Daylight Saving Time is one of those things that many of us take for granted. It’s just a fact of life. However, it’s important to remember that it’s a totally artificial system that most countries have chosen to adopt, and in the relatively recent past too (German was the first onboard, in 1916). Now, the European Union is considering rolling things back with a new poll put out to EU citizens to determine whether the 28 European countries that observe DST will continue to do so. The poll runs through August 16, at which point the European Parliament will make a decision.
So, why after just over a century of Daylight Saving Time in some capacity or another is this being debated now? Well, it starts with Finland. The northern European country was able to gather over 70,000 signatures from citizens criticizing the practice and asking for it to be reconsidered. This was enough to get the ball rolling and here we are. Actual research varies on whether or not DST has any real negative effects, but this is likely less a debate about actual science and more a question of people’s personal preferences.
Stay tuned, we’ll keep you updated as this situation develops.