Laura Sandys press release
A message on the shortest day of the year!
How about brightening up your winter! I am calling for the Government to shift the clocks in winter one hour forward. While this has always been seen as a trivial issue statistics show it to be something that we should campaign for particularly over the dark Christmas evenings (that start at 4.00!)…
The case for Lighter Evenings is compelling:
° An annual reduction of up to 450 deaths and major injuries caused by road accidents. (RoSPA 2007).
° Energy Saving of up to 2% reduction in peak time electricity usage leading to a reduction in carbon emission of up to 1.2 million tonnes per annum. (Cambridge University 2008).
° Tourism earnings increased by £2.5b - £3.5b per annum resulting in 60,000 – 80,000 new jobs.(* Policy Studies Institute October 2008)
° Lighter evenings providing increased opportunity for outdoor activity and exercise to assist in the battle against childhood obesity.
° The elderly feel more vulnerable in hours of darkness with a consequent reduction in their effort to engage in activity outside their homes.
° Commerce will benefit from more light for late afternoon shopping.
I believe that it is miserable in winter evenings – don’t you? Why not call for a change!