While opposition to Daylight Saving Time grows, I present to you an argument for sticking with it. When you think about it, DST isn’t the enemy. It improves on Standard Time. So, having sprung forward, let’s just stay where we are now and be done with it.
DST has only been around for about a century. Apparently invented in New Zealand and adopted first in Germany. In Canada, residents of Port Arthur, ON (now Thunder Bay) switched first. The idea: to make better use of sunlight and conserve energy.
Changing to DST gives us longer evenings. That’s great for sports leagues and staying out (and spending money) longer on tourist activities. And for feeling like we aren’t mushrooms, growing in the dark under a layer of poop! DST does improve upon the regular time schedule. Farmers found it especially helpful. However, as explained in this Slate article, DST gets all the complaints when it’s Standard Time that’s the real problem. How many articles have you seen about abolishing DST? Many, I’m guessing. They’re aiming at the wrong target.
Petition-writers are correct in asking governments to consider the human toll of switching the clocks around twice a year. Fatigue, depression and suicide rates all rise after the move to DST. However, it’s not DST that’s the culprit. Standard Time – the one we will fall back to – is the sunlight-robbing schedule. So let’s stay with DST and just be done with it. End the petitions calling for its abolition. It’s the good one!