Reduce Light Pollution That is Harming Wildlife

Target: Michael S. Regan, President of the Environmental Protection Agency

Goal: Encourage all municipalities across the nation to adopt more environmentally-friendly methods of nighttime lighting to reduce light pollution that is harming wildlife.

Across the nation, light pollution is having an unforeseen and detrimental effect on insects. While bugs are often seen as pests, their loss on a large scale would have devastating implications on our plant and animal ecosystems that remain, as always, in a delicate balance.

In particular, the mating lights of fireflies are seriously hindered and this may cause issues for the future of this species. The effect of light pollution has also been seen on grasshoppers. In 2019, 45 million grasshoppers were attracted by nighttime light pollution and descended upon the city of Los Angeles. In this case, eco-friendly lights, such as LEDs, may be more attractive to insects than other types of lighting.

Sign this petition to encourage all areas of the country to implement wildlife-friendly nighttime lighting.

PETITION LETTER:

Dear Mr. Regan,

Bugs are typically seen as unimportant pests that we have to deal with. In truth, they are an integral part of the ecosystem and their loss could be catastrophic for the planet. New studies indicate that many insects are being negatively affected by light pollution. Fireflies’ mating lights are being interfered with in a way that might impact the future of this species. Other insects are being unnaturally attracted to artificial lights, as seen in the 2019 incident of 45 million grasshoppers invading Los Angeles.

I urge you to work with municipalities and local environmental groups to find ways to reduce nighttime light pollution, and design lighting systems that are more friendly to wildlife.

Sincerely,

[Your Name Here]

Photo Credit: BarbaraALane

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3 Comments

  1. Paula Morgan says:

    Humans working to assist wildlife is intelligent and will come back to reward us. Humans have stolen so many habitats, killed off food sources for insects and wildlife. Our windows kill millions in migration. We build too many houses and don’t save local nature. Humans need nature for so much but also a great deal for mental health. Humans can help and not hinder. That is a good deed and so let’s do it!

  2. Why do people need their homes lit up like Christmas trees every night? I live in a rural area and used to love going outside at night to see the meteor showers. I can still see most of them but the sky is glowing an orange color most nights due to more homes being built and people thinking that they need to light everything up at night. All you need is a few down facing lights ( I have solar landscape lights) that are not harsh. Turn on a porch light temporarily if necessary. This use of so many lights on houses is detrimental to wild animals and also humans ( like your neighbors who want to get a good night’s sleep ). For more information check out the “Dark Sky Society’s”.

  3. Michael S. Regan, President of the Environmental Protection Agency

    Encourage all municipalities across the nation to adopt more environmentally-friendly methods of nighttime lighting to reduce light pollution that is harming wildlife.

    Always the lowlife human species who are the monsters who cause these vile and evil environmental problems.

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