Daylight Savings is Here! Are You Ready to Spring Forward?
You’ve probably experienced it– waking up one spring morning to find your alarm clock is an hour behind, even though you’re positive that you set it to the right time. So what gives? The answer lies in an idea proposed by entomologist George Hudson one-hundred-and-twenty years ago.
Daylight saving is the the practice of advancing clocks during summer months by one hour so that evening daylight lasts an hour longer. There is much speculation as to why we do this. In the United States, we adjust the clock an hour backward in autumn, and an hour forward in spring. You know the catchphrase “fall back, spring forward!” Although controversial in its necessity, over seventy countries use some form of daylight savings.
There are many benefits and drawbacks to daylight savings time (DST). Most notable reasons are are tied to the environment, and the economy– two centuries old arch-rivals. Early DST advocates fought to reduce the use of incandescent lighting by utilizing natural sunlight to the fullest extent. This benefitted both the environment through energy conservation, and was economical, as it cut down electricity bills. A century later, and we’re still debating whether to adjust our clocks.
Simply, daylight savings time means the days are getting longer, the nights are getting warmer, the world is getting greener … and for us this means it’s time to get out and explore! Summer is just around the corner…read these quick tips to make sure you are following the principals of Leave No Trace and share a photo of your outdoor explorations.
…And do you know any states that do not participate in daylight savings? Here are additional fun facts to share with your kids. Eight Things You Might Not Know About Daylight Saving Time.