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  • Title: 10:10 Lighter Later: Can David Cameron end this daylight robbery? Let's get the clocks changed with Lighter Later
    Descriptive info: .. 10:10 Lighter Later.. HOME.. BENEFITS.. HISTORY.. WHO WE ARE.. FAQ.. WHAT A DIFFERENCE AN.. HOUR MAKES.. Everybody loves the sunshine.. But every year we set our clocks so that we get less of it in our lives, sleeping through the sunlit mornings while we use expensive, polluting electric lights to keep out the dark nights.. The debate around how we set our clocks has been raging for decades with many calling for changes which would brighten all of our days, by changing the clocks so we are awake when the sun is out.. 10:10.. took up the call for lighter evenings in March 2010 as the best proof yet of 10:10’s bright idea – that cutting carbon and making life better can and should go hand in hand.. Changing time was never going to be easy – we’re taking a break from campaigning on this for a while but we’re not going to be resting on our laurels!.. runs innovative projects that aim to make life better for both the planet and people.. If you’d like to hear more about our other projects, sign up to stay in touch.. We’ll also let you know about any future daylight saving developments!.. NEWS.. We lobbied our socks off but ….. 20 Jun 2012.. The Private Members Bills that will make their way through parliament in the next session were announced today and, sadly, the Daylight Saving Bill wasn’t one of them.. Some backbenchers can go their entire political careers without being drawn in the PMB ballot so deciding which issue to focus on isn’t something those who.. do.. get drawn take lightly.. We were lucky in that we had a huge number of supporters in the MPs who were drawn, but none of them were clock change evangelists.. We want to say a huge thank you to the.. Sport + Recreation Alliance.. who worked with us to bag a bill this time round.. We phoned, we emailed, we sent letters, you sent in hundreds of letters too, but when it came down to it just-as-worthy issues got chosen such as mental health, welfare of carers, rules around missing people and scrap metal theft.. So what next ….. Well, the sun has not set on the daylight saving debate but without a Private Members Bill to get behind we’re in a bit of a sticky situation.. The government, although it supports the call for a review, won’t do it of their own accord.. And actually, for the issue in the long run, it’s probably better they don’t.. Without a strong bill there would be nothing in place to hold them to account – ie there would be no framework with which to ensure they acted on what they found.. Although we’ve moved the issue further than it’s been in decades, there aren’t many other legislative avenues we can saunter down right now.. But despair not dear comrades! This is an issue that won’t go away.. Our next Clock Change Evangalista will step forward very soon – and by then the complex political situation that’s held the issue back may well be very different.. This is an idea whose time WILL come.. The Lighter Later roll call of honor … please put your hands together for.. All those who have volunteered on the campaign over the years: Amy, Simon, Becca, Krysia, Kasja, Suki, Sion, Jon, John, Richard and John.. The amazingly talented Ayesha Garret who designed our Lighter Later livery and the wonderful Tom Flannery.. Rebecca Harris MP and her awesome staff Anthony and Andrew, who worked their socks off and were always a pleasure.. All those who’ve offered invaluable advice and professional support; especially George McGregor, Dr Mayer Hillman, Lesley Riddoch, Paul Godzik, Martyn Williams, Guy Shrubsole and Dr Elizabeth Garnsey.. Our wonderful coalition; special thanks to James Stibbs and the team the Sports + Recreation Alliance, Tom Mullarkey and Michael Corley at RoSPA, Kurt at the Tourism Alliance, Miranda at BIAZA, Rob at PACTS, Ellie at Sustrans and all at the wonderful Orchard Campsite.. Our fabulous facebook heroes who have kept even the most heated debate reasonable John McNab, Rick Green, Jeremy Wood, Kim Richmond, Tina Szucs, Cindy Adams, Peter Greenhill Domhnall Dods.. And every single one of our supporters who have written to MPs, debated with family and neighbours, and discussed it down the pub.. We raise a glass to you all and to the daylight saving debate and all who sail in her.. The annual Battle for the Bills has commenced.. And we’re right in the thick of it!.. 16 May 2012.. Proposing new laws is generally the preserve of the government apart from a once-a-parliamentary-session ritual known as the Private Members Bill (PMB) Ballot.. 