Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Daylight Saving Time Campaign

10:10 have a campaign for Daylight Saving Time Reform, to shift the clocks forward by an hour, to have lighter evenings in both summer and winter.

The benefits of doing this: (pasted from LighterLater.org)

1 Cut at least 447,000 tonnes of CO2 pollution –equivalent to more than 50,000 cars driving all the way around the world – each year [1]
2 Save 100 lives each year and prevent hundreds of serious injuries by making the roads safer [2]
3 Lower our electricity bills by maximising the available daylight and reducing peak power demand [3]
4 Create 60,000–80,000 new jobs in leisure and tourism, bringing an extra £2.5–3.5 billion into the economy each year [4]
5 Reduce crime and the fear of crime [5]
6 Help make people healthier and tackle obesity by giving people more time to exercise and play sport outside in the evening [6]
7 Save the NHS around £138 million a year through reducing road casualties [7]
8 Improve quality of life for older people [8]
9 Make the nation happier – including reducing the effects of Seasonal Affective Disorder [9]
10 Demonstrate that dealing with climate change can be good for the economy, good for people and good for society as a whole.

Half a million tonnes of CO2 a year sounds a lot, and is a lot, but it is only 0.09% of Great Britain's annual output of 568,520,000 tonnes of CO2.

Still, we have to start somewhere, and since this is a cost-free, convenient and popular measure, please sign the letter that 10:10 will send to the next Prime Minister.

No comments: