For over 30 years, Marnie Ogg been involved with almost every aspect of tourism - flight attending, travel agency, guiding and group management. So you may ask, “How did Marnie now find herself in a publication dedicated to lighting?” (She did!)
Marnie’s career path is driven by her passion for travel. Witnessing artificially lit cities in the Middle East, USA and Europe, and the reduction of starfilled skies gave Marnie a deep appreciation for just how dark and natural the Australian night sky is. Much of the Australian continent remains unlit, and Marnie is on the pursuit to help keep it that way. In 2018, she received the prestigious Dark Sky Defender award from the International Dark Sky Association for her efforts.
Formed on the back of Australia’s first conference dedicated to looking at the impacts of light pollution, a group of eight collaborative minds came together to ensure the Dary Sky topic remained on the table. As CEO and Founder of the Australasian Dark Sky Alliance, Marnie is delighted that the organisation is making a difference. In just twelve months of operation, the Alliance has held discussions with policymakers, lighting companies and community groups – even being quoted in NSW Parliament by the Hon Rob Stokes on the virtues of preserving the night sky environment.
To be clear, the Australasian Dark Sky Alliance is not asking everyone to live in a cave and use nothing but a fire at night. Rather, their mission is for everyone to understand good lighting principles and the effect poor lighting choices can have on the environment – and, human health.