20 Chosen Ones have now been drawn from the parliamentary version of a hat.. These lucky backbench MPs will get to table a policy they’re passionate about.. Lobby groups the length and breadth of the land will be poised to leap on those drawn in the ballot, to convince them to take up their cause.. The proposals are debated in order so many don’t get to see the light of day (well, the light of the House of Commons to be more precise) as so little time is actually set aside for PMBs.. Those in the top 7 will be hounded the most as they get to choose time slots first so are normally ensured a decent hearing.. So, all this considered, bagging a bill ain’t easy! But we’re up for the fight.. Are you? The Chosen Ones will be making their minds up right now.. We need everyone to get behind us on this one ….. have you emailed your MP yet.. ? If they’re not one of the lucky 20, they might be friends with someone who is!.. To address a few frequently asked questions; this.. blog.. explains how it will be different this time round.. Put simply, it’s a question of time … we gained a huge amount of ground with the Daylight Saving Bill, so wonderfully spearheaded by Rebecca Harris MP, that we’re not going from a standing start.. We have government support, huge cross-party backing, and the majority of MPs now know the issue well and support the bill.. Having this level of support from the get-go means it ll be much harder for *certain* MPs (;-) to derail the bill like they did last time.. They can blow off steam for as long as they like, and we ll still have plenty  ...   will probably go a bit quiet on the lighter evenings front.. Until things start moving again in parliament, we can take some time to catch our breath.. We first got interested in clock change because it shows how we can.. save energy and tackle climate change.. while making communities healthier, safer and stronger.. If you like the sound of that, you should take a look at the other projects we run:.. The 10% challenge.. More than 100,000 people, families, schools, hospitals, churches, shops, offices factories and farms are working together to.. cut their carbon footprint by 10%.. in one year.. Click here to give it a try.. Solar Schools.. A groundbreaking project to.. help schools get solar panels by raising money from the local community.. We re currently trialling the programme with schools in Reading, Cambridge, Norwich and the Scilly Isles, and are hoping to launch it nationally later this year.. Click here to find out more.. It s been a real privilege to work with you on the Daylight Saving Bill, so if you re not one of the 10,000-or-so Lighter Later supporters that s already involved with other 10:10 projects, we d love to have you on board.. Thank you for all your amazing work so far – I really can t say that enough!.. Picking apart the debate.. So it’s been a week since the big House of Commons debate on the Daylight Saving Bill and the dust has settled a little.. Whilst the bill was only 6 pages long it attracted over 100 amendments tabled by a handful of MPs.. Many were so barmy they weren’t considered worthy of airtime – renaming the bill ‘Berlin Time Act’ for instance.. Out of the 100, 28 made it onto the list for discussion and were grouped into three – so 3 groups of amendments meaning 3 debates.. Even with overwhelming support over 140 MPs – the chips were stacked against us.. Christopher Chope MP, famous for talking out Private Members Bills, took up the whole first hour almost singlehandedly.. MPs employed the rarely used Standing Order 29 (the Golding Closure ) which, to cut to the chase, was simply a vote to make him sit down and shut up!.. The vote half-an-hour later kicked the first block of amendments firmly to the curb – the second block also soon fell but by the time it came to the third block