LATER this year, Britain will light up as Christmas approaches.
Are houses covered in lights, which can be seen all over Britain (and the world) good for the environment?
People love to dazzle their neighbours with their love of Christmas, but does love for the planet matter more?
Holiday lights even illuminate the planet from Space, says NASA. The space agency says that parts of the Earth are up to 50% brighter between Thanksgiving and New Year’s Day.
Globe At Night, an international organisation that raises awareness about light pollution, says festive outdoor lighting has many bad effects on the planet: it washes out stars in the sky, confuses nocturnal wildlife, and wastes energy.
Choosing LED lighting could be one way to celebrate the season because they use 75% less energy, say city officials in London.
Sustainability professor David Hardisty says solar-powered lights may be another environmentally-friendly alternative, adding: “Having one string of lights up versus none makes a big difference. Having six strings of light versus having five barely makes any difference.”
“Sure, go for it. But just go for it a little bit.”
What do you think?