National Dark-Sky Day 2006
"The Night Sky is part of our heritage- treasure it"
The Date: 9th January 2005, Saturday (tentative; to be confirmed later)
Dark skies were once part of Singapore's unique identity in the 1960s until heavy industrialisation wiped up all but the brightest stars, a common occurence also in many modern-day cities of today worldwide.
Restoring the dark skies by reducing light pollution is something that requires the concerted effort of all, from the layman to the authorities. It is a long and difficult challenge, but this event aims to take the first, minute, step in doing so to restore the night sky over Singapore to much of its original state, as Tucson, a modern-day city in the U.S. of population 800 000 has done successfully.
Aims of the National Dark-Sky Day 2006:
- Raise awareness of light pollution amongst the general public
- Promote awareness of top-down lighting approaches in all situations and the application of good lighting practices with the key phrase "use the right amount of light needed for the purpose at hand"
- Serving as a catalyst for young people to explore environmental protection and allow people to know how a reduction in light pollution can stir interest in astronomy amongst Singaporean children.
- The Ultimate Aim: All upward-pointing light fixtures to be switched off for the night from 8 pm to 8.30 pm. Target group: schools, businesses, shopping complexes, buildings