Friday, 17 December 2010

Camp in Peak Park and help the environment

The Peak District National Park Authority are asking for help from those who enjoy the outdoors and specifically night time in the Peak District. They want our help in taking part in a study of light pollution in the Peak District. All you have to do is look up at the night sky and spot the constellation Orion. Then compare to some charts on their website and submit the results along with your location.

The National Park say “Light pollution is artificial light that shines where it is neither wanted nor needed. Not only does light pollution have an impact on people’s enjoyment of the night sky, it has also been shown to have an impact on quality of life, as well as wasting energy.”

Whether you live in the Peaks, in a town or village, or are visiting on a camping trip you can take part. Peak Park is hoping to become among the first in Europe to be recognised for its work on protecting the night sky, joining Galloway Forest Park in Scotland.

So if you're in Peak Park between 31 December 2010 and 5 January 2011, or between 28 January and 2 February 2011 then take the time to look up at the stars and enjoy them.

Visit http://www.peakdistrict.gov.uk/index/looking-after/darkskies.htm for more info.

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