Dieser Internetauftritt ist Teil der internationalen Bewegung für einen sinnvollen Umgang mit der Uhrzeit: INTERNATIONAL ALLIANCE FOR NATURAL TIME (IANT). Auf der Basis der aktuellen naturwissenschaftlichen und medizinischen Erkenntnisse stehen gesundheitliche Aspekte bei der Wahl einer geeigneten Amtszeit in allen Teilen der Welt, insbesondere für die europäischen Länder, im Fokus unserer Bemühungen.
Wir befürworten, dass die Uhren das ganze Jahr über auf die für jeden Staat nachhaltige Ortszeit eingestellt werden. Die Anwendung eine geographisch nicht ortsangepassten Amtszeit in der bisherigen Historie und aktuelle wissenschaftliche Belege zeigen, dass dies die besten Bedingungen für öffentliche Gesundheit, Sicherheit, Bildung, Arbeit, Wirtschaft, Umwelt, bürgerliche Freiheiten und Menschenrechte gewährleistet.
PRESS RELEASE – October 21, 2020 – EUROPE & NORTH AMERICA
Natural Time: An Easy, Inexpensive, and Necessary Step Toward a Healthier Society
European and North American NGOs and advocates for healthy time-use have joined to form the International Alliance for Natural Time. Backed by renowned scientists and experts in the fields of chronobiology, neuroscience, economic science, and social science, the Alliance emphasizes natural time for health, safety, education, economy, and environment. They urge governments on both continents to restore permanent, sun-based time zones as soon as possible, preferably before March of 2021.
Wrongly set clocks continually force the population to wake before sunrise, leading to structural sleep deprivation and disruption to biological clocks. The circadian system directs all bodily processes, and it takes cue from local sunlight—not by clocks on phones. To ignore this reality affects quality of sleep, mental and physical health, performance at work, school, and on the road, and economy at large.
Sleep deprivation has been calculated to cost at least 1% of annual gross domestic product (more than $200 billion in the US, and over €165 billion in the Eurozone. Furthermore, artificially advanced clocks increase demand both for morning heat and evening air conditioning, which increases energy costs, waste, and pollution.
Social Clocks vs Natural Time
In too many nations, people suffer misalignment between social clock and natural time. Most of Europe and North America set clocks an hour ahead of their naturally appropriate time zone each spring for daylight saving time (DST). Also, most of Western Europe (Benelux, France, and Spain) have observed Central European time since World War II, adding another hour of misalignment.
From every relevant field, expert consensus is clear: clocks should permanently reflect the most geographically appropriate, sun-based time zone. For Germany it is Central European Time (UTC+1); for Benelux, France, Spain, and the United Kingdom it is Western European Time (UTC); for Portugal, Ireland, and Iceland it is Azores Time (UTC-1). In North America, each state and province should restore its permanent standard time (the only path permitted by the 1966 Uniform Time Act).
For Health and Economy
The Alliance is providing citizens and politicians with reliable information about the importance—especially amid COVID—of returning permanently to solar-based time zones. They ask European national authorities and state/provincial and federal governments of North America to acknowledge the evidence and restore natural time zones, before the next scheduled clock change in March of 2021.
Experts have repeatedly spoken against Daylight Saving Time (DST) and seasonal clock shifts.
For more information on the participating organisations please visit our website: http://naturaltimealliance.org