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Campaign for later light

29 September 2010

Bristol graduate Jon Athawes (BA 1981) is helping to lead the Lighter Later campaign to move UK clocks forward one hour from their current summer and winter positions.

Jon said: ‘It will create a better match between daylight hours and typical waking hours, giving us lighter evenings all year round. At a stroke, and at effectively no cost, this will: save lives on our roads; encourage people to lead healthier lifestyles; reduce crime and the fear of crime; reduce fuel consumption and carbon emissions; and boost UK business.’

The campaign is being supported by a number of high profile charities, groups and businesses including: The Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents, Greenpeace, Sustrans and Travelodge. It is already attracting extensive media coverage and Jon expects this to increase in the run-up to the clocks going back at the end of October. It will be the subject of a Private Member's Bill in the House of Commons on 3 December.

The Lighter Later campaign is being coordinated by 10:10, a project to unite every sector of British society behind one simple idea: that by working together we can achieve a 10 per cent cut in the UK’s carbon emissions in 2010.