(GENTLE MUSIC PLAYS)
DESCRIPTION: An animated video. At night, a full moon shines over a beach. Beyond the beach, the bright lights of a house illuminate people seated on a deck. The light casts a white glow over the surrounding environment: tall trees, shrubs and grass. The light of the moon appears dimmer.
SPEAKER: Artificial light is a high risk to our sea turtles’ reproduction and survival.
DESCRIPTION: The artificial light catches on the surface of the water. A sea turtle floating nearby looks on contemptuously, then swims away.
SPEAKER: Many females won’t lay their eggs on brightly lit beaches.
DESCRIPTION: At another beach, the full light of the moon and stars bounces off the water. A small bale turtles crawl across the sand, guided by the light.
SPEAKER: Baby sea turtles find the ocean using the reflection of the moon and stars on the water.
DESCRIPTION: Artificial light radiates from nearby buildings and a pier to the right of the turtles. As they reach the water’s edge, one of the turtles’ changes course, and heads toward the pier. The weary turtle drags itself along the shoreline. A predatory bird screeches as it rears itself from behind a nearby sand mound.
SPEAKER: Artificial light can disorient them and make them more vulnerable to predators and dehydration.
DESCRIPTION: The exterior and interior lights of a beachside apartment complex cast a bright, white glow, over the surrounding environment. The lights dim. The external lights emit amber-coloured beams.
SPEAKER: To help Australia’s sea turtles, avoid using lights near their nesting beaches.
DESCRIPTION: Sand dunes, trees and bushes appear on the beach below.
SPEAKER: Maintain a dune or vegetation screen.
DESCRIPTION: A boat shines a torchlight into the water below. A sea turtle, caught in the beam, swims toward the boat. The light turns off, and the turtle swims toward the moonlight.
SPEAKER: Only use lights where you really need.
DESCRIPTION: The bright interior lights of the boat’s cabin turn off. Two amber lights turn on. On land, the bright, white lights of a home turn off. A single, amber floodlight above the front door turns on.
SPEAKER: And use low intensity on land and water, and amber lights on land.
DESCRIPTION: Guided by the moonlight, a bale of sea turtles crawl toward the water.
SPEAKER: Play your part to help our sea turtles by reducing your light pollution.
DESCRIPTION: A URL on screen: awe.gov.au/light-pollution
SPEAKER: Consult the National Light Pollution Guidelines for Wildlife to find out more about how you can help.
DESCRIPTION: Text on screen reads: Let’s switch off light pollution together. The Commonwealth Coat of Arms Appears above the text: Australian Government - Department of Agriculture, Water and Environment.
SPEAKER: Let’s switch off light pollution together.