I love it when brave individuals take on the powers that be and make a difference. That’s what it appears Pat Clark has done by finally convincing Sequim City Council to consider a dark skies resolution.
Apparently, for Clark, the struggle started several years ago when he was considering the drawbacks of light pollution from one backyard to another. From there, he learned about the financial costs, health risks, and all the other negatives associated with glaring lights in public and private spaces. It became a cause to be championed.
Sequim, like many other cities and towns, has poorly designed light fixtures. The appropriately-named "Nevada-style" lights spew the glare out and up indiscriminately, pollution both adjacent properties as well as the night sky.
The dark sky resolution would mean requiring fixtures, such as those developed by Euro-Tech, which have wide hoods to catch and direct light downwards instead. Although these fixtures cost about $200 more than the Nevada-style counterparts (before volume discounts, that is), they certainly would save Sequim a lot in energy costs over time, not to mention medical costs, too!
Clark hopes that in time, if and when the resolution passes and is implemented, that Sequim will become darker, not lighter, even as it expands to two- and three-times its current size. The boons for the community and the environment are great. It certainly will be more likely if Sequim residents and community leaders can be convinced of the benefits.
Although the resolution has not yet passed, this is a positive step in the right direction. And I think his story should serve as inspiration to those of us still living in communities without dark sky ordinances.