October 15, 2021
Jane Slade Honored by International Dark Sky Association with "Dark Sky Defender" Award
Each year, the International Dark-Sky Association recognizes and celebrates the incredible achievements of individuals and groups who are committed to our mission to preserve the night. As leaders in their communities, the awardees play a crucial role in strengthening the global dark sky movement and empowering others to join the fight against light pollution.
Jane Slade is the only North American among the six individuals who were awarded with the organization's Dark Sky Defender Award
Dark Sky Defender Award - JANE SLADE, USA
This award is given to individuals and organizations in recognition of their efforts to promote and advance the mission and programs of IDA to preserve night skies on each of the six inhabited continents.
Jane has created a first-of-its-kind interview series podcast called Starving for Darkness. The podcast brings experts and enthusiasts from all disciplines to talk about the problem of light pollution with the goal of creating general awareness on the topic and fostering a sense of community within the global network of dark sky defenders. By amplifying these very intimate conversations with the public, guests also become part of a larger network of understanding.
As faces and voices become more familiar, ideas about preserving the night become normalized as more common knowledge, and offer language for more and more people to create awareness about the problem of light pollution. In addition, each episode offers insights from a different specialty or point of view. By exploring light pollution from different angles such as lighting design, biology, psychology, astronomy, and advocacy individual experts nourish and elevate the current discourse across the spectra of knowledge.
The broad appeal of the podcast amplifies the discussion of light pollution globally and generates more awareness about the larger conversation that is taking place between dark sky defenders.
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