Even the northern lake where I was lucky to spend my summers has seen its darkness diminish.7 It doesn’t have to be this way.
1 At my family’s cabin on a Minnesota lake, I knew woods so dark that my hands disappeared before my eyes.
I knew night skies in which meteors left smoky trails across sugary spreads of stars.
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But we will never truly address the problem of light pollution until we become aware of the irreplaceable value and beauty of the darkness we are losing.
Write an essay in which you explain how Paul Bogard builds an argument to persuade his audience that natural darkness should be preserved.
Here's what you need to know: you'll be asked to read a text (typically a speech or editorial of some sort) and discuss how the author effectively builds an argument.
This might be a familiar task if you’ve done it in school, but if not, don’t worry.
Already, many cities and towns across North America and Europe are changing to LED streetlights, which offer dramatic possibilities for controlling wasted light.
Other communities are finding success with simply turning off portions of their public lighting after midnight.