it was clear that there simply wasn t going to be enough time! A small number of MPs employed further timewasting tactics which can only be described as mmm arsing around in the ‘noe lobby’.. Oh how we could have done with that ‘extra hour’!.. In the words of Kerry McCarthy MP (.. her blog.. is well worth following) – “It’s taken me seven years and a spell as the duty whip for Private Members’ Bills to get my head round all the technicalities, and I’m still learning”.. Us mere mortals have little hope of fully grasping all that went on last Friday.. All we can say for sure is that the procedural rules are crazy and the calls for reform of the system are louder than ever.. Time may have run out for this Parliamentary session, but the frustrated mood of the House and of the people who have been calling for clock change has certainly been heard in all the right places.. And now for some numbers.. - Of 160 MPs present, 70% of all words spoken were from 10 MPs.. - The same 10 MPs consistently voted to extend the debate.. - 146 MPs consistently voted to progress the debate.. - 25% of all words spoken at the debate were by one MP (approx 50mins of talking), Christopher Chope, who consistently voted to extend the debate.. Ironic that there was so much blatant time-wasting in a debate about wasted time!.. Mark D Arcy over at the BBC.. blogged events.. as they unfolded makes for a good read.. You can check out the full transcript of the debate.. here.. The votes on Friday were many but we’ve been through the transcript of the debate and the vote registers and pulled out the key names of who was for and against.. The roll call of honor ….. Adam Afriyie, Adrian Sanders, Alan Haselhurst, Alan Whitehead, Albert Owen, Alison Seabeck, Alun Michael, Andrew Jones, Andrew Smith, Andy Slaughter, Angie Bray, Annette Brooke, Barry Sheerman, Ben Bradshaw, Ben Gummer, Bob Stewart, Caroline Lucas, Caroline Nokes, Charlie Elphicke, Charlotte Leslie, Chris Bryant, Chris Huhne, Chris Kelly.. Chris Leslie, Chris White, Claire Perry.. Clive Betts, Clive Efford, Damian Collins, Dan Jarvis, David Davis, David Gauke, David Heath, David Heyes, David Lidington, David Morris, David Rutley, David Tredinnick, Don Foster, Edward Davey, Fiona Bruce, Frank Field, Gavin Barwell, George Hollingbery, Gerald Howarth, Gerald Kaufman, Glenda Jackson, Graham Allen, Greg Hands, Greg Knight, Gregory Barker, Heather Wheeler, Heidi Alexander, Hugh Bayley, Ian Murray, Jack Lopresti, Jane Ellison, Jeremy Corbyn, Jessica Lee, Jim Dowd, Jim Fitzpatrick, Jim Paice, Joan Ruddock, Joan Walley, John Cryer, John Glen, John Leech, John McDonnell, John Penrose, John Randall, John Whittingdale, Jon Cruddas, Julian Huppert, Julian Smith, Julie Hilling, Justine Greening, Karen Bradley, Karen Buck, Kerry McCarthy, Kwasi Kwarteng, Laura Sandys, Margaret Hodge, Mark Field, Mark Harper, Mark Lazarowicz, Mark Pawsey, Mark Tami, Martin Vickers, Mary Macleod, Matthew Hancock, Meg Munn, Michael Fabricant, Mike Gapes, Mike Penning, Mike Weatherley, Nick Gibb, Nick Herbert, Nick de Bois, Oliver Colvile, Oliver Heald, Paul Blomfield, Penny Mordaunt, Peter Aldous, Peter Bottomley, Peter Luff, Philip Hollobone, Phillip Lee, Richard Ottaway, Robert Buckland, Robert Halfon, Robert Neill, Robert Syms, Roberta Blackman-Woods, Roger Gale, Roger Godsiff, Sarah Newton, Seema Malhotra, Shailesh Vara, Simon Burns, Simon Hughes, Simon Kirby, Stephen Hammond, Stephen Lloyd, Stephen Metcalfe, Stephen O Brien, Stephen Phillips, Stephen Pound, Steve Brine, Steve Webb, Stuart Bell, Tessa Jowell, Tessa Munt, Theresa Villiers, Therese Coffey, Thomas Docherty, Tim Yeo, Tobias Ellwood, Tom Brake, Tom Greatrex, Tom Harris, Valerie Vaz, Zac Goldsmith.. And then in the ‘noe’ camp ….. Christopher Chope, Philip Davies, Jacob Rees Mogg, Angus Brendan MacNeil, Steve Baker, Peter Bone, Stewart Hosie, Iain Stewart, Dr Elidh Whiteford, David Nuttal, Iain Stewart, Matthew Offord.. Older blogs.. Keep in touch.. Until clock change finds its way back up the agenda, why not keep in touch with us here at 10:10? We're working to make sure the evening sun shines on a world that's healthier, happier, and safe from climate change.. Join us.. Name.. Email.. Postcode.. ok.. Contact.. Press.. 10:10 Site..

