From the Boston Area Sustainability Group:
Our June event has many inspirations, is a long time coming, and we cannot wait to wrap our arms around the enormous topic of LIGHT. This is a conversation for anyone interested in the effects of light pollution on wildlife and ecosystems, the impacts of artificial light on public health, the trend of dark skies laws passed by local municipalities, and what lighting industry leaders see in the future for smarter, more efficient illumination in our lives.
The evening will start with a screening of the award-winning documentary The City Dark (2011), by director/producer Ian Cheney. After moving to light-polluted New York City from rural Maine, filmmaker Ian Cheney asks, “Do we need the dark?” The film is a story of light pollution and the disappearing stars. The film asks viewers to stop and ponder what light, darkness and the stars mean to us, spiritually, physically, intellectually, socially and economically.
We will continue our reflection with the help of two extraordinary subject matter experts, Dr. Eva Shernhammer, Associate Professor of Epidemiology at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, and Jennifer Dolin, Manager of Sustainability and Environmental Affairs, OSRAM SYLVANIA, who will share their insights from the respective fields of health and industry.