Walk: Earth Hour Starlight Stroll
On March 29, 2014, from 8:30 – 9:30 PM, people around the world will turn off lights and unneeded appliances to show support for curbing man-made emissions of greenhouse gases, the main cause of global warming. It’s a great time to enjoy friends and family by candlelight — or get out to enjoy nature at night! Friends of Five Creeks, the El Cerrito Environmental Quality Committee, and El Cerrito Trail Trekkers are co-sponsoring an easy walk in the Hillside Natural Area.
Besides refreshments, good company, and great views, we’ll have a chance to contribute to a global citizen-science effort measuring light pollution. Skies that are too bright mean you can’t see the stars. They also waste billions of dollars in unneeded energy, adding to global warming. Too much night lighting increases sleep disorders in people, and disrupts the lives of wild animals, from migrating birds to baby sea turtles.
About 8:15 PM, take the service road north between 7701 and 7705 Potrero (someone will be there to point the way). Bring a flashlight, although part of the fun is to keep it off and let your eyes adapt to dark. A short walk brings you to the end of the road, where we’ll have stargazing, refreshments, information ranging from global warming to exciting future prospects for the Hillside Natural Area, and more. Bring a camera for night photography, and binoculars or a portable telescope if you have them. Measure light pollution — an exciting citizen science opportunity. Read more on this at http://www.fivecreeks.org/citizen_science/
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