unique 3D exhibition “I´m sitting on a line and I´m fine” in the science park
Comenius University´s Science Park focuses mainly on science and research, but also seeks to promote the initiatives of environmental organisations. One of the initiative was location of 3D exhibition of raptors in the premises of Comenius University´s Science Park.
By: Nataša Dojčáková
An opportunity to sit down safely on power lines and experience how birds may feel in such a situation – that is exactly what this unique exhibition within the LIFE ENERGY project offers. It was ceremonially opened at the Ministry of Environment in Bratislava on the World Animal Day (4th October). László Sólymos, Slovak Minister of Environment seized the opportunity to try sitting on a power line, too.
The exposition uses its original way to show the consequences of using electricity for birds. Nowadays it seems impossible to imagine your life without electricity, although it has only been some 50 years since the electrification of all municipalities in Slovakia was completed in the second half of the 20th century. The space above the ground, which had previously belonged to birds only, suddenly went interfered with permanent barriers. Birds could not make it to adapt to this significant change. Each year, thousands of them die after the collision with powerlines. Including other factors, this has also contributed to the endangerment and even to the brink of extinction of several species.
“We have been implementing the LIFE ENERGY project since 2014 and it has been the largest project on this topic implemented in Slovakia so far. We have surveyed 7,000 km of power lines within 13 Special Protection Areas (SPAs) of the project. When it comes to those most at risk, the distribution companies Západoslovenská distribučná, a.s. and Východoslovenská distribučná, a.s. will install more than 8,000 special elements – bird flight diverters - in total, thanks to which the wires will be visible to birds and make them securely fly over the power lines. More than 600 birds yearly will be saved thanks to the LIFE Energy project: their social value makes 1.5 million euros. At the same time, each of us can contribute to the protection of birds, for instance by minimizing energy consumption. Country with fewer power lines means fewer barriers and more secure environment for the birds. This is, too, what the exhibition “I´m sitting on a line and I´m fine” is about. We aim to make people be aware of the problem's extent, learn about the responsibilities of our energy companies, and contribute to the problem solution,” said Lucia Deutschová, Raptor Protection of Slovakia (RPS).
Within two years, the exhibition will be presented to the public in several cities of Slovakia. In the Science Park it will be held until the end of April 2017.