Starlight is becoming endangered, affecting both wildlife and humans.
Our population lives in a very electrified world with over two-thirds of the world’s population living in a light polluted area.About 40% of us at night face perpetual light and 25% experience artificial twilight that exceeds the illumination of the full moon.
83% of people live in light polluted areas and 99% of Americans and Europeans live in this artificial illumination. More than a third of humanity and almost 80% of North America can no longer see the Milky Way.
Right in the middle of the Shenandoah Valley is where I live. I have the fortune of backing the George Washington National Forest outside Edinburg, Virginia. I look at the amazing starlight through my four oaks over 100 years old on my land in the middle of Three Mile Mountain.
At my home I easily can see both planets and stars. Schon-hin-dow, or Beautiful Daughter of the Stars- Shenandoah, is what the First peoples call this magical Valley. These Star Children had the wisdom that these heavenly lights were contained within.
Our first settlers thought they had found the “garden of Eden” and my town was first called “Edenburg”. My valley has many places to view the night sky.
Come see for yourself of our night sky " Beautiful Daughter of the Stars." Bathing in starlight is something all humans must experience.
We all come from and return to the stars.