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  • Title: 10:10 Lighter Later | Benefits
    Descriptive info: Lighter Later is about shifting Britain’s clocks forward by one hour throughout the year.. In other words, instead of setting our clocks to GMT in winter and GMT+1 in summer, we would set them to GMT+1 in winter and GMT+2 in summer.. We would still put our clocks forward in spring and back in autumn, but the sun would rise and set one hour later throughout the year, which would mean that more people are up and around when there is daylight.. Moving Britain’s clocks forward in this way has the potential to:.. Cut at least 447,000 tonnes of CO.. pollution – equivalent to more than 50,000 cars driving all the way around the world – each year.. [1].. Save 80 lives each year and prevent hundreds of serious injuries by making the roads safer.. [2].. Lower our electricity bills by maximising the available daylight and reducing peak power demand.. [3].. Create 60,000–80,000 new jobs in leisure and tourism, bringing an extra £2.. 5–3.. 5 billion into the economy each year.. [4].. 5.. Reduce crime and the fear of crime.. [5].. 6.. Help make people healthier and tackle obesity by giving people more time to exercise and play sport outside in the evening.. [6].. 7.. Save the NHS around £138 million a year through reducing road casualties.. [7].. 8.. Improve quality of life for older people.. [8].. 9.. Make the nation happier – including reducing the effects of Seasonal Affective Disorder.. [9].. 10.. Demonstrate that dealing with climate change can be good for the economy, good for people and good for society as a whole.. The two graphs below show just how inconvenient the present clock settings  ...   the likely effects on road accidents of adopting a GMT+1/GMT+2 regime", Transport Research Laboratory, Crowthorne: 1998.. Yu-Foong Chong, Elizabeth Garnsey, Simon Hill and Frederic Desobry "Daylight Saving, Electricity Demand and Emissions; Exploratory Studies from Great Britain", October 2009, available at:.. Hillman, M: “The Likely Impact on Tourist Activity in the UK of the Adoption of Daylight Saving”, Policy Studies Institute: 2008 (p.. 11).. Hillman, M: “Time For Change.. Setting Clocks Forward by One Hour Throughout the Year: A New Review of the Evidence” (p.. 8), Policy Studies Institute: 1993 and.. ipsos-mori.. com/researchpublications/researcharchive/poll.. aspx?oItemId=471.. The Sports Council for England have said that, “This increased opportunity of extra daylight after work, combined with our policy priority to get employers to do more in terms of promoting activity among their work force, could make a significant contribution towards driving up participation rates and delivering the associated health benefits that would stem from having an active and successful sporting nation.. ” Official Report: 8 June 2004; Vol.. 422, c.. 147.. Department for Transport, “A Safer Way: Consultation on Making Britain’s Roads the Safest in the World”: 2009.. In the words of Greg Lewis, Policy Manager for Communities and Society at Age Concern and Help the Aged: "We know that many older people will not go out once it is dark and having lighter evenings would mean that more older people could spend more time out of their homes if they choose to do so.. Given the significant recent rises in energy prices, reducing household energy bills is now a further consideration.. ”.. Setting Clocks Forward by One Hour Throughout the Year: A New Review of the Evidence”, Policy Studies Institute: 1993..

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  • Title: 10:10 Lighter Later | History
    Descriptive info: The Beginnings of Time.. Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) began life as a simple way for mariners to calculate their longitude, in an age when every region just set its own clocks according to whatever time local people chose.. By the mid-19th century GMT was being used to standardise time across the fast-growing British railway system, and in 1880 it was legally adopted throughout Great Britain.. Greenwich Mean Time had become the only time in town.. Then, around a hundred years ago, a prominent English builder called William Willett noticed how many of his fellow Londoners slept right through a large part of the summer day.. A keen golfer, Willett saw the opportunity to get an extra round in before sunset if the clocks could be put forward for an hour during the summer.. “While daylight surrounds us, cheerfulness reigns, anxieties press less heavily and courage is bred for the struggle of life.. ” – William Willett, 1907.. Willett (who was, incidentally, the great-great-grandfather of Coldplay’s Chris Martin) spent the rest of his life campaigning for the clocks to change so that more people could make best use of the available daylight.. Just one year after his death in 1915, Willett’s dream finally came true when Parliament passed the Summer Time Act.. The young Winston Churchill spoke in favour of the change, pointing out that, “William Willett does not propose a change from natural time to artificial time, but rather that we substitute a convenient standard of artificial time for an inconvenient one.. The Act advanced the clocks in Great Britain for one hour from 21st May until 1st October, in order to save coal for the war effort and help ease some of the hardships caused by air-raid blackouts.. People in Britain liked the new Summer Time so much that we decided to keep it, establishing the model that