European Daylight Saving Time, perhaps the last time

If you live in Europe, you will luckily get an extra hour of sleep on the night of October 24th. In the early morning of October 25, the clock was set back by one hour. In European countries except Iceland, the last Sunday of October every year will switch from summer time to winter time, but it is very likely that next year At this time, Europe no longer needs to change the season, that is to say, this year is likely to be the last time summer time in Europe changes to winter time.

In Europe, the seasonal change has been in progress for nearly 40 years. Before the arrival of the two seasonal change days every year, various media will remind the public long in advance and tirelessly remind the public not to forget to adjust all the timing tools at home. You need to make an appointment in advance for everything. In Europe, it will be embarrassing if you forget the time system change. A European friend once shared with me a little story of his own blood and tears, “Because of the hateful seasonal change, I lost the opportunity to enter the ideal company. Also benefited from the seasonal change, last year I had a veritable April Fool’s Day. “It turns out that the transition from winter time to daylight saving time in 2019 was on March 31. Unfortunately, this little European partner turned a blind eye to the very important last interview and forgot to adjust the time of the small alarm clock beside the bed. . “The phone’s time will be automatically changed, but the small alarm clock needs to be adjusted manually. The horrible thing is that I forgot.” As a result, she was 20 minutes late and was rejected for the exam, missing her ideal position. In the first two interviews, she was ranked first. Every year, various errors caused by the change of time system are numerous.

A public survey conducted by the European Commission in August 2018 showed that 4.6 million people from 28 EU member states (the UK was also in the EU at the time) participated in the survey, and 84% wanted to cancel the time system conversion. Scientists in Europe have found that many studies have shown that time system conversion can disrupt the body’s biological clock, causing an increase in the probability of cardiovascular disease or immune system disease. In addition, on the first working day after the change of winter time to summer time each year, because people have lost one hour of sleep and the biological clock has not yet been adjusted, the morning peak traffic accident will be 30% higher than usual. At the beginning, the time system conversion was implemented to reduce lighting power consumption and make full use of natural light resources. However, the power grids of European countries are now sufficient, and the power grids at night are very idle. There is no practical significance to adopting the time system conversion.

The European Parliament voted in December last year to cancel the winter time and summer time conversion system, which is scheduled to be implemented in April 2021. However, after the EU abolished the time system conversion, it also left a voluntary action for each member state-to decide whether to implement summer time or winter time. Portugal, Cyprus, and Poland tend to maintain daylight saving time, while Germany, Denmark, and the Netherlands prefer to maintain winter time. Belgium, Luxembourg and other countries have stated that they will hold a referendum on whether to implement summer time or winter time. In other words, in the next year, if the EU does not introduce a new policy of uniform time, it is likely that the time of neighboring countries in the same time zone will be inconsistent, causing huge confusion.

Since the transition of the time system has been implemented for a long time in Europe, many people regard it as a ritual thing in their lives and refuse to discard it. A few days ago, I chatted with my friend about the change of time system. His 10-year-old son told me that if the time system conversion was cancelled, he would be very sad because he likes to go to the church near his home to watch the staff adjust the room. The big clock on top. In many European countries, whether in a city block or a rural town, there will be a majestic church with an old clock on top. The staff usually adjust the time during the day before the time system is changed. Some churches will also take this opportunity to open to the public to explain the structure of the huge clock to the public while adjusting the time.

Brock, who is in charge of clock maintenance, works in the 900-year-old Windsor Castle in the United Kingdom. The biannual time system conversion is always his busiest moment. The castle houses more than 400 British royal clocks and completes them every time. Time adjustment takes 16 hours, and in his opinion, the time system conversion is also a precious moment for him to communicate with all the clocks at the same time.