Bright fu­ture

New bid to pro­tect ‘dark skies’

Yorkshire Post - - LETTERS TO THE EDITOR -

DUR­ING THE day, the beauty of the North York Moors is clear for all to see but its night­time land­scape is also unique. The Na­tional Park is one of the best places in the coun­try to see stars be­cause of its clear hori­zons and low light pol­lu­tion lev­els – mean­ing it is pos­si­ble in some ar­eas to see up to 2,000 stars at a time in con­trast to the hand­ful that are vis­i­ble in towns and cities on clear nights.

At next week’s meet­ing of the Na­tional Park Au­thor­ity, mem­bers will be asked to back a £50,000 grant scheme that aims to en­sure such a priv­i­leged po­si­tion is re­tained for gen­er­a­tions to come. The ben­e­fits of re­duc­ing light pol­lu­tion where pos­si­ble in­clude pro­mot­ing tourism, im­prov­ing wildlife habi­tats and cut­ting down on car­bon emis­sions. But those be­hind the plans must also strike a bal­ance so farms and ru­ral busi­nesses which use light for night­time se­cu­rity to dis­cour­age crim­i­nals are not pe­nalised. That way, the whole of the North York Moors can keep shin­ing.

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