Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Victoria's Green Matters - 23rd April

Deal With IT's Secretary Victoria Nicholls writes a regular column in the East Kent Mercury: 
How would an extra hour of daylight in the evenings suit you? Now the weather is improving you could use the time for more gardening, a game of football with the children, evening walks by the sea and lots more.

The ‘Lighter Later Campaign’ wants the clocks moved forward an hour so that we can enjoy an extra hour of daylight in the evenings, all year round. This means moving to Greenwich Mean Time plus one hour – GMT+1 in the winter and GMT+2 in the summer. Summer days would feel much the same in the mornings but have that extra daylight in the evenings while winter mornings will be darker but evenings lighter for another hour when most people are about and able to take advantage of it.

There are several benefits, not least the saving in carbon dioxide (C02) emissions with the use of less energy for lighting.  At least 447,000 tonnes of C02 pollution could be cut, equivalent to more than 50,000 cars driving all around the world each year. Lower electricity bills would obviously follow the lower use of artificial light.

In winter, children’s journeys home from school would be in daylight and therefore much safer from a traffic accident point of view. 100 lives could be saved each year and hundreds of injuries could be prevented. Longer daylight hours make us all feel safer and fewer hours of darkness can reduce crime and the fear of crime.

Previous attempts to bring in the time change have been unsuccessful because of opposition from both the Scots and the farmers but recent polls have shown the Scots to be in favour of change now and the farmers have raised no further opposition.

There needs to be a successful popular movement to secure the time change so if you want to see lighter evenings join the campaign now and go to

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