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Why the clocks go forward

You will have noticed (we hope) that the clocks went forward by one hour on Sunday, March 29th. But why do we change the time back and forward an hour every year?

This process is known as Daylight Saving Time, or DST for short, and was invented by Benjamin Franklin.

The original idea was to change the time so that people could make use of the extra light in the evening and wouldn't have to waste money and energy by keeping lights on. However, this practice didn’t catch on in every country.

Germany only introduced DST in 1916 during World War I. They did so to save the fuel that would have been used in burning lamps. In fact, America did the same thing, but ended up getting rid of DST after World War I and only brought it back during World War II, calling it ‘War time’.

DST has continued in many parts of the world, but do we still need it?

Well, some research has shown that a brighter evening leads to less road-traffic accidents and more people getting exercise.

However, other research has shown that it creates more traffic and work accidents in the morning (which is now darker for longer) after the clocks go forward.

With everyone losing out on an hours’ worth of sleep, it apparently takes a whole week to recover from it!

Whether you like DST or not, a recent vote in the European Union showed that, out of 4.6 million people, 84% wanted to get rid of DST. What do you think? Keep or ditch? Vote below:

Questions

1. Who invented DST?

2. What is the main reason behind DST?

3. Why did the Germans introduce DST?

4. Name two advantages and two disadvantages to DST. 

5. Daylight Saving Time -- Yes or No?

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