What is Light Pollution?
Pollution comes in many forms, and while light pollution may not always be obvious, it has detrimental impacts to humans and all life on our planet, especially the world’s night creatures. Light pollution also wastes energy and money!
The good news: light pollution is easier, and less costly, to tackle!
Impact on Sea Turtles
Florida’s coasts are lined with beachfront properties that can emit powerful white light, which can cause sea turtles to crawl toward those lights (misorient) or crawl in circles on the beach (disorient). Based on consensus from a panel of sea turtle experts, around 100,000 sea turtle hatchlings are disoriented each year in Florida. They can end up in pools, decks, or even the road. Beachfront communities all over Florida are working to minimize this problem.
Check out Sea Turtle Conservancy