A Matter of Safety: Should Reykjavik Turn off Their Street Lights to Better View the Northern Lights?

  • Dark skies are for the enjoment of all.

    Many cities around the world have successfully capped or lowered their "light pollution" so that stargazing can be a reality for the residents and visitors of the town. Besides this being a generally enjoyable experience, it can promote tourism, reduce the use of electricity, and lower the city's carbon footprint. Reducing street light usage can be done responsibly and safely such that Reykjavik residents and tourists can enjoy the northern lights without worry of traffic accidents or other problems.

  • Yes, Reykjavik should turn off their street lights to get a better view of the Northern Lights.

    Yes, Reykjavik should turn off their street lights to get a better view of the Northern Lights because it may be a once in a lifetime experience for many of the people who are there. Light pollution will ruin the views for many who are outside, and it should not be an experience to miss.

  • Yes, I agree.

    Tourists and locals snapped awe-inspiring photos and videos of the dancing green-lit sky stretching across the capital. This isn’t the first time the city council have authorized a temporary blackout to aide Northern Lights spectators. The last time a forecast of peak viewing conditions prompted a city-wide outage was back in 2013.

  • Yes, they should.

    It would be a great thing if Reykjavik turned off their street lights in order to allow people to better see the Northern Lights. This is a once in a lifetime opportunity for everyone, and it would be nice for the citizens of this small town to be able to see the phenomenon..

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