You are an important force for protecting the night. There are plenty of ways to help fight light pollution!
Sign up form for Nightwatch, the monthly e-newsletter of DarkSky International.
If you’re not one already, become a DarkSky member and receive our periodic action alerts giving you the opportunity to have your voice heard on late-breaking issues. And let us know what’s happening in your area as new threats and opportunities to protect the night skies arise. You are our eyes and ears on the ground.
Assess your home’s lighting
Poor lighting not only creates glare and light pollution but also wastes enormous amounts of energy and money. Take a few moments to inspect your property for inefficient, poorly installed, and unnecessary outdoor lighting. Then replace any outdated light fixtures with DarkSky Approved ones.
Use DarkSky Approved lighting at your home and business
Look for the DarkSky Approved seal on any outdoor lighting you purchase. Use our searchable database of lighting products certified to minimize glare, light trespass, and sky glow. These products are recommended when replacing outdated or inappropriate light fixtures.
Talk to your friends, family, and neighbors
You can be a powerful dark sky advocate for your neighborhood, your city, and even your state or province and country. Solving the light pollution problem involves raising awareness of the issue so that people are empowered to make better decisions as consumers, voters, and community members. Use some of our resources, like our General Brochure, Losing the Dark film, or mobile apps to help spread the word.
Spread the word online
Engage your online community about the issues, and explain why to support DarkSky. Also, be sure to let them know about joining our email list to receive our monthly e-newsletter and other timely information. They — and you — can also follow us on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and LinkedIn.
Become a community scientist
Be part of a global community that is helping scientists measure and study light pollution. There are several ways to help. No experience necessary!
Show your support for dark skies with DarkSky-branded T-shirts and other merchandise in our online Bonfire shop.
Set up an outreach table at a local event
We have public outreach materials that you can use to educate your community about light pollution and protecting the night skies.
Advocate for a lighting ordinance in your town
Local lighting ordinances ensure that your municipality is addressing nighttime lighting. Find out whether your town has a lighting ordinance. If not, try working with them to pass one. If your town does have an ordinance, make sure that it’s being enforced.
Visit an International Dark Sky Place
Our Dark Sky Places program recognizes locations with exceptionally dark skies and local efforts to keep them that way. Many of these places are state or national parks. By visiting these locations, your tourism expenditures help sustain and protect these rare and fragile locales for the benefit of future generations. Find a Dark Sky Place.