Brit Launches Petition To Stop Clocks Going Back Because ‘We Don’t Want Another Hour Of 2020’
The annual tradition of daylight saving will kick in for people in the UK in the wee hours of Sunday morning.
Their clocks will go back one hour in order to save as much afternoon daylight as possible during the cold, blistery and dark winter months.
But one person isn't happy one bit with the scheduled time change and has launched an official petition on the UK government's website.
They wrote: "Stop the clocks going back this month. We don't want another hour of 2020. [It] has been a long, hard year for everybody. Let's not delay getting rid of it."
The petitioner has suggested the clocks should instead go back one hour at 2.00am on 1 January next year.
Sadly, the government has rejected the proposal, but not because they don't believe it's a bad idea. It's just that there's a double up.
Someone has already petitioned the government to stop the daylight saving change for 2020, arguing it could be a massive win for everyone to stay in British Summer Time.
The person wrote: "Due to the probable continuing lockdown the Government should take the one-off emergency measure to retain British Summer Time for the coming winter. This measure could be of enormous benefit to millions of people."
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A little more than 230 people have signed the online petition so far, which is well short of the 10,000 signatures needed for the government to respond. It will need to reach 100,000 signatures for it to be mentioned in UK parliament, so it has a long road ahead of it.
There have been calls for some time to get rid of daylight saving for a variety of reasons.
Professor of diabetes at Monash University, Paul Zimmet, told 3AW Radio that while many people reckon it's a good thing to have an extra hour of sunshine during the summer months, the days directly after the clock change can be brutal.
"In terms of the scientific evidence, which we will want to stick with at the moment, there are more heart attacks just after daylight saving, more road accidents, and then you've got workplace accidents, car accidents and their implications," he said.
"There is also cognitive dysfunction in relation to the daylight saving and the change in timing to our normal body rhythms."
Last year several US states introduced bills to have the mandated clock change removed, while the European Union voted to have it permanently scrapped by next year. EU member states will have to individually decide whether to be in permanent winter time or permanent summer time.
The EU will join Argentina, Russia and Turkey, who all ditched the changes in 2009, 2014 and 2016 respectively.
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