Information About Daylight Savings

Lauren Falardeau, Dedicated writer

Why do we have Daylight Savings?

It’s time for Daylight Savings Time!  On Sunday, March 8th at 2:00 am, Daylight Savings Time (DST) started again, and clocks were moved ahead one hour.

Seven out of 10 Americans complain about this day because they lose an hour of sleep for setting their clocks forward. However, this day does have a purpose.  Daylight saving was created about 100 years ago and originally intended to preserve coal during World War One. The goal of Daylight Savings clock changes is to help the community make better use of the sunlight and to lessen the use of energy.  Daylight Savings ends in the Fall when people set clocks back an hour.  Because the days get longer or shorter in different seasons for different areas, many places, including areas in Europe, follow Daylight Savings. This allows people to have daylight in parts of the day that we usually use more energy.  For example, moving an hour of sunlight to the evening instead of the morning keeps people from turning on as many lights, which saves electricity.

Is Daylight savings necessary?  The Debate

Yes!

This is an example of an hour of daylight being moved to the end of the day.

Daylight Savings (DST) is a day that happens throughout the U.S., except for Arizona and Hawaii. Most people report that they enjoy longer evenings and brighter mornings, some are fans of Daylight Savings. Others like it because it reduces the use of artificial light. However, like the website “Time and Date” states, “This makes less sense close to the equator where the amount of daylight does not vary much in a year.”

Research shows that Daylight Savings also can help with road safety. Having more light on the roads in the dark if you work late or early, can come in handy. Studies have found that DST helps by reducing pedestrian fatalities up to 13% during dawn and dusk hours.

 No!

This shows a picture of how your body clock/rhythm works.

True, Daylight Savings had a big purpose of conserving energy. However, after scientists sent out a survey, they discovered that 45% of people in the U.S. think it is useless. These people argue that it is just making them use more energy in the afternoon. Others think that we now use a lot more energy due to computers, TVs, and other technologies, and it doesn’t matter if the sun is up.  According to FastCompany.com, “Now a petition is circulating that looks to abolish DST nationwide, and it already has 165,000 people who have signed it…”  Scientists have also found that changing our clocks, even by just one hour, can disrupt our body clocks or circadian rhythm.  A circadian rhythm is like your body’s internal clock. It involves different molecules and proteins interacting with cells in our body. For example, sleeping at night and being awake during the day is what most bodies most benefit from. When this clock is set off, even by an hour, it can cause tiredness and loss of awareness. For students, it can make it harder to learn.

 Sixth grade student at Westlake, Jericho Bondi, states “I do not believe Daylight Savings is necessary. It causes it to be darker in the afternoon, and with after school activities, that will be beneficial to us.”  In addition to Arizona and Hawaii, states such as Oregon and California are considering stopping DST.

There are many pros to DST, but are they really enough to be worth it?

Are you for or against changing our clocks twice a year for Daylight Savings Time?

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THOUGHTS FROM A FEW WESTLAKE STAFF MEMBERS

It’s kinda weird and I don’t totally understand why we do it, but it is worth it to me to lose an hour for that one weekend where I gain an extra hour 🙂   

-Mr. Novotny, Assistant Principal

Daylight Saving Time’s purpose and history is misunderstood. If you want to learn more, come see me in room C126!

-Mrs. Mawhir, Social Studies

I HATE it! We should just stay the same time. Our forefathers did, and they survived.

-Mrs. Crandall, Learning Specialist

I like more daylight in the evening! As a hot air pilot, we fly at dawn, when there is no wind. Without D.S.T., we would be flying at 4:30 in the morning instead of 5:30.

-Mr. Austin, Counselor