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Benjamin Franklin first suggested Daylight Saving Time in 1784, but modern DST was not proposed until 1895 when an entomologist from New Zealand, George Vernon Hudson, presented a proposal for a two-hour daylight saving shift to the Wellington Philosophical Society.

The conception of DST was mainly credited to an English builder, William Willett in 1905, when he presented the idea to advance the clock during the summer months. His proposal was published two years later and introduced to the House of Commons in February 1908. The first Daylight Saving Bill was examined by a select committee but was never made into a law. It wasn't until World War I, in 1916, that DST was adopted and implemented by several countries in Europe who initially rejected the idea.

Why There Is DST

It is believed that Daylight Saving Time was implemented a long time ago to give farmers more "sunlight" time to farm in relation to routine working hours of those other industries which must work in with farmers but also need to tailor their schedules to best fit the needs of consumers and other businesses.

The History...

In more recent times, DST was implemented in 1918 to save fuel and electricity (energy) but during World War I was repealed in 1919. DST was reinstated during World War II also as a method to save energy. In 1973 it was officially established for use in the winter season, for the same purpose, a fuel/energy saving measure.

It has also been shown in studies that traffic accidents are reduced by a substantial amount by making the adjustment for Daylight Saving Time. Increased accidents in the morning are far outweighed by the reduction of accidents in the evening. DST is an outdated practice that doesn't save anything and even increases the rate of heart attacks and accidents. www.standardtime.com

Additional Reasons For Daylight Saving Time

  • Daylight saving time is meant to save energy specifically electric power. There is more human activity in the early evening than in the early morning. By shifting the time such that it gets dark later, people will use less electric lighting and this saves electricity. During WW2, the USA instituted double daylight saving time (2 hours ahead) during the summer months. We go off daylight saving time during the winter months because it is not prudent to have all the children going to school in the dark.
  • Japan doesn't do it. When i was there it got light at 5:00 AM and was dark at 6:00 PM. I was told the government there wants people to work more and not play as much.
  • Daylights saving time used to saves time and light. Daylight saving time was started to save energy.Today in our global 24/7 global society it doesn't save anything. It shifts our experience of daylight and it has no effect at all on the actual passage of time or the actual length of daylight. But it would be strange if we called it Daylight Shifting Time, wouldn't it?
  • The basis for daylight savings time is that it provides energy savings and extra time for family activities. Many see it as the equivalent to cutting off the bottom of your blanket and sewing it to the top if the blanket is too short for your bed. The recent double daylight time makes matters even worse with many drawbacks.
  • Studies in many jurisdictions indicate that energy savings due to DST are non-existent, people have to turn on their light in the morning to see to get ready for work (instead of at night) ad most activities in our society (offices etc.) are clock based not sun based, family activities do not increase - kids have to be in bed for school and parents for work regardless of where the sun is, farmers don;t care, they are up with the sun (not the clock) and work until sundown, in areas north of the southern states the sun isn't up until 8:00 in the fall under DST so kids are going to school in the dark, the change from DST to sun time provides two periods in the morning and evening in the spring and fall where the sun gets in your eyes on the way to and from work.
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