House Bill 2057 directs the Department of Ecology to produce a study on light pollution and recommend policy options for its reduction. This should be supported.
As a country, we waste billions every year to light the clouds at night. Glare from misdirected lights paradoxically makes it harder to see.
Excess light disrupts human and animal circadian rhythms and hormone production, and studies have linked overlighting to human health issues. Overlighting has no positive impact in reducing crime.
Imagine the grandeur of Mount Rainier when the clouds finally part after weeks of rain. What glory! The view of the heavens at night when the lights are set at a reasonable level is glory redoubled.
There's always talk of educating our kids, but there's no more important lesson than seeing with their own eyes the true stage on which we play our daily dramas of triumph and tragedy.
In a world torn asunder by political and religious conflict, there is one true fact: We are all together on this spaceship Earth, and if we recognize and act upon that fact there may be hope to cast aside our differences.