Most rural people know the difference between these two environments, what to expect and how to deal with each, as well as the effects they have on one's self and the local flora and fauna. 

Some animals and insects begin to make their living as the stars come out, and prey and predator alike wait for the darkness to descend. Others take shelter and rest as they wait for the dawn to return again. 

It is not that night has no lights of its own. Through its cycles, the moon comes and goes in a darkened sky, spreading its cool glow over the landscape. For many creatures it is essential to their lives, how they live and how they die.

Stars, caught in an infinite cycle, provide light but change too through the seasons. In a myriad of colours, they parade across the sky, a constant guide to migrating birds of where they are and where they are going.

Though often unseen, these birds may be heard in the darkness through the occasional squawk and the sounds of beating wings, as they fly through the night to a new destination, guided by the stars above. Waste light from towns and cities brings confusion to the migrating birds and is a danger in their migration. (Continued in the Info Sheet.)

Effects on the environment caused by our use of electrical energy are many and insidious.

The use of electrical energy has an effect on the natural environment ranging from the sound, light, heat and gases of a power plant to the disturbances of the night environment by light waste, trespass and pollution. This affects the natural cycles of flora and fauna and leads to disturbances in the food web, the health and welfare of all living things, etc.

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Another negative aspect of artificial light at night is the effect on the environment and climate change. 

When most people think of the term environment, their visualizations contain sunny images of landscapes, flora, fauna and people. However, there is one aspect of our environment which is rarely visualized, and that is the night environment. 

Two environments must be considered when we use the term "environment," the day environment and the night environment, each with its own peculiarities.

Most people, because they live in urban areas, view environment through the eyes of one who has grown up in towns and cities, their days filled with sunshine and darkness warded off by an over abundance of artificial light. They are indeed "Creatures of the Light." 

As their acquaintance with the night is short and limited, they rarely think of it as an environment devoid of light but an environment filled with danger and fear. 

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