Friday, 21 May, 2021 - Saturday, 22 May, 2021
8:45 pm - 12:00 am
On the evening of May 21st, public lighting in the City of Geneva and surrounding communities will be switched off in a show of support for our night skies – as part of an event called ‘La Nuit est Belle!’ People living in Geneva and surrounding rural districts will enjoy the wonder of natural darkness lit only by the Moon and stars, as it was before light pollution spread litter over its beauty.
In support of our European friends and in a bid to raise awareness of light pollution, Surrey-based project, Dark Skies Matter is calling on local communities and individuals in Surrey to join the cause and switch off external lights from sundown until midnight on May 21st.
Light pollution wastes valuable resources and contributes to climate change. It endangers human health by disrupting natural bodily cycles. It harms the well-being of our fellow-creatures and degrades biodiversity. La Nuit est Belle! is more than a celebration of beauty, heritage and the power of Nature to inspire. It is a window into a future that is necessary if we are to protect our world and the creatures in it. It is a demonstration that, unlike most other kinds of pollution, light pollution and the damage that flows from it can be reduced, literally at the ‘flick of a switch’.
La Nuit et Belle! is the brain-child of Eric Achkar, engineer and Geneva Astronomy Society President, and Pascal Moeschler, curator and biologist at the Geneva Museum of Natural History. The original 2019 event was a huge success and welcomed by residents. It reached nearly a million people in 152 communities and encompassed an area of 2,000 square kilometres. As a result, the importance of protecting the natural night is now widely recognised and reductions in light pollution are increasingly being demanded by all stakeholders.
This call for action in Surrey is led by Surrey-based project, Dark Skies Matter, and backed by a wide range of local organisations including CPRE Surrey, the Surrey Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB), Surrey Wildlife Trust and Guildford & District RSPB.