Why Arizona Dark Skies Matter

Published by The Bee News

February 2, 2023

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An AZ Speaks Presentation co-sponsored by

Arizona Humanities & Friends of the LHC Library

MOHAVE COUNTY, AZ (February 2, 2023) –The Mohave County Library in Lake Havasu City hostsWhy Arizona Dark Skies Matter” on Friday, February 10 at 3:30 PM in Community Rooms A/B. Matthew Goodwin will be the presenter.  He has a Ph.D. in Philosophy and has taught environmental ethics, media ethics, and technology and human values at Northern Arizona University, Coconino Community College, and Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University.

Goodwin recently participated in a National Endowment for the Humanities summer seminar on extending Aldo Leopold’s “Land Ethic.” He is co-founder of Sedona Philosophy, which offers guided hikes and retreats in Sedona and northern Arizona.

Flagstaff, Arizona was the world’s first community designated an International Dark Sky Place for its active efforts reduce light pollution and protect the visibility of the night sky. There are now over 130 dark-sky communities, places, and parks globally. Arizona alone has 17 dark-sky places, which is more than any other country in the world.

Why is it so important that we protect our nighttime views of the starry sky? Why should we turn out the lights at night and can we learn to enjoy the darkness?  This presentation will explore the importance of dark skies from a philosophical perspective. Some philosophers argue that the darkness of night is a gift that helps to restore our moral sense. The presentation will discuss what connections can be found between darkness and the night sky with our sense of morality, our sense of who we are as human beings, and our understanding of our place in the universe.

This program is made possible by a grant from Arizona Humanities and is sponsored by the Friends of the LHC Library.

Due to possible seating limitations, free tickets will be available at the library one week prior to the program. Tickets will not be available on the day of the program itself.

Ticket holders must be seated by 3:15 pm on the day of the program. At that time, all empty seats will be given away. Saved seats will not be allowed.

Lost tickets cannot be replaced. This program is free and open to the public.


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