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Daylight Savings Time – Petitions challenging it

The world has lived with Daylight Saving Time practice for many years. It is greatly felt in the United States of America and other nations that experience the four rotational climatic conditions. So, what is Daylight Saving Time? It is a practice of adjusting clocks at certain times in different countries. It is particularly done in summer where longer evening daylight is achieved thanks to Daylight Saving Time. Normal timelines are hence sacrificed due to the adjustment. Normally, clocks are adjusted by one hour before spring. Readjustment of the same is done in autumn.

So, why Daylight Saving Time? What are the benefits and demerits of doing it? It is not easy to have uniform answers to the above questions since many people do not agree. In America for instance people are torn along different lines on the same. The issue has both supporters and those who dispute it. Most experts have it that proponents and those against it all have some facts that can be verified. To back up the controversy, there are already petitions challenging the practice. Findings have been brought forward to support it.

Notable though is that tropical nations are mostly the ones that use Daylight Saving Time. Continents like Africa that are at close proximity to the equator seldom experience climatic conditions that would necessitate the use of Daylight Saving Time. Supporters of the practice hail it for increasing time for leisure. They claim that this has positive effects on health. The claims further have it that crime rates are reduced with energy being saved. Several bases have however been used by others to challenge this.

Those opposing the practice have it that it actually contributes to lose of energy. They claim that it leads to increased consumption of fuel by motor vehicles. Opponents of Daylight Saving Time actually suggest that there is more energy wastage than saving occasioned by the same. On the economic front, they suggest that much as sellers of goods and services benefit from the extra hour, there are costs incurred in running operations for the extra hour.

The effects of Daylight Saving Time on health are arguably the most debatable one on social spheres. From the onset, it is good to note that an extra hour can be used for leisure which is good for human health. It is however notable that those opposing the practice think that there are more negative effects on health than there are positives. Heart attack among people is one of the side effects that they cite. Disruption of sleeping time has also been noted as having small but significant negative effects on the health of a person. It therefore remains to be seen if petitioners against the practice will have their way in having it terminated.

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