we're all familiar with today: GMT in the winter and GMT+1 in the summer.. World War II.. For seven years during World War II Britain set its clocks one extra hour forward throughout the year, in order to gain even more of the same benefits that the original Summer Time change had brought: increased workforce productivity, boosted morale, saved energy and reduced danger from air raids.. It worked because GMT+1 in winter and GMT+2 in summer meant most people spent more of their waking hours in the daylight.. When the war ended, however, the clocks went back to their peacetime settings.. The British Standard Time Experiment.. From 1968 to 1971 the British Government ran an experiment to see what would happen if we dropped the clock change altogether and just stuck with GMT+1 all year round.. The main result was a reduction of 3% in the number of deaths on the road – and an 8.. 6% reduction in Scotland.. But this information was never communicated to the public, partly because of initial difficulties with unpicking the effect of the recent introduction of new drink driving laws on the statistics.. All  ...   to advance the clocks by one hour throughout the year, was talked out before a decision could be made, despite a vote in the House of Commons which came down in favour of the change.. Unfortunately fewer than 100 MPs voted – not enough for the vote to count.. The 2010 Daylight Saving Bill.. Number s were not a problem at the last vote on Rebecca Harris MP s Daylight Saving Bill.. After a landslide at its first vote in December 2010, the bill was up in the house again on January 20 2011, with the backing of both the 90 plus organisations that make up the Lighter Later coalition.. and.. the UK Government itself who had stated that it wanted the bill to pass.. The Daylight Saving Bill took a slightly different approach to its predecessors, calling for a review of the evidence for and against a change to our clocks, only after which a trial of a new time setting would be conducted.. A move to a trial would be reliant on concensus across the devolved administrations of the UK.. The bill garnered more support for the issue than ever before.. Over 150 MPs attended the last debate in parliament to vote in favour, with just 10 voting against.. Even with overwhelming backing the bill was talked out by just three MPs.. The anger and frustration amongst supportive MPs and the government was palpable.. Ed Davey MP, the then minister responsible, said: The Government is clear that this is an issue which many MPs will want to return to, and in the next session of Parliament - only a few months away - it is possible that another backbencher will wish to pick up Rebecca Harris Bill.. Here comes the sun.. Over the years the evidence for the positive effects of shifting the clocks forward by an hour has mounted, with the latest academic research showing that the change could save over 80 lives and at least half a million tonnes of CO2 emissions every year.. Knock-on benefits of reduced electricity bills, improved health and a boost for the leisure and tourism sector mean that lighter evenings now have a wider range of supporters than ever.. From tourism trade bodies to road safety campaigners, and from sporting organisations to serving government ministers, a new and diverse movement for lighter evenings is growing day by day.. Meanwhile opposition to the change is melting.. Today, the old arguments about milkmen and postal workers needing early-morning sunlight to carry out deliveries look exactly like what they are – arguments from the 1970s.. The National Farmers Union, which had been a vocal critic of earlier proposals, recently announced that the reasons for farmers’ past opposition to advancing the clocks had been “lost in history”, and that they no longer mind one way or the other.. This is an idea whose time has come.. We could soon be enjoying an extra hour of evening sunshine every day.. Sign-up to Lighter Later and change time..

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  • Title: 10:10 Lighter Later | Who are we?
    Descriptive info: The Lighter Later campaign is coordinated by 10:10.. , as part of our aim to help the world rise to the challenge of climate change.. We inspire and enable individuals and organisations from across society to make ambitious carbon cuts, starting with a 10% reduction in a year.. 10:10 started in the UK in September 2009, and now has over 100,000 participants in 186 countries.. So where does Lighter Later come in?.. Voluntary carbon reductions will not solve climate change unless they are matched with ambitious government policy.. Clock change is 10:10’s first major foray into policy campaigning and we think it’s the best proof yet of our founding principle – that cutting carbon and making  ...   the right or by visiting.. 1010uk.. org.. Supporting Lighter Later.. “More daylight later in the day during the darker parts of the year would mean more people were awake for more of it, and for less darkness, so it would make better use of scarce sun-access.. ” David Mitchell (Actor/Writer/Comedian).. The link to the article can be found.. here on the Guardian website.. I strongly support the Lighter Later Campaign.. Anything that leads to an increase in physical activity and a reduction in road danger is good for health.. This campaign is a great example of the way in which aligning environmental and health outcomes increases the benefits for everyone.. Dr Harry Rutter (Consultant in Public Health)..

