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Environment & Outdoors

Green Visions: keeping us in the dark is better for us all

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At least, when it comes to dark skies, that is.

Northlanders probably remember the first time they stepped out of the tent in the middle of the night and saw the stars hanging right in the treetops, close enough to touch.

But Cynthia Lapp of Starry Skies Lake Superior says 80% of people in the country only see a few stars.

The lack of dark skies isn't just an issue for skywatchers; light pollution affects insects, birds, fish and pollinators.  Not to mention the more white/blue LED lights we're exposed to, the less melatonin we make and that messes with the sleep of human beings.

But there are options - and for one of them, we have sea turtles to thank.

Find out more about Starry Skies Lake Superior, including their month of celebrations, at their website.

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