Encourage Decision Makers to Reduce Light Pollution in Our Communities
Portland Audubon has long been concerned about light pollution, which drowns out the stars that birds use to navigate while migrating, and lures them into cities where they are at risk of colliding with windows.
Portland Audubon has long been concerned about light pollution, which drowns out the stars that birds use to navigate while migrating, and lures them into cities where they are at risk of colliding with windows. Across the United States, up to 1 billion birds die every year as a result of hitting a window. What’s more, nearly 80 percent of North Americans, including Portlanders, live in places from which they cannot see our home galaxy, the Milky Way.
Light pollution often isn’t intentional—it’s about lack of awareness. But now there is a growing body of research telling us that it’s bad for wildlife, bad for environmental health and carries some serious consequences for human health. We are working to raise awareness about light pollution, and now we need your help to send a strong message to our regional decision makers.
We are asking you to send a message to local decision makers and let them know that you want them to promote policies and projects that reduce light pollution in our communities. We have made it easy—you can either sign and hit send on the letter below or you can modify it with your own words. The letter will automatically go to city and county decision makers throughout the metropolitan region.
Please click here to take action today and tell our leaders that you support Portland Audubon’s LightsOut campaign to ensure that we’re protecting wildlife, safeguarding our own health, and preserving our access to the night sky!