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The IDA made headlines December 10, 2009 in the Washington Post by
promoting public awareness regarding the importance of preserving our night skies. Creating a dialogue of the impact of light pollution has been a mission of the IDA since 1988 that is advanced as the public learns about light pollution. The Washington Post story provided
insight into the mission of the IDA. Bob Parks, a Fairfax Station citizen and managing director of the association’s Washington Office of Public Policy and Government Affairs was interviewed in the article. Parks offered information regarding light pollution and a description
of harmful effects on the natural cycles of humans and wildlife was provided.

A synopsis was also given of the IDA’s core mission, which is described as a call to educate individuals, private industry and government bodies about the effects of light pollution and unfocused light emissions. The article featured information offered on the IDA’s website, such as the concern that artificial light may be hindering human development and disturbing the delicate cycle of species living in the environment. Also noted was another important concern of the IDA, the possible loss of ambiance of our invaluable night skies.

The Washington Post story highlighted information on the IDA’s website regarding circadian rhythms; or the 24 hour cycle of day and night and humans have used to maintain health and regulate their activities for thousands of years. During the interview with Parks, the story provided important IDA information regarding best light practices. Also referred to is the IDA’s impact on local county lighting ordinances, which have
made a real difference and can serve as a model for other areas. The expertise of the IDA’s members was also noted, especially their willingness and ability to convince others of what they stand to lose from light pollution.

Efforts from the press to produce stories regarding light pollution offer the public valuable information. As a result of media coverage, the public is informed of the IDA’s mission as a resource for information which can enable individuals to bring about change to their community. With media coverage, the dawning realization that light pollution can be reduced by our actions may be forthcoming.