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Niue declared world's first 'Dark Sky nation'

As light pollution increases across the globe, a small Pacific island is making every effort to protect its starry nights. Welcome to Niue, the world's first 'Dark Sky Nation'. ⭐️

Dark sky nation

What is Niue?

The island of Niue is the smallest independent nation in the world, with 1,600 inhabitants. Originally a state of New Zealand, the island became recognized as a freely-associated state by the United Nations in 1994. While they are not a member of the United Nations, they are a member of the Pacific Community and similar conferences. The island is commonly referred to as “the Rock of Polynesia” as it has a very rocky terrain. Niueans hold democratic elections for their villages’ chairpeople and assemblyperson for the Parliament of Niue every three years. The island was working towards green growth and renewable energy with the European Union but Cyclone Heta in 2004 set the island back in its efforts by two years.

This small Pacific island is the first nation to be recognized as a "dark sky nation." This accreditation highlights the island's commitment to protect the celestial arch as well as the exceptional quality of its starry nights. This quality is due to several factors. Firstly, the island’s geographical location, far from continents and their light pollution. Then, the measures taken by the government to replace all street lighting with low-emission light bulbs. Finally, the importance of night skies in the history and culture of the Niuean people. This is the first time that an entire country's sky is protected. This status was given by the International Dark-Sky Association.

What is the International Dark-Sky Association

The International Dark-Sky Association was created in 1988 in the United States by two astronomers. This organization campaigns for the protection of the planet’s celestial arch against light pollution, which has harmful effects on plants and animals that depend on light cycles to live. Human health is also disrupted, particularly the hormonal system and sleep cycles. Today, 8 out of 10 people in the world live under a night sky polluted by artificial light.

Brut.

03/25/2020 7:42 AM

18 comments

  • Spencer J.
    04/28/2020 23:12

    thought you find this dope homie

  • Jerome E.
    04/26/2020 06:25

    , tara Astral Photography. 😮

  • Tuavale S.
    04/26/2020 00:50

    Merijane Galoi

  • Nancy M.
    04/25/2020 19:16

    Now thousands of tourists will be invading from cruise ships.

  • Diogo M.
    04/25/2020 17:25

    that milky way its astonishing

  • Nicholas C.
    04/25/2020 15:24

    Nice

  • Jay-Vee M.
    04/25/2020 15:15

    Niue. 😍

  • Jeffrey H.
    04/25/2020 12:26

    Isn't it so Nice .We All better sort it out real SOON.❤️☮️🎶🇦🇺🌏🙏

  • Debi L.
    04/25/2020 11:48

    There are so many lights outside of my apartment and at night I can barely see anything because of the glare all around. I think if I could go visit anywhere in the world it would be there then. Thanks, Brut for sharing this.

  • Judith H.
    04/25/2020 11:04

    How will Starlink affect this?

  • Patty M.
    04/25/2020 08:47

    🖤

  • Haleem L.
    04/25/2020 08:33

    Should learn country: "Brunei Darussalam", Southeast Asia of only region with "no lockdown" opt on those pandemic. World 71% rating preservative forestry, cleanest Air Quality(WHO data), heavyweight welfare system to everyone till pension Niue, Brunei, Palau, Lechestien amongst nations with "0% debts" to International creditor are what their best at!!

  • Raya P.
    04/25/2020 07:36

    the sky in Fiji was close to this

  • Joe M.
    04/25/2020 06:51

    Keep it that way as long as you can!!!🖤✨🖤🌙🖤🌌🖤🌠🖤🪐🖤🌎

  • Maria I.
    04/25/2020 06:47

    So beautiful

  • Vanni P.
    04/25/2020 06:31

    🌊🏝💙

  • Carl J.
    04/25/2020 06:31

    Mahal 😗👌❤️

  • Doruntina F.
    04/25/2020 06:28

    Jon

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