New Zealand Town Living In The Dark For The Stars

February 10, 2009

New Zealand (ChattahBox) – A town in New Zealand is fighting against the disappearance of the stars in the best way they know how…by turning out the lights.

South Island, a small town in New Zealand of less then 900 people, has dedicated themselves to fighting ‘light-pollution’, a problem they say is ruining the view of the night sky. Already, the town’s ordinances that state all home lights must be facing downwards, is drawing stargazers from all over the globe to see the effects.

“It’s awesome, I mean it’s like beyond words,” Simon Venvoort, of Amsterdam, explains. “You see so much you aren’t aware of.”

But the measures being taken are being done for more then just appearances sake. The possibility of the first ever starlight reserve, a program that would be headed by UNESCO, is also in the balance.

“We’ve got a dark sky and we’ve got to hang on to it,” Mackenzie Tourism and Development Board chairman, Graeme Murray, told reporters.


One Response to “New Zealand Town Living In The Dark For The Stars”

  1. Work from home parttime jobs on February 11th, 2009 11:16 pm

    my god, I’ll be scared to death.. that has to be impresive.
    I’ll keep looking more info about this situation.

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