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File #: RS2021-873    Version: 1 Name:
Type: Resolution Status: Passed
File created: 3/29/2021 In control: Metropolitan Council
On agenda: 4/6/2021 Final action: 4/6/2021
Title: A resolution recognizing April 5-12, 2021 as International Dark Sky Week in Nashville and Davidson County.
Sponsors: Burkley Allen, Russ Bradford

Title

A resolution recognizing April 5-12, 2021 as International Dark Sky Week in Nashville and Davidson County.

 

Body

WHEREAS, every year, the International Dark-Sky Association hosts International Dark Sky Week (IDSW) to raise awareness about light pollution’s many negative effects. It is always held the week of the new moon in April when the sky is darkest and the stars most visible; and 

 

WHEREAS, this annual event was created in 2003 by a then high-school student, Jennifer Barlow, and since then, International Dark Sky Week has grown to become a worldwide event and a key component of Global Astronomy Month; and

 

WHEREAS, During the week, dark sky enthusiasts worldwide connect over a shared goal to bring back the night sky, participating in person in their own back yard or virtually on websites from India to France to California; and

 

WHEREAS, International Dark Sky Week activities can include star parties, night hikes, night sky activities, and home lighting assessments, that all increase appreciation of the importance of astronomy and the negative effects of light pollution on astronomical research, human health, energy consumption, and the environment; and

 

WHEREAS, the goals of the events are to temporarily reduce light pollution and raise awareness about its effects on the night sky; encourage the use of better lighting systems that direct light downward instead of into the sky; and promote the study of astronomy.

 

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED BY THE COUNCIL OF THE METROPOLITAN GOVERNMENT OF NASHVILLE AND DAVIDSON COUNTY:

 

Section 1. That the Metropolitan Council hereby goes on record as recognizing April 5-12, 2021 as International Dark Sky Week in Nashville and Davidson County.

 

Section 2. This Resolution shall take effect from and after its adoption, the welfare of The Metropolitan Government of Nashville and Davidson County requiring it.