Lighter Later Update

Issue 262
September/October 2010
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Cover: Small Yellow Bird by Craigie Aitchinson. Courtesy: Bridgeman Art Library

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UK MP backs a parliamentary bill for lighter evenings.

As reported previously in Resurgence, the organisation 10:10 are campaigning to move Britain's clocks forward a further one hour throughout the year, so that we can brighten up our lives with an average of 55 minutes extra light each day. Research has shown that this move could 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.

Everybody loves sunshine, but 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. Now, after months of campaigning Rebecca Harris MP has put forward a Bill to change our clocks so that we get an extra hour of light in the evenings. The Bill is scheduled to go before parliament in December.

Rebecca, who is a new Member of Parliament came fourth in a Private Members Bill ballot, and so has the opportunity to introduce a Bill of her choice. After thinking long and hard about this opportunity, she decided to back the 10:10 Lighter Later initiative. This will require the government to properly evaluate the benefits of this scheme and will force the government to implement the time change if a full review of the evidence confirms the benefits.

However, similar Bills have tried and failed before, so if you feel that this is an idea whose time has come, then it is imperative that you lobby your local MP about this so that they all know about the campaign and attend parliament when the Bill is being read.

For more details on how to join the campaign visit: www.lighterlater.org

Lorna Howarth is Development Director at Artists Project Earth. www.apeuk.org

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