Light became a symbol of civilisation. Where is the limit of the 24-hours life?

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‘Let There Be Light’ panel brought an issue about the light and the darkness, the nature and a modern life requirement, as well as the light pollution. There is an unnecessary lightening which has a negative impact on the people and the nature, while at the same time it is a necessity in the urban areas where people stay “alive” longer during the night. In the end, this was one of the most engaged discussions at the Weekend Media Festivalu.

“Croatia has an amazing coastline. For 10 years I have been coming every summer to Lošinj, but I stopped because of the lightening which destroyed the stars. It is destroyed because of Mr Skira’s project, and he is here with us today”, said Andrej Mohar from the NGO “Tamno svjetlo Slovenije”. The most popular Croatian light designer Dean Skira replied that the topic is more complex than it sounds. “The light lives in 5 forms – one is emitting, the second is invisible, the third is an illuminated object, the fourth form is a shade, but the most important is its impact on people and all the other elements in the nature. It is a fact that more than 50% of world population live in the urban areas, and until 2050. that number will be more than 70%. People cannot move if there is no light and at the same time it is a sense of security. Therefore, electric light is a necessity. The clash between the need and the nature is very thin and it is not easy to balance it”, said Skira.

People are attached to cycles – days and nights, lightness and darkness. “It took us million years to get used to those cycles. Why would we need to change it now? Because the lack of respect for those cycles, people are facing health and other issues”, argues Mohar. “No one advocates against the public lightning and a come back to the Middle Age. We talk about the city walls and national parks where the lightening is not a necessity, same as in the suburbs. If there are people who want to live and stay awake 24 hours a day and have health issues, it is their own choice. Owls, fireflies and other animals do not have a choice”, Korado Korlević, Head of Višnjan Observatory.