Stars4All – A Collective Awareness Platform for Promoting Dark Skies in Europe
Funding Programme: Horizon 2020
Duration: October 2015 – October 2018
Description: 2015 has been named by the United Nations as the International Year of Light (light2015.org). Light has had many obvious benefits for human mankind, but it also poses some relevant threats: the everyday-increasing excess of light thrown by humans to the sky seriously threatens to remove forever one of humanity’s natural wonders, the view of our universe. More importantly, it has also an adverse impact on our environment and economy and on the health of hundreds of species, including pathologies in human beings. Many professional and amateur scientists are already fighting against light pollution. However, it is necessary to increase social awareness about the importance of preserving the darkness of our cities and the environment.
Stars4All has created a Light Pollution Initiative (LPI) incubation platform which allows generating (and maintaining) customizable on-demand domain-focused LPIs (e.g., a light pollution working group in Brussels). The platform is self-sustainable and integrates a crowdfunding tool to obtain funding for the LPIs; it also considers incentives which motivate citizens to participate in LPIs, as well as policies to handle those incentives and provide innovations in data acquisition from sensors deployed by citizens and in games with a purpose.
ECN’s role: ECN leads the activities aimed to develop a crowdfunding tool fully integrated into the project’s platform. Through this crowdfunding tool, the community is actually able to obtain funding to carry out their setup Citizen Actions. The tool also comprises tips on how to conduct a successful crowdfunding campaign. The campaign currently included in the tool is Cities at Night.
- Deployment of the Stars4All Collective Awareness Platform for fighting against Light Pollution, to provide citizens the tools and support required to incubate and create local or global working groups
- Incubation of at least 30 Light Pollution Initiatives throughout the duration of the project, with activities in different languages and locations worldwide
- The launch of at least 1 crowdfunding campaign
- Extension of the legislation on sky protection, which is currently applicable to the Canary Islands, to the European Union, by promoting a European Citizens’ Initiative for preserving the darkness of European skies