[diggers350] lighter later campaign

Dan Olner d.olner07 at leeds.ac.uk
Fri Apr 2 09:25:34 BST 2010

"If the daylight doesn't work well for ypu at the mpment , then just get up earlier."

Except that most people can't just adjust their working time in the way you suggest. You might not like that, but it's the reality for the vast majority of people in the UK. If you are able to shift your own life rhythms around, then that's great - but you're a tiny, lucky minority.

So, e.g. the carbon savings that can come from optimising the "position of sun/what it says on my clock" relationship are very real.

From: diggers350 at yahoogroups.com [diggers350 at yahoogroups.com] On Behalf Of Simon Fairlie [chapter7 at tlio.org.uk]
Sent: 02 April 2010 00:00
To: Andrew Pratt
Cc: diggers350 at yahoogroups.com
Subject: Re: [diggers350] lighter later campaign

This campaign is ridiculous and is based on an erroneous post-modern assumption that time is a human construction and adjustable, This is not so. Midday is when the sun reaches the apex of  its journey around our sky  and it occurs at a certain moment of the day in every place in the world. It makes sense to approxiate this to the nearest hour, which in our case is  Greenwch Meantime. It doesn;t make any sense at all to tinker with that and say that midday by the clock is 11 o clock by the sun, it just causes confusion.

For exam[le France, whose nearest hourly approximate is Greenwich meantime is aready one hour ahead of what it shpuld be, whioch means that it is (newraly)  two hours ahead when it goes over to summer time. The result is that vine workers in the Sout hof France go out to wotrk at 8 am clock time (which by the sun is 6 am) and finissh the morning's work at "midday" which is in fact 10 am by the sun. They then have lunch, and a siesta for two hours (in order to avpid the worst of the heat)  and go out to work in the afternoon at 2 pm  by the clock, which by the sun is midday the hottest part of the day. I did this for 10 years and belive me,  its  completey insane.

Tinkering with the clocks is a way of marginalizing people's relationship with the sun.  If the daylight doesn't work well for ypu at the mpment , then just get up earlier, don't try and pretend that you can alter the rhythm of of the sun.
This email was sent atmidnoght, which seems a bit late, but thankfully  it's on;y 11 pm.



Simon Fairlie
Monkton Wyld Court
01297 561359
chapter7 at tlio.org.uk<mailto:chapter7 at tlio.org.uk>

On 30 Mar 2010, at 13:58, Andrew Pratt wrote:

Please let people know about this campaign to switch the clocks forward to get more people outside, save carbon emissions etc - the way we currently live I think it makes sense


With thanks Andrew Pratt 07980 602088

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