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Last night, on my evening doggy walk, I was once again bowled over by how beautifully clear and starry the sky above my head was. This morning I was really saddened to read this:
The Campaign for Rural England (CPRE) in partnership with the Campaign for Dark Skies (CfDs) recently carried out a lighting nuisance survey. The survey found that eight out of ten people have their view of the night sky affected by light pollution and half have their sleep disrupted by light spilling into their bedrooms.
The survey revealed that the worst culprits that cause light pollution are:
. Road lighting (89%)
. Domestic security lights (79%)
. Older street lighting (77%)
. Businesses (56%)
. Sports grounds (53%)
. Supermarkets (41%)
If you would like to see the results and report go to: http://www.cpre.org.uk/campaigns/landscape/light-pollutionvisit
As a follow up, CPRE are now running ‘The Star Count’ in winter 2010 with the Campaign for Dark Skies. Their previous Star Count in winter 2006/7 attracted almost 2,000 participants and revealed that 54% of the population could see fewer than 10 stars in the Orion constellation, whereas in a truly dark sky you could see around 50 stars.
I hope the CoaST network will join me and get counting stars for ‘Star Count 2010′!
To get involved or find out more about how to reduce light pollution go to: http://www.cpre.org.uk/campaigns/landscape/light-pollution/light-pollution-take-action
May 5, 2010 by leap
David and Katy run West Cornwall Adventure (WCA) on The Lizard and at Portreath; more than a surf school, it offers safe, sea-based exhilaration.
When they came to us, WCA was an idea as much as a business. The good news, along with their kit and know-how, was the deal they had with the National Trust for exclusive use of two beaches, and permission to use the NT\’s prestigious logo. BIG news for a small new and exciting business.
The downside was budget. But we\’re used to that, and we love working with start-ups, so we did a deal: a ten-person Leap (and some clients/pals) team gets a free WCA adventure, the cost of it helps pay for our work, it extended the budget and Leap got to play.
We don\’t always do deals, but always do flexibility.
If you\’d like to have your own West Cornwall Adventure, give David and Katy a call on (07773) 380604 or contact them through their website at www.westcornwalladventure.co.uk
A new initiative developed by the Design Council and funded by the Regional Development Agencies is going to help businesses discover and harness the real fiscal benefits of design.
According to the initiative\’s website (www.designingdemand.org.uk) a one day workshop is a positive starting point to get businesses and their advisors enthused about the usefulness of good design:
\”…they show how design fits into business planning to get results. Then, intensive services bring top-level expertise direct to the boardroom to find opportunities and work on projects.\”
All companies accepted onto the scheme receive the intial workshop, associated services and five days assistance from highly successful Design Associates chosen for their track record with FTSE 100 companies. All that the company has to invest in is the consultancy fees. The amount of investment from the company varies from company to company, but the organisations helped so far have seen \”substantial returns\” on investments of £5,000 – £14,000.
This opportunity for businesses is very similar to another initiative from the Design Council. The Dott Cornwall Eco Design Challenge (www.ecodesignchallenge.co.uk) does the same thing for schools; showing that the design process and design thinking can help find the solution to endemic problems faced by Cornwall\’s high schools. The Eco Design Challenge has been produced by Matt and Coordinated by Chris and will culminate in The Eco Design Awards as part of DesignEd in Cornwall at Tremough Campus on 9th July 2010.