COULD WE HELP STOP THE MADNESS OF CHANGING THE TIME TWICE A YEAR?
Hi Dear classmates,
Last Friday when I was driving, I switched on the radio by chance and heard about Daylight Saving time (DST). My first reaction was against this change. Why? Because I Know I’ll sleep one hour less on Monday!!!
Yesterday, while I was thinking about what I could write in English, Daylight Saving time (DST) came to my mind.
Immediately, I did some research on google and now, I know, just a little, about the creator and the history of it: It was the New Zeeland entomologist G.V. Hudson in 1895 the first who proposed the modern Daylight Saving Time, whose shift-work job gave him leisure time to collect insects, and led him to value after hours daylight. (Nothing related to saving energy).
The proposal for this change of time was accepted in UK in 1915, and later on, in 1916, was accepted by Germany and its World War I allies, as a way to preserve coal during wartime. Since then, the world has seen many enactments, adjustments and repeals.
If we asked a random sample of people: Why did Daylight Saving Time start , and why does it still continue? I think most people would answer: “To save energy!”
But there are some university studies that show us this fact is not exactly true: Although energy conservation remains an important goal, energy patterns have greatly changed since then, and the results of the studies (saving energy) are contradictory.
Supporters have given more reasons:
PUBBLIC SAFETY: They argue DST(Daylight saving time) can produce a reduction in traffic fatalities . A 2009 US study found that on Monday after the switch DST there are more traffic accidents because workers have slept less.
EFFECTS ON HEALTH: DST(Daylight saving time) has mixed effects on health: It alters sunlight exposure; and whether it is beneficial or not, it depends on one’s location an daily schedule and not in generalizations:(Ex. It can be good for the skin, but it can produce skin cancer, too; DST can help depression but some argue the opposite, etc, etc…)
ECONOMIC COSTS (Enterprises have to re-adapt computers applications, meetings, etc…and all these things have a high cost. Don’t forget it! )
In consequence, if DST is questionable (It doesn’t save energy, human lives or money, why do we continue going year by year round this madness of changing the time twice a year?!!!
I could suggest we could follow Stéphane Hessel’ SLOGAN: “Cry out!”
And you, what do you think o what would you suggest?