We no longer waste water, so why do we waste so much light?

That is a problem that has been taken up by Northern Beaches resident Marnie Ogg (main image) who has been designated a Dark Sky Defender by the International Dark-Sky Association (IDA) for her work promoting the importance of dark skies.

In this episode of The Avalon Story, our home-grown Dark Sky Defender talks to Radio Northern Beaches presenter Wendy Frew about her astro-travel company that organises trips to some of the world’s most famous dark skies, such as the Atacama Desert in Chile.

Sometimes, the stargazing is ruined by bad weather. At other times, the stars are marred by light pollution.

“Looking at the sky in my own backyard [in Sydney] where I didn’t have to make any effort, I thought, ‘This has to be shared, this is a valuable asset’,” said Ms Ogg.

Since then, Marnie Ogg has been ardently working to protect Australian dark skies, including at Barrenjoey Headland.

“We are illuminating our world with all manner of lighting. We are obscuring not only our view of the stars but disrupting nearly all life on earth. The world’s urban and industrial lighting is so bright it’s likely much of it can be seen from the moon,” said Ms Ogg.

Listen to the full interview below with Marnie Ogg as she shares carefree childhood memories of growing up at Avalon, an extensive travel career, and the awe and wonder of a starry, starry night.

This is the fifteenth episode of The Avalon Story, an intriguing series celebrating the centenary of the founding of Avalon Beach.

Broadcast on Saturdays at 9.00am on Radio Northern Beaches (88.7/90.3FM), presenters Wendy Frew and David Stewart-Hunter chat to local luminaries about their memories of growing up in Avalon, any community work they have done, or the businesses they have established. Listen on demand at https://www.mixcloud.com/TheAvalonStory/

Image: Wendy Frew

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