DarkerSky4CE – The project started

Date: 26.06.2024

DARKERSKY4CE – A new LIGHT for the fight against LIGHT pollution in Central Europe

 The partners of the DARKERSKY4CE project met on 24-25th June at the Astronomical Observatory of Pino Torinese (Italy) for the Kick-off Meeting of the Project hosted by the National Institute of Astrophysics, lead partner of the project.

It was a fruitful meeting that allowed us to get to know each other and to start planning actions for the following months. Viera Slavikova was present, representing the funder, Interreg Central Europe Programme, to support the project’s good start.

At the end of the meeting, the partners had the opportunity to visit the Astronomy and Space Museum INFINI.TO and watch a show in the digital planetarium.

DARKERSKY4CE – Strategic Transnational Approach to Reduce Light pollution in Central Europe – aims to reduce light pollution in central Europe by changing how it is perceived by policy makers, tourism facilities, tourists and locals.

The project objective is to raise awareness on the problem and generate a positive, solution-oriented, attitude to preserve ecosystems and biodiversity, highlighting that dark skies can be a competitive asset for sustainable development in non-urbanised areas.

Why is light pollution a problem?

It is not just a matter of not being able to observe the starry sky. It causes damage to many living beings, including humans. It can create disease, disorientation and difficulties in reproduction.

Why is it important to increase darkness in Central Europe?

Central Europe is one of the most illuminated areas in the world. This poses risks to our health and that of our ecosystems.

Check the light pollution map if you don’t trust us.

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e-mail: daniele.gardiol@inaf.it

Group picture in front of the PlanetariumDuring the Kick-off meeting