A Community Devoted to the Preservation and Practice of Celestial Navigation and Other Methods of Traditional Wayfinding
From: David Pike
Date: 2018 Sep 1, 12:46 -0700
Sean C you wrote:
"In the public consultation, 84% of 4.6 million respondents called for ending the spring and autumn clock change."
Personally I wish the U.S. would abandon it, too. No more having to remember whether I'm UTC -5 or -4.
This is another example on bureaucracy ruling brains.
One look at the globe will show you the current EU covers a vast spread of longitude and latitude. Therefore the change in longitude renders a common time zone, if that’s what the resolution before the European Parliament appears to be suggesting in para 8 “A European Parliament resolution says it is "crucial to maintain a unified EU time regime"” , is totally impractical as would be in the USA. Again, the value of daylight saving time (or lack of it in the northern winter) increases with latitude. This being so, a further look at the Globe will explain the differences, nation by nation, in enthusiasm for adopting 12 month daylight saving time as the study suggests. What might mean children will walk home from school in the winter in daylight in southern parts of Europe means that Scots children in the north west of Europe will go to school in the dark. (Do children still walk to school?). It’s interesting though that the two nations most in favour of moving from the spring autumn clock change ‘Sommerzeit’ are the two who first adopted it in 1916. This argument has been going on for over 100 years, and no doubt it will continue to do so for many years to come, but with our lives increasingly governed by what our automatically regulated little black boxes tell us we should be doing, will it really matter? DaveP