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Asia/Pacific Office Director Reg Wilson attends Guangzhou International Lighting Exhibition (July, 2009)
June was an exciting month for the Asia/Pacific region of the IDA as Director Reg Wilson traveled to mainland China to attend the East’s largest lighting trade show, the Guangzhou International Lighting Exhibition. The show, which took place 9-12 June 2009, was held at the China Import and Export Fair Pazhou Complex and featured 50,000 visitors from more than 90 countries. Mr. Wilson took the opportunity to visit with exhibitors of outdoor lighting and lighting control applications to receive the most up-to-date information on products entering the Asia/Pacific and global marketplace.
One of the most exciting connections made at the exhibition was the meeting with European based LUCI (Lighting Urban Community International) during and following their major conference , Strategies in Urban Lighting. LUCI is a consortium of cities and lighting professionals “engaged in using light as a major tool for urban, social, and economic development, with a concern for sustainability and environmental issues.” Comprising of more than 50 member cities on four continents and 20 associated members (those in the industry), LUCI’s network aims to 1) make use of light as a tool for urban development, 2) promote an urban identity by means of artistic and technical choices, and 3) take into account environmental and sustainable development issues. Mr. Wilson described a number of IDA theories and methods to Mr. Alexandre Colombani, LUCI’s general manager. The meeting consisted of a multi-hour discussion where both parties listened with intense respect on the other association’s goals and achievements. While still in the preliminary phase, a working relationship or partnership is sure to come from this initial encounter.
Light Pollution Awareness Article in China
The Glare of Progress Blinds Us to Nature by Wan Lixin, Shanghai Daily - Shanghai, China, 09 April, 2009
Considering the money being burned, the energy consumed, and how simple the remedy is - just switch off - the message emanating from this symbolic move is rather grim: How unwilling we are to reduce the unnecessary glare around us. After reading about a vaunted 2.1-million-yuan (US$307,000) "moonlight town" project in Shaanxi (Shanghai Daily, 08 April), I regret to say that such sins of illumination are still being committed with complacency... Read Article >>
IDA Executive Director Bob Parks was recently interviewed about light pollution on CBS This Morning. Watch the video here.
Look for "Where Did All The Stars Go? - How Light Pollution Is Stealing The Night" a nine-page article in the December 2013 issue of Men's Journal. On sale now.
IDA's Current Lighting Estimates
Check out IDA's new lighting estimates: World Outdoor Lighting Facts. Click here to see a larger graphic
Member of the IDA Board of Directors interviewed on slashdot.org:
IDA Board Member, Kelly Beatty, was interviewed on Slashdot about the importance of protecting the night sky and how LEDs are encouraging the change. Read More >>
New Mexican Skies Protected with Dark Sky Park Designation
The 34,000-acre Chaco Culture National Historical Park has been designated as the world's newest "Gold Tier" International Dark Sky Park. Read more >>
IDA Dark Sky Giveaway Winner
Skyglow Berlin Project for Kids
Uwingu Supplies Grant to Help Save Our Stars
The International Dark-Sky Association recently became the recipient of a grant from the Uwingu Fund in support of the new IDA- program Save Our Stars. Read the IDA Press Release >>
Measuring Night Sky Brightness?
There's an App for That
Astronomers and dark sky-advocates take note—you can now measure the brightness of the night sky using your smartphone. Read the IDA Press Release >>
Interest in our International Dark Sky Places is on the rise. Learn all about them here.>>
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