Protect your health - act to cut light pollution!
CPRE’s long-running ‘Night Blight’ campaign is especially important in Cheshire, which is part of the country’s most heavily light polluted region.
Unnecessary, badly directed and poorly timed lighting wastes energy, blots out the stars at night, disturbs the rhythms of both wildlife and plant life - and directly damages our health.
One of Cheshire CPRE’s most experienced campaigners believes the impact of light pollution on our health and well-being is still not taken seriously enough.
Professor George Beaumont’s years of medical experience and research into sleep disorders, have convinced him that we need to take note of the damage night-time light disturbance can cause to our physical health, especially in the urban environment.
A good night’s sleep is vital in ensuring we can concentrate on our daytime performance, and carry out tasks such as driving, crossing roads and working safely. Darkness is an essential condition for good sleep - and for too many of us, a darkened bedroom is difficult to achieve.
There is also a recognised connection between exposure to light at night and the development of serious illnesses, including high blood pressure and even some forms of cancer.
The e-petition to the Prime Minister closed on May 29th, but we will continue to keep you up to date with developments.
Read more about our campaign here.
In April 2006, certain forms of light pollution became a statutory nuisance under the Environmental Protection Act 1990.
Follow this link to our national CPRE website to see how to use the new legislation.