Have you heard of Earth Hour? It’s a global event when people all over the world switch off their lights and reflect on the diversity of life on the planet. This year, Friends of the Lake District is partnering with the communities of Melbreak to present Earth Hour Event Saturday 30 March, from 8pm- 9.30pm Yew Tree Village Hall, Lorton Lights out and tea lights on at 8.30pm Free, includes refreshments with glass of wine We hope everyone in the Melbreak communities will participate by turning their lights off at home during Earth Hour and enjoy the wonders of the darkness. The more households that participate, the greater the impact will be. The event begins with a short presentation by Friends of the Lake District’s Dark Skies Project Officer, Johanna Korndorfer, on the charity’s aim to make the Lake District National Park a Dark Sky Reserve, and why it’s important to value our dark rural skies. If the weather is clear enough, we will do some stargazing with an astronomer during Earth Hour, as well as take sky quality meter readings and astrophotographs before and after Earth Hour to see if there is a difference in the quality of the dark sky. Bring binoculars if you have some. More info can be found on Darkskiescumbria.org.uk and https://www.earthhour.org
Cumbria has some of the darkest skies in the country, where people are still able to see the spectacular display of stars at night. Dark skies are also important to nocturnal wildlife and their foraging and pollinating habits. That’s why Friends of the Lake District is leading the work towards gaining ‘Dark Skies Reserve’ status for the Lake District National Park. This internationally recognised accreditation will demonstrate, as well as celebrate, a continuing commitment towards protecting our dark skies for future generations.
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