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EU Proposes Abolishing Seasonal Clock Change
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The twice-yearly changing of the clocks for winter and summer has been a ritual in Europe since 1916, originally conceived as an energy-saving measure.
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The main idea behind clock changing was to harmonise the hours of activity with those of daylight to limit the use of artificial lighting. Critics say the changes impact on our health by playing havoc with the body clocks of children and the elderly in particular, and hitting hardest those who work outdoors. More than 80 percent of respondents to the largest online survey in EU history are in favor of abolishing changing the clocks in summer and winter,
Other countries have long ditched the clock change; while some have remained. If you were an EU resident, would you have voted for or against the clock change?
I don't live in EU and still have clock changes in our country. For me, if the people have already voted for abolishing seasonal clock changes, the government should honor that. The government should just lay the facts to the people and have them vote. Quite the same as when they vote for their government officials, the votes are being honored, right?
Changing the time, even if it is only by 1 hour, disrupts our body clocks or circadian rhythm. For most people, the resulting tiredness is simply an inconvenience. Add to the fact that there isn't much energy savings anyway.
I will vote against it. I have lived all of my life with the seasonal clock change and I am so used to it already. No point abolishing if there's some benefit we can get out of it anyway.
An extra hour of evening sunlight in winter could save £485m a year in electricity bills, as households would require less energy to heat and light their homes.
Longer daylight hours make driving safer, lowers car accident rates, and lowers the risk of pedestrians being hit by a car. A study has been made concluding that crime rate, such as robbery, drops because crime occurs in the evening around common commuting hours of 5 to 8 PM, and more light during typical high-crime hours makes it harder to commit crimes.
Because of lighter and longer winter evenings in EU, DST gives a yearly income boost from the 60-80,000 extra jobs that amounts to £720 million. If they abolish DST, then they should think about a backup plan for the jobs that will be cut.
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Aside from people's body clock getting affected by the seasonal clock change, even farm animals like cows get affected too because they are used to being milked at a certain time.
If Europe is scraping it then so should the rest of the world who still have Daylight Savings and Standard Time.
Since 1996, all Europeans have been advancing their clock by one hour on the last Sunday of March and putting it back one hour on the last Sunday of October. Under the developing proposal, Bulc said it will be up to each individual member state to decide whether they follow winter time or summer time.
I strongly believe the proposal must be worked out carefully as it will affect businesses, particularly those that deal with train, bus, truck and airline schedules.