“Skyglow” by Celia Berrell with Teacher Notes

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Light pollution

in the night

creates an orange

skyglow sight.


Nocturnal creatures

want to find

a place unlit by



Please make our

streetlights only flow

with downward-pointing

lights aglow.


Or better still

have times of black

so night-time creatures

could come back.

inspired by:


LIGHT pollution is now so bad that a dull orange “skyglow” obscures the stars in more than two-thirds of the world’s crucial habitats. And we have almost no idea how this affects wildlife.

Teacher Notes by Jeanie Axton

Have a browse of the excellent resources this site offers in ideas for Earth hour


Poem idea: Turn the lights of and darken the room. Brainstorm Earth related words and then get students to write a poem about looking after the planet. They could display their poem in a Earth picture.

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