International Day of Light

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International Day of Light

International Day of Light is celebrated annually by UNESCO on 16th

The main purpose of observing this day is to give importance to the role of light in science, art, culture, education, medicine, communication, energy and sustainable development.

In the year 2021, International Day of Light is celebrated with the theme “Trust Science”.

Why May 16 for International Day of Light?

  • In fact, the first successful operation was done in the year 1960 via LASER. This day has been chosen to mark this.
  • It may be noted that this successful laser operation was carried out on 16 May 1960 by an engineer and physicist Theodore Mammon.
  • On November 7, 1917, the 39th General Assembly of UNESCO announced the International Day of Light.

Goals of International Day of Light

  • To develop an understanding of the importance of light-based technologies in daily life and to promote the importance of lighting technologies.
  • Creating activities that target science for young people.
  • To highlight the link between light, art and culture.

Light pollution

  • Lighting technologies are growing rapidly in the world. Due to this, some harmful effects have also come to the fore; they cause a lot of trouble especially for the birds.
  • Therefore, we must use lighting technologies very carefully for sustainable development. There is an increase in light pollution mainly due to urbanization.
  • Common light pollution includes light trespass, excess light, glare, light clutter.

Source – Indian Express

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