• Get to know the impact of lighting on nature, animals and our safety
  • Learn what you can do to decrease light use
  • Find out if you experienced the energy-efficiency paradox in your daily life

 

Wrapping a building with thousands of colored LEDs is a new decorative trend in contemporary architecture. The LED lamps do not replace incandescent or energy-saving lamps, they replace a non-illuminated facade. This is a good example of the energy efficiency paradox. In short, this (economic) law states that more efficient equipment often results in new applications or more intensive use, as a result of which the total energy consumption will return to the same level, or even increase compared to the situation before the arrival of more efficient technology. These efficient form of lighting is not only influencing our energy usage, it is also having a severe impact on nature and even our own wellbeing. Join this lecture and be inspired by this growing movement.

Mattheus Bleijenberg

Mattheus Bleijenberg is a communications advisor at the Nature Environment Federation and project leader of the "Night of the Night". With this campaign he tries to make the Netherlands more sustainable and darker again. Previously he was director of Wakker Dier and he managed to get all eggs from laying hens from the supermarkets by campaigning.