Told through the eyes of 13-year-old Joan, Dark Matters introduces young readers to the fragile wonders that thrive below our increasingly threatened night-time skies. This book is packed with fascinating and unexpected facts and illustrations about how plants and animals react to light pollution, and comes up with tips and suggestions on how young people can help protect our important night-time environments. Because - dark really matters.
|Publisher:||Fitzhenry & Whiteside, Limited|
|Product dimensions:||7.20(w) x 10.00(h) x 0.50(d)|
|Age Range:||10 - 18 Years|
About the Author
Joan Marie Galat is an award-winning author whose publications include The Discovery of Longitude, the Dot to Dot in the Sky series and more. She lives in Edmonton, Alberta.
Read an Excerpt
“Day and night reveal two different worlds. For most people daytime is more familiar. Light makes us feel safe because we are most comfortable when we can see what is around us. Vision is our best sense and we rely on it.
In true night-time darkness, familiar landscapes change. The air feels different. Stars become visible. New sounds seem to emerge. The unknown creeps closer. It is natural to want to respond by turning on the lights.
People have only been able to turn on lights for just over 100 years. For the millions of years before that, animals and plants evolved in a cycle marked by both day and night. Our environment has not had enough time to adapt to light at night. And animals’ natural behaviors are being impacted in ways we are only beginning to understand.
The use of lighting has seemed harmless for a long time. Now scientists are discovering there is a cost to Earth’s ecosystems. As animals and plants suffer, people will experience consequences too.
Table of Contents
Table of Contents
1. Looking Up - the Night Sky
2. Neighborhood Lights
3. Sea Turtles
4. Birds and Light
5. School's Out
6. Sleeping Under the Stars
7. To the Coast - Artificial Light and Frogs
8. Ocean Lights
10. The Bat Incident
11. Following Moose
12. Working Outside
13. Dark Matters