Nantucket Organization Wants To Save Island Starlight

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NANTUCKET, Mass. (WBZ NewsRadio) — There's nothing like the stars on a summer night, and one organization on Nantucket wants to make sure that doesn't change.

The organization Nantucket Lights is trying to combat light pollution on the island. The island is home to some of the darkest night skies in the entire State, according to NOAA data.

The group advocates for environmentally responsible outdoor lighting and educating the public and policymakers about night sky conservation. But a dark sky isn't just for humans.

Sarah Bois is a member of the Nantucket Lights steering committee, and she's also an ecologist by trade.

"Both humans and a lot of wildlife rely on cues from natural light. Having a period of darkness is really important for lots of creatures, " she said.

One of the organization's main goals is getting Nantucket designated as a “dark sky community” by the International Dark Sky Association.

It might be tough though: the organization points out that light pollution on the island has jumped 20% since 2012.

WBZ's Tim Dumm (@ConsiderMeDunn) reports:

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Written by Chaiel Schaffel

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