The event, held in October 2012, brought together scientists, astronomers, regulators and other people involved in thinking about light. It was held in the Atacama Desert “so that people could see what they were missing in terms of enjoying the night and the stars.”
The result, said Villalobos, “was very interesting. The astronomers, for example, didn’t know that it is possible to light cities without causing light pollution. And as a result of the event, regulations have been rewritten so that they are better, so that they approach light from the human point of view. We formulated a manifesto that is called the Atacama manifesto.”
Afterwards, the organisers fundraised to put a conference together and they are working to put all the knowledge online so that it is free. They are also fundraising to put together another event which will happen in April 21st, 22nd & 23rd 2015, to be called ‘new moon and starry night in Atacama’. This time they will invite the people who make the decisions, such as managers and urban planners. “The mistakes are always made because people don’t have enough knowledge,” said Villalobos.