Last night we all gained an extra hour of sleep here in the US, which is definitely a great thing for most people, but we also have to deal with the fact that this new hour will be taken away once again in the spring. The change in time is due to the end of the much maligned use of daylight saving time. Daylight saving time is a practice of turning the clocks forward in the spring and back to normal in the fall, this process is used to basically take advantage of extended evening daylight during the summer. In the past, when this practice first began, it was beneficial for energy conservation and for the economy overall, but now, with all of today’s technological advancements, the practice is somewhat archaic. I personally don’t mind daylight saving time, I guess it is due to the fact that I have observed it my entire life, but it just seems to be a non issue to me in general. Many opponents of DST cite the adverse effects it has on human sleep patterns and in turn the human body, but I truly don’t believe a one hour shift will yield such drastic results in my physical health. I am sure that debates will arise, and arguments will be made, but unless somebody conducts a study that shows some sort of negative effect DST has on the money of major corporations, this practice will be here to stay for years to come.
Today is Earth Day, a day in which people try and do their best to fix what human industrialization has done to the earth. Earth Day was created as a way to shine a light on the problems plaguing the planet, as well as to look at ways we can improve how we interact with the Earth. I am all for the idea that we can implement small changes to make the world a better place, I am especially interested in changes we can make to help the people of the world live safer lives. I am not a huge environmentalist, but I love nature and I love animals, anything that can preserve the way I see nature for future generations is acceptable as long as it doesn’t harm the people of today. Our planet is important, but if there are no people on it to enjoy it, all of the environmental initiatives enacted today will be for nothing. I would like to see more international clean water programs created, in order for people in third world countries to gain access to this much needed resource. If we can start a new “clean energy” revolution in less developed counties, we may actually be able to completely do away with the issues man has likely caused on this planet. I hope the citizens of this planet use the next decade to not only improve our interactions with the planet, but also to make Earth a safer, more inhabitable place for all.