Light Pollution Issues.RASNZ - Dark Sky Vision Statements
New Zealand Urban Design ProtocolIn February 2005 the Royal Astronomical Society of New Zealand (RASNZ) became a signatory to the Ministry for the Environment's Urban Design Protocol.
The Urban Design Protocol states: "Environmentally responsible towns and cities constantly seek ways to minimise adverse impacts on human health and natural and cultural systems, including air quality and water quality. They minimise waste production, energy and water use, and maximise the efficiency of land use and infrastructure."
The RASNZ believe that these statements are just as valid after sunset as during the day.
Outdoor lighting in New Zealand, as part of Urban Design, is in urgent need of review to ensure minimal wasteage of energy and to minimise impacts on human health and natural and cultural systems.
Who are the RASNZ?
The RASNZ is a New Zealand society of professional, technical and amateur astronomers. Present membership is around 200. The society also has 23 affiliated local societies spread throughout New Zealand. These local societies have a combined membership of around 600. There are a further 4 independent societies, as well as two public commercial observatories.
Disclaimer:The RASNZ does not portray itself as an expert body in the areas of Lighting, Energy, Health, Crime Prevention, and Environmental Effects, among others. However the RASNZ will use this web site to raise issues in all these areas which challenge experts in these areas to respond to, and resolve.
The main aim of this web site is to raise the profile of the night time environment to show it is worthy of protection from the impacts of modern urban design.