Saving the Night: How Light Pollution Is Harming Life on Earth

Orca. (Orca Footprints). Mar. 2023. 48p. Tr $21.95. ISBN 9781459831070.
Gr 4-6–Have you ever seen the Milky Way? Chances are you have not, and that is most likely because of light pollution. Light pollution is a threat to every living thing on the planet. Ecosystems can collapse as light pollution increases. Multi-talented science writer, artist, and biologist Aitken explains that light pollution really started 150 years ago when the electric lightbulb was first invented. He explains the crux of the issue, how spectacularly the interplay of light and darkness affects ecosystems, living things have adapted to the dire problem of light pollution, and humans can curb the problem. His portrayal of life in darkness is richly described and alluring. Aitken is skilled at outlining the delicate relationship between plants and animals and the day-night cycle. The book includes stunning photographs and engaging graphics that clearly emphasize crucial points in the text. Aitken provides readers with a list of actions that will help solve the problem of light pollution. The book also includes a glossary, index, and resources for further study.
VERDICT Aitken urges his readers to be unafraid of the dark and after reading this excellent book, tweens will want to venture forth into the night without a flashlight.

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