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Resolution RS2020-290

A resolution recognizing International Dark Skies Week and declaring April 19-26, 2020 as Dark Skies Week in Nashville and Davidson county.

WHEREAS, International Dark Sky Week is a worldwide event hosted by the International Dark Sky Association to celebrate the night and bring attention to the problems caused by light pollution; and

WHEREAS, light pollution in the U.S. is estimated to waste up to 35% of the energy used for outdoor lighting, resulting in five million tons of greenhouse gas being emitted into the air unnecessarily, costing three billion dollars in wasted energy, and squandering limited energy resources; and

WHEREAS, light pollution has significant environmental effects, including the alteration of the circadian rhythms of many animals and insects who depend on the natural light / dark cycle of day and night, and the disruption of seasonal cycles used by migrating birds, sea turtles, and many other animals; and

WHEREAS, research suggests that excessive artificial light at night can negatively affect human health, increasing risks for obesity, depression, sleep disorders, diabetes, breast cancer and more; and

WHEREAS, light pollution reduces the ability to see the constellations of the night sky, an invaluable source of wonder and curiosity, diminishing the opportunity to draw our children into fascination with Science Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) education; and

WHEREAS, each year, International Dark Sky Week (IDSW) is held in April during the week of the New Moon, when the sky is darkest and the stars most visible. In this year 2020, because Nashvillians are limited in activity due to the city’s Safer at Home Order, April’s International Dark Sky Week offers homebound families the opportunity to “Look Up Together”. During International Dark Sky Week, April 19-26, the International Dark Sky Association invites people to engage with dynamic authors, educators, artists, and scientists from around the world who are excited to share their passion for astronomy, civilizations’ cultural connection to the stars, life in the dark, and how people can work together to protect the night. During Dark Sky Week, IDSW’s presenters and activities will explore how to find a constellation in the night sky, what creatures are exploring the night while people sleep, and many other night related questions; and

WHEREAS, since 1988, the International Dark Sky Association has promoted solutions that allow people to appreciate dark, star-filled skies while enjoying the benefits of responsible outdoor lighting.

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED BY THE COUNCIL OF THE METROPOLITAN GOVERNMENT OF NASHVILLE AND DAVIDSON COUNTY:

Section 1. That the Metropolitan Council hereby goes on record as recognizing April 19-26, 2020, as International Dark Skies week.

Section 2. That the Metropolitan Council declare April 19-26, 2020, as Dark Skies Week in Nashville, Tennessee, and encourage Nashvillians to learn about the night sky through activities at idsw.darksky.org, and to go outside and observe the night sky.

Section 3. This Resolution shall take effect from and after its adoption, the welfare of The Metropolitan Government of Nashville and Davidson County requiring it.

Sponsor(s)

Freddie O'Connell, Burkley Allen

Legislative History

Referred toRules, Confirmations, and Public Elections Committee

IntroducedApril 21, 2020

AdoptedApril 21, 2020

ApprovedApril 22, 2020

ByMayor Cooper's signature

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Last Modified: 04/24/2020 3:44 PM