SUMMARY OF THE PROJECT

The Project EDP, “European Dark-sky Protectors”, aims at raising awareness about light pollution which is adversely affecting environment, safety, energy consumption, climate and health and to research on the approaches and applications about interactive and innovative methods for teaching scientific and environmental subjects in the partner schools, to implement these methods into our school curriculum and to disseminate the results of the applications and workshops.

Less than 100 years ago, everyone could look up and see a spectacular starry night sky. Now, millions of children across the globe will never experience the Milky Way where they live. The inappropriate or excessive use of artificial light – known as light pollution – can have serious environmental consequences for humans, wildlife, our view of the universe and our climate.

For three billion years, life on Earth existed in a rhythm of light and dark that was created solely by the illumination of the Sun, Moon and stars. Now, artificial lights overpower the darkness and our cities glow at night, disrupting the natural day-night pattern and shifting the delicate balance of our environment. The negative effects of the loss of this inspirational natural resource might seem intangible. But a growing body of evidence links the brightening night sky directly to measurable negative impacts.

Light pollution affects every citizen. Fortunately, concern about light pollution is rising dramatically. A growing number of scientists, homeowners, environmental groups and civic leaders are taking action to restore the natural night. Each of us can implement practical solutions to combat light pollution locally, nationally and internationally.

During the Project students and teachers will -become a “citizen scientist” through participating in EDP
- have the opportunity to study on the balance of the lifecycle distrupted by the light pollution, the effects of the light pollution on climate change, energy consumption, human health, psychology and psychoplogy, the relationship between light pollution and the industrialization, civilization, technology and population
-create posssitive attitude to environmental issues
-develope interest in scientific studies through research and workshops on light pollution
- be able to see and share the good practices and innovations in the partner countries
- gain the necessary intercultural, methodical, linguistic and ICT competences.
-to report the results of the Project and share the report with the universities; institutions; associations related to energy, science, environment and astronomy; the previous Project named TIKE (is a Project on the prevention of the light pollution in Turkey carried out by Kültür University) and Municipalities of the partner schools
- to disseminate these results by organasing an internatioanal, national or local seminars in partner countries
During the proejct 3 Transnational Project Meetings (TPM) will be held in Turkey (the start and the evaluation meetings) and in Turkey with the participations of 2 or 3 teachers and 1 principal.
4 Learning, Teaching, Training Meetings (LTT) with the participation of 3 students and 2 teachers in each meeting willl be organised in Romania, Germany, Italy, Greece and …..

The first TPM meeting will be held as a Project management and implementation for the teachers and the principals supported by a seminar named AÖS-INTERNATIONAL organised by Akdeniz University focus on Astronomy, Science, Environment and Light Pollution where the teachers will get the basic knowledge about mentioned subjects above, learn how to use telescope, skymap, SQM (a device for measuring the light pollution) and evaluate the results of the measurements. They will have the chance to present their own institutions in an international level and to share the good practices about environment and science. Except for the seminar for the management and implementation of the project a work plan will be designed that will be followed at the next meetings.

The second TPM will be held to evaluate and report the activities carried out in the first year of the Project and a midterm report will be prepared and sent to the national agency.

The third TPM will be the evaluation meeting in general and the final report will be written with the coordination of all the partner schools. A conference will be organised to inform and share the results and the datas colleting through the whole project with the local community including local institutions, universities, municipalities, the companies, other schools, associations, NGOs and chamber of commerce.

At each meeting local institutions, universities, municipalities, NGOs and the companies will be visited and presentations, workshops and question sessions will be held; the workshop for measuring light pollution with SQM will be worked out.

In the 1st LTT meeting the products on the light in the nature, The history of lightning; Light and the cultur , What is light pollution , the effects of light pollution on ecosystem, the climate and the human health will be presented by the deligates of the partner schools.

In the 2nd LTT meeting workshops on Lightning , crime and safety, the effects on the human physchology and the sociological effects and the presentations of the results of the survey and questionaries on the mentioned subjects before will be made by the partners. Exhibition and the competition for the best logo, drawing, photograph and slogan will be prepared and a poster will be produced using them.

In the 3rd LTT meeting the products of the reseaches about energy consumption and how to save energy and the regulations and laws for the light pollution in each partner countries and the protection of the environment will be presented.

In the 4th LTT meeting the works on Dark sky heritage , light pollution and astronomy, International dark sky parks in the the partner countries and in the world will be presented.

The methodology to be used for the project will be interactive, creative and innovative methods such as presentations, workshops, experiments, observations, disscussions, debates, question and answer, research, surveys, questionaires, interviews, seminars, conferences, drawing and designing.

At the end, all the results and the datas of the project activities and reports will be delivered in each country through seminars, panels, dissemination CD, leaflet, magazine, poster, facebook, website of the project and the link on the schools websites, e-twinning platform, Erasmus + platform, EST and presented to the local companies, universities, institutions, Associations, NGOs, chamber of commerce as well as neighboring schools as a means for dissemination.

The results of the project are valuable not only for schools but also for municipalities, companies, universities and associations to help to see the rate and the effect of the light pollution, to prepare a light pollution map, to save money spending on lightning, to develope, apply and disseminate the appropriate lightning systems.

It is expected that the project with the challeging theme, activities, results, reports and the datas reach more than 100.000 people including the partner schools, neighbouring

schools, municipalities, universities, local institutions, associations, companies, NGOs, chamber of the commerce.


The long term effects of the project will be that
- students and teachers develope the motivation, interest, sensitivity and awareness for the scientific and environmental issues, improve their language, ICT, communication, social skills, increase their self confidence.
-teachers use and teach the results and datas of the proejct in their teaching plan
-schools implement the interective and creative methods shared during the project in their curriculum, they increase their awareness on the environmental problems in the future and after the project they may plan follow up activities and projects.
-the municipalities, other schools, companies will be encouraged to consider managing and retrofitting their buildings, gardens, public places so
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possible A follow-up project will be planned to include different countries and thus increase the amount of information on this topic in Europe.