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  • Title: 10:10 Lighter Later | FAQ
    Descriptive info: What are you calling for?.. We want a three-year trial in which the clocks in Great Britain shift forward by one hour throughout the year – to GMT+1 in winter and GMT+2 in summer.. This model is also known as Single Double Summer Time (SDST).. Would we still change the clocks in spring and autumn?.. Yes, but everything would be an hour further forward.. Why is this a good idea?.. Because shifting an hour of daylight from the mornings to the evenings will mean that more people are awake when the sun is out.. Changing the clocks in this way would cut our carbon emissions by at least 447,000 tonnes every year, save around 80 lives on the road, create 60,000–80,000 new jobs, cut crime and give us more time for sport, barbecues and other outdoor activities.. But wouldn’t we have darker mornings?.. Yes, we would.. The one downside of shifting the clocks forward is that the sun would rise an hour later throughout the year.. But for all the reasons described on this website, an extra hour of light is more valuable in the evenings than in the mornings – not least because at present.. most of the population sleeps through the first hour of sunlight.. for much of the year.. How does changing the clocks save energy and cut carbon?.. The first reason the change would save energy and cut carbon is simple: by more closely matching the times when most of us are awake with the times that the sun is shining, we would reduce our daily need for electric lighting.. Think about a summer day: few people are awake at, say, 5am when the sun comes up, but most homes have their lights on at 9.. 30pm when the sun goes down.. The second reason that shifting the clocks would save energy and carbon is a little more complicated.. When we all use electricity at the same time this results in even more fuel consumption and carbon emissions than usual, because the least efficient power stations get fired up to meet the extra ‘peak’ in demand.. At present, the peak demand period for electricity each day – the period between 4pm to 6.. 30pm, when most of us arrive home from work, school or university – coincides with nightfall for much of the year.. So as well as switching on the kettle and the television when we get home, we're also switching all the lights on at the same time, making that peak in demand even higher than it would have been already.. By having lighter evenings we will use less electricity overall and we’ll flatten out the peaks in demand, too, saving a whole lot of energy and carbon in the process.. Experts predict carbon savings of at least 447,000 tonnes each year – and that's just in the winter, with considerable extra savings expected in the summer.. To put that figure in perspective, 447,000 tonnes of CO2 is equivalent to more than 50,000 average cars driving all the way around the earth, or 1788 plastic bags being produced for each home in the UK.. And the bit about road deaths?.. Making evenings lighter saves lives.. Because most people tend to make longer and more complicated journeys after work and school than they do at the start of their day, it’s safer for them to make afternoon and early evening journeys while it’s still light outside.. In fact, the Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents (RoSPA).. estimates.. that we’d save around 80 lives each year by making these changes.. Children between the ages of 5 and 15 and elderly people are the groups likely to benefit most from the change.. But weren’t there more road deaths when we tried changing the clocks in the 1970s?.. Quite the opposite.. During the.. British Standard Time experiment.. , road casualties dropped substantially.. It’s true that there was a slight increase in the number of deaths on the roads in the darker mornings, but these were more than offset by the much larger (and mostly unreported) decrease in deaths during the brighter afternoons and early evenings.. That’s why leading road safety experts agree that shifting the clocks forward would be a good idea.. How would this create so many new jobs?.. Leisure and tourism is the UK’s fifth  ...   extra hour of daylight in the evening are more pronounced in Scotland – and so are the disadvantages of an hour’s less light in the morning.. All told, though, Scots are particularly well placed to benefit from shifting the clocks forward, with even greater road safety improvements than in the rest of the country and just as substantial savings in energy costs.. In October 2010, a.. report.. conducted by the Policy Studies Institute concluded that "advancing the clocks would bring the Scottish people at least as great benefits as those predicted for the rest of the UK.. This finding – combined with recent Scottish polls showing fairly evenly-divided support for and against the move – adds up to an exceptionally strong case for reform.. Why hasn’t it already been implemented?.. Very good question.. Evidence that the benefits of lighter evenings would greatly outweigh the drawbacks has been available for decades, but for whatever reason there has never been a proper public campaign behind it.. That’s where we come in.. Who dreamed up this scheme in the first place?.. The idea of a shift to SDST has been around for ages, and organisations like Rospa have been campaigning for it on road safety grounds for decades.. The first comprehensive study to attempt to quantify the many social and environmental benefits of SDST was way back in 1988: “Making the most of daylight hours”, from the esteemed researcher Mayer Hillman of the.. Policy Studies Institute.. Hillman’s epic work has formed the evidence base of all discussions of this issue since, and although we had experimented with British Summer Time all year round at the end of the 1960’s, Hillman was the first to propose what the Lighter Later campaign is calling for today: GMT+1 / GMT+2.. The climate change benefits have only taken center stage more recently, following new research from Cambridge University that actually puts a – quite conservative – number on the energy and emissions savings.. 