Abolition of Daylight Saving Time (DST)
“A day without sunshine is like, you know, night.” ― Steve Martin
One of the highlights of autumn and spring is the changing of the clocks, to mark the start of winter and summer. The beginning of "summer time" is just around the corner. On Sunday, clocks will move forward by an hour (at 1am), ushering in the summer time, or daylight saving time (DST) for those in the US and Canada. It's a term we are familiar with. Think: saving energy, making better use of daylight, and so on. There's been some debate about the pros and cons of DST.
In 2018, the European parliament voted to scrap this biannual seasonal time change in spring and autumn. Clocks tend to move forward on the last Sunday in March and also fall back on the last Sunday in October. And the EU change would have come into effect from March 2021, however, it wouldn't have affected the UK, thanks to Brexit.
Many felt that the move was unwarranted and a waste of time (pun intended). This quote from John Flack, a then Conservative MEP for the East of England, sums it all up. He said: “We’ve long been aware the EU wants too much control over our lives – now they want to control time itself."
After the EU vote in 2019, a YouGov poll found that the majority of Britons (44%) were marginally in favour of keeping the clocks with no changes.
The EU plan is now stuck. Due to disagreements in the EU bloc, and not to mention the devastation of the global Covid-19 pandemic across nations. There are more pressing issues at the moment, and changing the clocks is not one of them.
The EU is not alone in this struggle to abolish daylight saving time. The Sunshine Protection Act was re-introduced by bipartisan US Senators, with calls to make DST universally permanent. According to the press release, "the bill would simply negate the need for Americans to change their clocks twice a year."
I think there needs to be more research done around the pros and cons, especially it's health benefits and the downsides. What do you think of daylight saving time (DST)? Would you want to ever change the status quo?
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