can ill afford to continue this waste.



Poor lighting also creates security and safety hazards, due to the high-contrast environment it creates that allows hazards and criminals to remain unseen in the resulting dark shadows. Contrary to popular opinion, good lighting does NOT cause increases in crime! Tucson, AZ, experienced a REDUCTION in its Uniform Crime Report crime rate in the years following its adoption of outdoor lighting regulations.



Finally, there are the growing light pollution impacts upon our environment and even upon human health! Good Lighting is a WIN-WIN situation for everyone!



Membership in the Southern Night-Sky Restoration Project is open to anyone interested in restoring the dark starry Florida night-sky that led the Spanish to St. Augustine and urged Americans to the greatest of human achievments from the Kennedy Space Center.



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  • Jul 12, 2002
  • English

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