▶️ Sisters High School student organizes ‘Saving the Dark’ showing, shining light on light pollution

By HANNAH SIEVERT
CENTRAL OREGON DAILY

It was a sold-out theater on Wednesday night at the Sisters Movie House. More than 100 people packed a free showing of the 2018 documentary “Saving the Dark.”

The film centers around the effect light pollution has on human sleep patterns, wildlife and energy usage.

“I’m very passionate about astronomy and so light pollution is a topic that matters to me,” said Ramsey Schar, a Sisters High School senior.

Schar organized the film’s showing as a project for her astronomy class.

“I haven’t done anything like this before, so it’s definitely a great experience for me to step out of my comfort zone,” Schar said.

The film points out that more than 80% of Americans live under light polluted skies. If we can’t see the stars, the film asks, how are we reminded of our place in a huge universe?

“I feel really strongly that we in Sisters and Central Oregon have such a valuable resource,” said Rima Givot, a Sisters High School science teacher. “I love the stars and I’m passionate about astronomy.”

Givot hopes movie-watchers will take away that you can still have lights and dark skies if you’re intentional about light choices.

“If the light bulbs are shielded, if the light is pointed down and you can’t see the light bulb, you actually gain more energy pointing down,” Givot said. “It saves money and it also keeps the light from shining into the sky.”

The film estimates the forty five percent of outdoor light in the U.S. is wasted. By pointing lights toward the ground and getting LED lights, you’ll save both energy and Central Oregon night skies.

“It’s all stuff that could be easily fixed by the switch of a light,” Schar said.

 

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