Coast to Coral Light Pollution and the Marine Environment
Join Reef Check Australia and friends on the second Tuesday night of each month in your lounge room/office/comfy chair, for an evening of discovery, inspiration and appreciation of our local marine, coastal and catchment environments.
This month we will hear from Dr Ken Wishaw from the Australian Dark Sky Alliance.
Dr Wishaw has been a long time amateur astronomer and recently completed postgraduate studies in light pollution at the University of Southern Queensland. He is an Honorary Senior Fellow and Adjunct Professor at the University of the Sunshine Coast. He is also an avid SCUBA diver and marine nature lover. In 2019 he co-foundered the Australian Dark Sky Alliance, a group of academic activists to raise awareness of light pollution.
About the Talk: Light pollution and the marine environment.
Over 90% of the world’s population lives in a light polluted environment. This effects our ability to see the night sky, our own personal health, and our wildlife.
Light pollution has major effects on sea turtles and foraging shore birds. The Australian Government has recently released national light pollution guidelines for Wildlife which have now been endorsed world wide. Unlike other forms of pollution it can be solved instantly with better lighting practices, and put money back in your pocket at the same time!
Anyone who has a smart device can measure light pollution and contribute to the international database. We’ll discuss how we can all raise awareness and do our bit.
Virtual doors (zoom) opens at 6.25pm for a 6:30 pm start.
Stay after the event for networking and nibbles (BYO obviously!) - get your burning questions answered by Dr. Wishaw and continue your thoughts, ideas and sea-minded discussions with your local community, all from the comfort of your couch!
Bring a mate and share in the discovery!
At Reef Check Australia we’re all about inspiring our mates and we love to read your thoughts! So, share your favourite parts about the night and tag us! Reef Check Australia #coasttocoral
This initiative is hosted by Reef Check Australia, and proudly supported by oh so many groups including the City of Gold Coast, Port of Brisbane Pty Ltd, Sunshine Coast Council's Environment Levy partnerships grant, The June Canavan Foundation and Townsville City Council.
Future talks take place on the second Tuesday night of each month, with a new, interesting and engaging speaker.
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