Light and dark have affected the very ways humans, plants, and animals have grown and thrived. In fact, light and dark have affected pretty much the entire natural world around us. But lights from cars, streetlights, houses, shopping malls, skyscrapers, and other structures make towns and cities glow with light so bright it can be seen from outer space. What happens when humans tamper with the age-old balance of day and night?
Told through the eyes of thirteen-year-old Joan who loves the outdoors, Dark Matters introduces young readers to the fragile animals that are impacted by our increasingly threatened nighttime skies.
Come discover the amazing night life of frogs and bats, turtles and fireflies, birds, plants, and so much more. And learn how their lives and ecosystems are negatively impacted by light—much of which is so unnecessary.
This book is packed full with fascinating and unexpected facts and illustrations, and comes with tips and suggestions on how young people can help reduce light pollution. Because dark matters.
Subjects: Light Pollution, Environmental Conservation and Protection, Science, Nature, Astronomy
David Saint-Jacques, Canadian astronaut wrote:
I remember as a child being amazed at the sight of my first real night sky, undiluted by man-made light! The exhilarating beauty, complexity and infinity of the Universe, right there before my eyes. But, as Joan Marie Galat explains in this book, there is more to light pollution than its effect on star-gazing... the whole world needs dark skies!
David L. Crawford, Ph.D. (Astronomy) and International Dark-Sky Association (IDA) cofounder and former executive director wrote:
A blend of fine storytelling and gripping facts, Dark Matters reveals the need for dark, along with its value to you and the world. A book to share—highly recommended.
[Excerpt] A great book packed with interesting facts and fun storytelling about the amazing night life of plants and animals. Young readers will also learn how they can help reduce light pollution. (Ages 10-18)
[Excerpt] Impressively 'kid friendly' in tone, commentary, organization and presentation, "Dark Matters: Nature's Reaction to Light Pollution" is very highly recommended for family, elementary school, and community library Nature & The Environment collections and supplemental studies reading lists.
[Excerpt] A fusion of memoir and science, Dark Matters tackles an often overlooked form of pollution. Between chronological flashbacks, which cover her early childhood interest in astronomy to choosing a career in ecology, the author explains why species like turtles, birds, insects, and even people need darkness...
Galat writes in an approachable style, allowing the reader to accompany the narrator on a journey that reveals how light pollution affects several taxa, from bugs to birds to sea turtles. ... Overall, this is a great book for the classroom and a jumping off point for students researching new areas of biology and ecology.