Last April and October, we set out on the streets of Paris in order to check if shop fronts had their lights switched off in the early hours of the morning.
The results were… decidedly worse than expected. And worse still, even chains whose attention we drew to the situation on our previous outing continued to leave their lights on past the legally permitted time of day. A whole six months after we’d informed them of the damage this can cause.
As much as 83% of the global population is estimated to be affected by light pollution nowadays. If shop owners in France alone were to adopt the right habits and remember to switch off, 120,000 tonnes less CO2 would be emitted into the atmosphere.
To mark the 40th General Conference held by UNESCO, we wanted to request that meaningful and ambitious policy be introduced to fight light pollution! Virginie explains it all below : ) (French only)