International Dark Sky Association started working for the membership of Bursa Metropolitan Municipality, Turkey will set Bursa's first Dark Sky Park. In the Dark Sky Park, which has only 92 different examples in the world, Milky Way observation activities, educational activities and sports activities will be held.
While factors such as developing technology, population growth and consumption increase the share of outdoor lighting in electricity consumption day by day, light pollution has also come to the fore as an important environmental problem in recent years. elucidation of unused space, making extra lighting used in space while increasing energy costs all over the world, Bursa Metropolitan Municipality of Bursa Amateur Astronomy Association and Turkey Healthy Cities Association in cooperation with the light pollution measurements in Bursa for the first time in Turkey was made. The light pollution map was created as a result of light pollution measurements made at 90 different points where 1021 percent of the city population lives. On the map, green colors stand out as the places where the intensity of light pollution is highest, and blue colors are the points where the intensity of light pollution starts to decrease.
In the Light Pollution Research Project Final Report; With the US Air Force Defense Meteorology Satellite Program, which was updated in 2016, scientific data obtained using night images of the earth from space were also included. According to this data, 97,8 percent of Turkey live under the light pollution of the population and 49,9 percent of the population does not see any of the Milky Way.
Dark Sky Park
On the one hand, the Metropolitan Municipality, which started the studies to determine the effects that cause light pollution and to prevent pollution, on the other hand, according to the Light Pollution Map, the Dark Sky Park is the region with the least pollution in Bursa. kazanHe started to work on it. In accordance with the standards set by the International Dark Sky Association, Turkey's first Dark Sky Park is located in Bursa. kazanis intended to. The Dark Sky Park project, which has only 92 examples in the world, is located in Başalan Plateau, the district of İnegöl, which is least affected by light pollution. kazanis aimed at. With the Dark Sky Park, a thematic observation park will be created to diversify tourism and work on adventure tourism. Within the scope of the project, which is envisaged to be implemented by preserving the natural texture of Başalan Plateau, the park will be open to public access and various sky observation activities, educational activities and sports activities will be held in this park.
Approval from the parliament
Meanwhile, Turkey's first Dark Sky Park is in Bursa. kazanThe steps to be taken towards the reorganization came to the agenda in the second session of the March council meeting of the Metropolitan Municipality. It was unanimously approved in the parliament to start working on Bursa's becoming a member of the International Dark Sky Union. Bursa Metropolitan Municipality Mayor Alinur Aktaş said that they attach great importance to environmental investments today, when climate change and global warming have become a global problem. Expressing that light pollution is also an important environmental problem, President Aktaş said, “The topic we have talked about most recently is water saving and energy saving. This project, in which we aim to raise awareness about light pollution, also provides diversity to our city in terms of tourism. kazanwill go,” he said.