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Our Vanishing Night
23/10/2016
I am reading Our Vanishing Night by Verlyn Klinkenborg and am quite in love with the
story already. The riveting of history and science is just epic. I did not know how better I could
understand the history of globalization until now after reading this essay. I must say am grateful.
It is clear that between day and night there is no longer a difference. I like the way this is
presented with hidden meaning. The lighting from bulbs and floodlights have made the night so
bright that you could think it is the day that has become long extending towards the deeper
evening. The sky is bright. Human activities are still on and on till late in the night with the help
of the lighting.
I, at some point, do not understand the meaning of light pollution as depicted in the essay
though I can confirm from other materials that I have read, excess lighting has a consequence on
the frogs and other living organisms. The natural breeding pattern of frogs has been disrupted,
other animals like birds have been interrupted during their migration periods at one time. This is
the bit of science that has been explained in the article. I have a great desire to understand
science in a more detailed perspective. It is so cool how Verlyn describes “light pollution” using
both living and non-living things. An example is that too much glare confuses newborn sea
mammals, and also the danger of extinction to nocturnal prey.
The journalist postulates how nighttime and the biological dock are linked together and
finally explains that just like the frogs in the pond along a highway, we are no exceptions to light
pollution. In other words, human beings are not invulnerable to excessive glare. Some excerpts
of this article motivate me a lot. He explains how people living in their own-making have
detached themselves off their revolutionary and socio-cultural patrimony as described by the
light of the stars and rhythms of day and night.
I am not surprised how humans especially those dwelling in Arizona, and the Czech
Republic develop initiatives that target to darken the skies due to the broad recognition of light
pollution’s detrimental effects. As evidenced by such strategies, a remedy is needed. From my
house, looking at the sky, trying to imagine what such bright glare that has absorbed the stars
could be causing is a question to ponder over. There is an aspect of optimism. The journalist,
Verlyn, shows that by designing new installations, and turning off lights when not in use, would
reduce the glare intensity and also save energy.
So much has been talked about regarding pollution that is excluding light pollution such
soil, water, air, and sound pollution. This article is very informative. I now understand that this
type of contamination has been sidelined. I am going to read more and more articles as a result of
reading this one. My mother loves reading a lot. I think from Verlyn’s article I have an idea of
the kind of gift I will give to her for her birthday.

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