Canyon outcropping near MP5, Yakima Canyon, originally uploaded by Scott Butner.
No, it’s probably not as bad as persistent toxins in the environment, but it’s a shame, nonetheless.
So, what to do? Well, it turns out that P2 can be applied to light pollution as well. Check out the International Dark Sky Association, for instance. They’ve produced a number of documents, including this guide to “good lighting/bad lighting.”
If you want something more…well, “Web 2.0” — consider WikiHow’s article on “how to prevent light pollution.” Note the related article on “how to become an environmentalist” — in case you were wondering.
The Light From Above web site has a lot of resources — of varying quality — on light pollution for those interested in anything from the science to the policy of restoring darkness.
And, as you might expect — Sky and Telescope magazine has a great resource center on restoring dark skies.
Check ’em out!