I look forward to seeing the film. I wonder whether the film maker is aware of the various wind projects right to the east of Katahdin, Baxter State Park and the Katahdin Woods & Waters national monument that have been on the wind developers' drawing boards for years. Are the proponents of the national monument cognizant of the fact that the monument's host communities for which they lobbied (Sherman, Stacyville, Patten, Mount Chase, etc.) are in the wind developers' target sights? (To say nothing of other area communities such as Molunkus, Benedicta and Island Falls, the latter already plagued by "neighbor" Oakfield's wind turbines) Keep the skies dark. Stop the pillaging of Maine's core asset, its quality of place.
Flashing Turbine lights on Rocky Dundee seen from Upper Pond (Rainer Egle)
Not only is the nighttime cry of the loon replaced with thumping jet engine like noise, but the hideous lights are an insult to our rare dark skies.
Filmmaker Sriram Murali addresses the question in his new movie, which will be shown at 'Stars over Katahdin.'
It’s not just animals that suffer from light pollution. Human patterns and thinking – from the mundane to the majestic – are also disturbed by night lights.
For one, our circadian rhythms suffer from delayed melatonin production, meaning that it takes us longer to fall asleep at night. And when we do, it’s often not a good night’s sleep – especially if a blaring streetlight is peeping through the window blinds.
‘STARS OVER KATAHDIN’
WHAT: Various programs to celebrate dark skies, including a film screening, sky-gazing and educational talks. Watch for “Saving the Dark,” director Sriram Murali’s documentary about preserving dark skies.
WHEN: Oct. 1-8
WHERE: Various locations in Penobscot County
INFO: Look on the Katahdin Woods and Waters website, friendsofkww.org
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