ABOUT

Save Standard Time is a nonprofit, nonpartisan, donor-funded, volunteer-run effort to preserve and extend the observation of geographically appropriate Standard Time.

Mission

Presenting concerns of scientists and advocates for public well-being, Save Standard Time works to raise awareness, inform journalists, and persuade lawmakers to recognize the history and overwhelming body of evidence for maintaining Standard Time in winter months, and for ending clock changes with permanent Standard Time. Unlike Daylight Saving Time (DST), Standard Time is objectively defined from nature, and it provides the greatest benefit to public health, public safety, scholastic potential, individual prosperity, civil liberty, and the environment.

Founding

Photograph of Jay Pea, Founder
Jay Pea, Founder

Save Standard Time’s operations are largely administered by its founder, in consultation with allies across North America. Work is volunteered and funds are donated, primarily by its founder. Save Standard Time’s focus is the United States and Canada, with support provided to other nations as time and funds permit. Save Standard Time was founded in June of 2019 by Jay Pea, a resident of San Francisco, who originally hails from rural Iowa (LinkedIn).

Jay is not a professional lobbyist. He is a software engineer, amateur astronomer, and enthusiast for circadian health. As a young child, his great-grandfather (a farmer) taught him to tell time from the sun. Jay has personally observed permanent Standard Time in a modest act of civil disobedience since the age of ten.

In 2019, he was shocked to see a sudden push for permanent DST, minimal analyses from legislative aides, lawmakers ignoring circadian scientists and children’s advocates, news media confusing the facts, and DST proponents limiting discussions to either status quo or permanent DST. Perhaps this should have been expected, considering DST’s backing by billion-dollar lobbyists for Big Oil, Big Golf, and Big Candy.

Buoyed by the knowledge that history and science support Standard Time, Jay began to gather sources, compile concerns, consolidate policy endorsements, and take action. Quickly these efforts evolved into Save Standard Time.

Vision

Save Standard Time seeks to expand advocacy efforts for healthier and safer Standard Time, to replace bills for permanent DST with bills for permanent Standard Time, and to restore permanent Standard Time across North America.

Save Standard Time recognizes that some who support Standard Time in winter might also enjoy DST in summer. While such preference is very much appreciated, it is not supported by data as best for public health, and the overwhelming public opinion is to eliminate clock changes. For the good of the public well-being, we must ensure the clock we keep is permanent Standard Time.

Formal incorporation as a registered nonprofit is currently underway, with updates to be announced very soon. If you have suggestions for (or would like to volunteer as) a board member, please email info@SaveStandardTime.com. For those interested in financial contribution, donations can be placed online.

Thank you for your interest in and support of Standard Time! We wish you bright, healthy days and dark, restful nights.

Media Appearances

Barcelona Time Use InitiativeTime Use Week: The European Dilemma on Switching to Permanent Standard TimeYouTube

Time Use Week 2020 is intended as a meeting space for multi-disciplinary debate, where experts in research, organisations, business, and institutions can construct a global discourse on time policies which bring greater citizen well-being… It will have the participation of Tícia Luengo, co-founder of the International Alliance for Natural Time, Jay Pea, founder of the Save Standard Time association (USA), Javier Albares, medical manager of the sleep unity by the Teknon Clinic, and the chronobiologist Maria de los Ángeles Rol de Lama.

PDFHammill, RoxieChanging Clocks Is Bad for Your Health, but Which Time to Choose?NBC News

Jay Pea, a freelance software engineer in San Francisco, was unhappy enough about California’s proposed permanent Daylight Time that he started the Save Standard Time website to promote the health arguments for keeping it permanent. He said he doesn’t think the scientific community is being heard. “Essentially it’s like science denial,” he said. “It’s bizarre to me that politicians are not hearing the experts on this.” Pea understands the human need to have the sun directly overhead at noon. “It’s a wonderful connection to natural reality that unfortunately is lost on many people,” he said. Daylight Saving Time “distances us from the natural world.” At the very least, lawmakers ought to consider history, he said. Daylight Saving Time was originally a plan to save energy during the two world wars but wasn’t popular enough to be uniformly embraced after the conflicts were over. In 1974, the federal government decided to make it temporarily year-round as a way to deal with the energy crisis (although energy savings were later found to be underwhelming). Its popularity fell off a cliff after the first winter, when people discovered the sun didn’t rise until 8am or later and parents worried for the safety of kids waiting in the dark for school buses.

PDFLonghi & LiEurope Is on Their Way of Scrapping Seasonal Time ChangeDanish School of Media & Journalism

Jay Pea, the founder of Save Standard Time, leads a campaign in raising the awareness of the general public of the importance of having permanent standard time also called winter time. He thinks that permanent winter time has far more advantages over permanent summer time. “Data and history show permanent Standard Time is the best clock for public health, public safety, scholastic potential, workplace productivity, individual wages, energy usage, environmental preservation, and religious freedom.” With circadian-health experts’ and children advocates’ scientific evidence on health, he suggested that seasonal time change causes acute harms while permanent summer time causes chronic harms. Regarding public health, shifting the clock an hour forward poses lethal threats to human health. On the Mondays after changing to DST, not only does it decrease productivity due to the night being shortened by an hour, it is also recorded with more stroke and heart attack incidents. Even the shift to summer is permanent, harms can still be observed upon sleep quality disruption. Through moving the social clock forward by an hour, it disrupts the biological clock which is tuned to the sunrise and sunset time, thus leading to worse sleeping quality. Research shows that it also resulted in an average loss of 19 minutes of sleep per night. “Permanent Standard Time provides the most benefit to individuals and society.” Pea believed that permanent winter time is the correct move to make, as most countries worldwide are adopting it.

PDFShankar, NishaKhanna on CampusThe Santa Clara

One of the audience members was Jay Pea, who created the Save Standard Time website in order to promote health arguments for restoring permanent Standard Time. The Sunshine Protection Act is a bill that would put permanent Daylight Saving Time into effect. Pea asked Congressman Khanna about the act and if he would support the Sunshine Protection Act of which Khanna is currently a sponsor or if he would oppose it and consider a new bill for permanent Standard Time. “I was very pleased to hear him say that he is interested in science,” Pea said.

PDFSleep Better StaffCalifornia Group Fights to Save Standard TimeSleep Better

Save Standard Time says moving to permanent Daylight Saving Time would be disastrous. On their website the group lists 10 concerns with the proposals. Save Standard Time’s first preference is to restore full-year Standard Time (eliminating DST), and failing that, to keep things the way they are. Among its concerns are: Keeping Daylight Saving Time would mean that during 19 weeks in the winter, the sun wouldn’t rise until after 8am, meaning adults driving to work and children waiting at bus stops would be doing so in the dark. In addition to increased traffic accidents, waking before sunrise increases risks of heart disease, stroke, diabetes, and depression. Year-round Daylight Saving Time is actually forbidden by federal law. As a result, sticking with DST would require the US Congress to approve. Keeping Standard Time would not. Keeping Daylight Saving Time (and thus shifting the hottest part of the day by one hour) results in increased need for electricity because of higher air conditioning use.