This is debated every year but nothing ever comes of it.
This Sunday, we “Fall Back” and set our clocks back an hour. We lose an hour of daylight.
This topic shows up every year. On news programs, blogs, social media, etc. etc.
WHY do we do this? Well, according to this article on Reuters:
The modern idea of changing the clocks with the seasons can be traced back to at least the late 19th century when New Zealand entomologist George Hudson proposed it to conserve energy and extend summer daylight hours, something which would have benefited his own hobby of collecting insects after work.
The idea was slow to gain traction until World War One when European states sought any strategies to conserve fuel. Germany was the first country to adopt daylight saving time in 1916 and the U.S. followed in 1918.
The practice went through many variations before the U.S. standardized it in 1966 in the Uniform Time Act, which allows states to opt out of it but not to stay on daylight saving time permanently.
To me, this has never made sense. I’m always ready to get rid of it but I guess, how much would it actually change if we did? What are your thoughts?