The Darkness Manifesto On Artificial Light and the Threat to Our Ancient Rhythm

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Publisher's Synopsis

**A FINANCIAL TIMES BOOK OF THE YEAR 2022**

'Powerful... a clarion call for change', New Statesman
'Poetic and philosophical at times, intimate and expansive at others', Daily Telegraph

How much light is too much light? The Darkness Manifesto urges us to cherish natural darkness for the sake of the environment, our own wellbeing, and all life on earth.


The world's flora and fauna have evolved to operate in the natural cycle of day and night. But constant illumination has made light pollution a major issue. From space, our planet glows brightly, 24/7. By extending our day, we have forced out the inhabitants of the night and disrupted the circadian rhythms necessary to sustain all living things. Our cities' streetlamps and neon signs are altering entire ecosystems.

Johan Eklöf encourages us to appreciate natural darkness and its unique benefits. He also writes passionately about the domino effect of damage we inflict by keeping the lights on: insects failing to reproduce; birds blinded and bewildered; bats starving as they wait in vain for insects that only come out in the dark. And humans can find that our hormones, weight and mental well-being are all impacted.

Eye-opening and ultimately encouraging, The Darkness Manifesto offers simple steps that can benefit ourselves and the planet.

The light bulb - long the symbol of progress - needs to be turned off. To ensure a bright future, we must embrace the darkness

Book information

ISBN: 9781847927156
Publisher: Vintage Publishing
Imprint: The Bodley Head
Pub date:
DEWEY: 363.738
DEWEY edition: 23
Language: English
Number of pages: 224
Weight: 362g
Height: 145mm
Width: 224mm
Spine width: 28mm