10:10 has been lobbying for Daylight Saving reform behind the scenes since before we launched in September 2009 – but we certainly can’t take all the credit.. The idea came to us not in a bolt from the blue, but in a report from our excellent friends at the.. Public Interest Research Centre.. – authors of key climate change texts over the past few years such as.. Climate Safety.. Zero Carbon Britain.. We commissioned them over the summer to put together a raft of policy proposals that could potentially cut 10% of the UK’s emissions in a single 12-month period.. Daylight Saving reform immediately leapt out as a fantastic example of the kind of creative, positive approach to climate policy that 10:10 is all about, offering a whole host of other improvements to British quality of life – but it wasn’t the only thing on their list that we think has legs.. Watch this space for more uplifting policy interventions later on this year….. Why does the day change length in the first place?.. The length of the day changes through the year because the earth spins on a tilted rather than a vertical axis.. In winter, the UK and the rest of the northern hemisphere are tilted away from the sun, so nights are long, days are short and the sun appears low in the sky.. In summer we are tilted towards the sun, so days are long, nights are short and the sun appears high in the sky.. (Of course, it works in reverse in the southern hemisphere, which tilts towards the sun during our winter and away from it during our summer.. ).. In the winter, we’re awake for more hours than there is daylight.. So shifting the clocks just means we move an hour of daylight from the mid-morning to the early evening, bringing all the benefits already discussed.. In the summer, we’d effectively gain an hour of sunlight simply because at present most of us are still asleep at when the sun rises and still awake when it sets.. So you’re telling me that there’s a quick, cheap and easy way to lower emissions, cut road deaths, help tackle obesity, create new jobs and make people happier?.. Yes.. Changing the clocks won’t solve all of our problems but we can’t think of a better way to kick things off..

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  • Title: 10:10 Lighter Later: Can David Cameron end this daylight robbery? Let's get the clocks changed with Lighter Later
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  • Title: 10:10 Lighter Later: Can David Cameron end this daylight robbery? Let's get the clocks changed with Lighter Later
    Descriptive info: The time debate ….. 26 Jan 2012.. Well, thousands of you wrote to Sir George Young over the past few days to express your anger at the way the Daylight Saving Bill was scuppered on Friday and to ask him for extra time to finish the debate in a way fitting for democracy.. It was a long shot and we certainly made ourselves heard!.. Sir George spoke in the Commons this morning and announced the business for the next two weeks ie what wil be debated in the House each day.. Unfortunately, he has not allocated any further time to the bill.. In the questions that followed, six MPs pushed him on the issue but, while he praised Rebecca Harris MP and the bill, he said he could see no way, even with extra time, that the bill could make it through the House of Lords and back to the commons within the sitting of this parliament.. Ben Bradshaw MP has branded his response disappointing and unconvincing.. We re taking advice on next steps now and will post when we have planned our next steps.. A second chance for lighter evenings?.. 24 Jan 2012.. On Friday, the Daylight Saving Bill.. was talked out by a couple of hostile MPs But, it s not over!.. There s a chance to save the bill, but we need to act fast.. We might be able to get some.. more parliamentary time.. , so the supportive majority of MPs can vote it through.. We just need to persuade a.. man named George.. to give it to us.. As.. Leader of the House.. ,.. Sir George Young.. (to give him his proper title).. decides what gets debated when.. He ll only give the bill another chance if he feels the same.. public pressure.. MPs got in the run-up to the vote.. You can probably guess where this is going!.. We ve rejigged our infamous MP lobbying tool, and you can now write directly to Sir George Young, cc-ing in your MP.. We don t know exactly when he ll make a decision but it could be as soon as tomorrow, so there s no time to waste.. Click here to ask Sir George for more parliamentary time NOW!.. Even people who don t support the bill were appalled by the undemocratic tactics employed by a.. tiny minority.. in the Commons on Friday, and the 140-or-so MPs who rescheduled important constituency meetings to support the bill are furious.. In fact, there s a strong sense in Westminster that Friday s events could mark.. the beginning of the end.. for the current Private Members Bill system.. This comment from Exeter MP.. Ben Bradshaw.. sums up the feeling pretty well:.. No Private Member s Bill in memory has enjoyed such strong all-party support and if this one can t be given the chance of getting onto the statute book we might as well