The Darkness Manifesto

My favorite takeaway from this book is that it made me think about darkness and night in an entirely new way. With winter fast approaching, I’ve been able to appreciate—rather than dread—the longer nights for the power they give to beloved nocturnal species like bats and moths. I’ve also started to interrogate my human perception that darkness means danger—although this is complicated by womanhood—and to explore ways to reduce light pollution in my community. Other topics in this book include the ways in which different species perceive and process light and how plants and animals are guided by the moon and the stars. With short chapters and excellent narration, The Darkness Manifesto is a thought-provoking read. Recommended by Mary

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The Darkness Manifesto: On Light Pollution, Night Ecology, and the Ancient Rhythms That Sustain Life By Johan Eklöf, Elizabeth DeNoma (Translated by) Cover Image
By Johan Eklöf, Elizabeth DeNoma (Translated by)
ISBN: 9781668000908
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Published: Scribner - February 13th, 2024

This timely and captivating look at the hidden impact of light pollution is “rich in revelation and insight…lyrical” (The Wall Street Journal) and urges us to cherish natural darkness for the sake of the environment, our own well-being, and all life on earth.

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