Julia Horeftari for Art-Sheep
Greetings, my brave reader.
The day when the fans of sleep will be deprived of one whole hour of their snoozing in Morpheus’ arms is nigh. Tomorrow, 29.03.2015 and at 3am clocks go one hour ahead worldwide. Summer is just around the bend!
But do you know why there’s a time change at all? Surely, it’s not so that we start feeling warm inside due to the arrival of the sunniest of seasons? Nope. Nope, that’s not the reason. The reason is energy. It’s been observed that during the 7 months of the spring and summer solstices we save up to 210 hours of electric energy, because we take advantage of the natural light coming from our star, the Sun.
Benjamin Franklin was the first to propose in 1784 that there should be a change in time twice a year because saving energy means saving money. Of course…
So, millions of people around the world are now obliged to adjust their clocks twice a year if they don’t want to be late for work. Once in October and then again in March, both times the last Sunday of these two months.
The adjustment of the clocks into “winter” and “summer” time was first applied during WWI in Australia, Germany, Great Britain and U.S.A. More countries followed after the crisis in energy in 1973. Today, 70 countries follow the rule, hoping for more energy and more money.
Does it really matter, though, my brave reader? After all, wasn’t there someone who said something about time and relativity and then became one of the most important figures in human history?…