scrap the whole system of Private Members Bills.. There ll be a time to decide whether we want to go down that road, but right now the clock is ticking.. Together we can persuade Sir George to do the right thing, but.. we need to get serious numbers behind this.. We don t want to get your hopes up too much –.. this is a long shot.. , no question.. But if we pull it off, we ll have saved the bill.. shown Friday s timewasters that they can t put us off so easily.. And if that s not worth a try, I don t know what is.. Let s do it!.. P.. S.. Massive, heartfelt thanks to everyone who s been in touch with messages of support and encouragement over the weekend.. As ever, we re humbled and inspired by your generosity and enthusiasm.. We ll do our best to reply to everyone, but please forgive us if it takes a few days – we re working through the backlog as fast as we can.. Sometimes things don’t go your way.. 20 Jan 2012.. Today was one of those days.. About an hour ago the Daylight Saving Bill failed to pass its Third Reading in the House of Commons.. The problem wasn t a lack of support.. Even with over 120 supportive MPs in the Commons, the support of 90 national organisations, the UK government and strong public opinion polls, a couple of hostile MPs were able to run down the clock with a series of  ...   interesting evidence that encourages kids to do activities like sport.. Filibusters = lame politics.. — Cllr Alex Bigham (@alexbigham).. The time is almost upon us ….. 18 Jan 2012.. There are just a few days left before the big vote in parliament.. And before we dive into whatever last-minute chaos the next 48 hours brings, we just wanted to say thank to everyone who has supported us so far.. On Friday MPs will decide the fate of the Daylight Saving Bill.. If they vote the right way, it ll be the latest (and greatest) in a long line of victories powered by the Lighter Later community.. Their amazing lobbying efforts mean it s all to play for, but we re not there yet.. All around the country, the light-loving organisations of.. the coalition.. are beavering away, rallying their members and.. adding their unique expertise to local debates.. In our offices in London and Edinburgh, meanwhile, we re hammering the phones every day: wooing the waverers, talking to the media and charming MPs diary secretaries.. We’ve crunched the numbers and we’re very close to securing the 102 MPs that we need to win the crucial vote this Friday.. It s going to go right down to the wire.. One last push from you could get your MP in the chamber (they may well hav confirmed already!) for the all-important vote.. Why not head over to our.. easy-peasy lobbying tool.. and check where your MP stands on this.. Or you can.. tweet your MP.. lots of MPs are on twitter and it s a great quick and direct way to get in touch.. Already contacted your MP in the last week? As long as you re polite there s nothing wrong with a friendly follow-up, even if it s just to see which way your MP is currently leaning, and whether any specific issues are standing in the way of a yes vote.. We know this approach works.. Thanks to your efforts, scores of MPs have rescheduled appointments to be in parliament on the day, and are lobbying colleagues to do the same.. This is our moment.. All those email, tweets, calls and column inches; all that energy and passion have been building up to this point.. Keeping everything crossed for Friday!.. Northern counties call for clock change.. 09 Jan 2012.. Sunset on the Northumberland coast.. If you live in Northumberland, Cumbria or Yorkshire you may have heard Lighter Later on your radio this morning or seen us in.. your local press.. A whole host of organisations form the north of england have come out on the side of clock change today calling on their local MPs back the daylight saving bill and vote for a review.. Anne MacIntosh, a Yorkshire MP, recently claimed clock change would be bad for northern counties but she seems to be in a minority.. There s huge support all across the nation political, public AND civic.. Mike Pratt, Chief Executive of the Northumberland Wildlife Trust, sees health and wellbeing benefits - “Daylight is a wonderful natural resource so why deprive ourselves of it un-necessarily? More daylight in the UK will give people the opportunity to spend more time enjoying the great outdoors and experiencing the joys of wildlife.. Windermere Lake Cruises is England s fourth most popular visitor attraction and employs 150 local people.. Chief Executive Nigel Wilkinson sees huge economic benefits In these times of financial constraints, from our businesses perspective, no other zero-cost change would bring as much economic benefit as a change to daylight saving.. Rt Hon Greg Knight, MP for East Yorkshire, believes we should all be embracing change - I am both a supporter and a sponsor of this excellent bill.. Changing our clocks for lighter evenings would give a great boost to English tourist areas, like the East Riding.. At a time of economic uncertainty, we should be embracing a change which will make the East coast more attractive to visitors.. And Paul Blomfield, MP for Sheffield Central, is the latest northern MP to commit to voting on 20 January.. I’ll be voting for the Daylight Saving Bill on January 20 because making evenings lighter will improve road safety and save lives.. More afternoon and evening journeys will take place in the light which will prevent accidents said Paul.. Is your MP going to be there to vote the Daylight Saving Bill through?.. Head to our easy-peasy lobbying tool to find out….. Newer blogs..

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