The Ecological Citizen

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An ecocentric case against satellite constellations

Kate McFarland

The Ecological Citizen Vol 6 No 2 2023: 145–51 [epub-088]

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First published: 8 March 2023  |  Permanent URL  |  Download citation in RIS format


The deployment of satellite megaconstellations like Starlink, the author argues, threatens to deprive people everyone of the natural night sky that is our human heritage. Beyond this important but anthropocentric worry, satellite megaconstellations pose uncertain and potentially significant concerns for wildlife and ecosystems. They could disrupt the migration patterns of animals who navigate by the stars, and their impact on the brightness of the night sky could result in adverse ecological effects across the globe. Perhaps most insidious of all, human tolerance of this novel threat to the night sky seems to betray a worrisome lack of reverence and respect for the more-than-human universe.



Conservation, Sensory pollution