Sunday, March 28, 2010

See the Light

I blogged a few months ago about how it's dark too early in the evening in the UK and also too bright early in the day. Finally, there is an organised group who agree with me and I am only too happy to lend my little blog space to shout their praises. is a campaign to push British time back one hour, throughout the year. Meaning going onto the equivalent of central European time for all intensive purposes. More people would use and enjoy an extra hour of light in the evenings than get use out of it in the mornings and the organisers (10:10UK) have calculated that nearly half a million tonnes of CO2 would be saved per year by all the lights that wouldn't need to be turned on so early in the evening. Plus, the Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents (I will admit, I laughed at the name the first time too) says it will save 100 lives a year, mainly road accidents that occur in the gloomy evenings driving home from work.

I encourage everyone to sign up to try and get the UK to spring forward another hour. It hardly costs anything, would save money, lives and the planet. Is that a deal or what?

1 comment:

cr said...

I've said since I was a kid that in the North, they should fiddle with the clock so that the sun comes up at 10:00 AM or something equally ridiculous. That way we'd have a decent amount of afternoon and evening light that could actually be used.

Standard time in the North now is a joke. Dark when you get up, dark when you get home. And you sit in an office all day. Sounds like lights on during all waking hours if you ask me!

Cool to hear about the Lighter Later campaign!