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Issue 261
July/August 2010
Sustaining Life

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Lighter Later

Cutting Carbon by extending daylight hours.

Everybody loves sunshine but, according to climate change campaigners 10:10, we currently set our clocks so that we get less sun in our lives than we could. For large parts of the year, most of us sleep through hours of sunlight in the mornings and then use expensive and fossil-fuel-based lighting to keep out the dark nights.

By moving Britain’s clocks forward a further one hour throughout the year, we could brighten up our lives with an average of 55 minutes of extra light each day. Research shows that this would cut around half a million tonnes of CO2 emissions every year, save lives on our roads and give a boost to sport, leisure and domestic tourism.

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Lorna Howarth is Development Director at Artists Project Earth.