Forget Earth Hour, Celebrate Human Achievement

By Justin C, ILCD

This week CEI announced the creation of Human Achievement Hour (HAH) to be celebrated at 8:30pm on March 28th 2009 (the same time and date of Earth Hour).

Excerpts from Michelle Malkin’s message:

“Our press release described ways people might celebrate the achievements of humanity such as eating dinner, seeing a film, driving around, keeping the heat on in your home—all things that Earth Hour celebrators, presumably, should be refraining from. We salute the people who keep the lights on and produce the energy that helps make human achievement possible. Many organizations and average folks around the world will show their support for human achievement by simply going about their daily lives.

Green and private conservation are fine. We have no problem with an individual (or group) that wants to sit naked in the dark without heat, clothing, or light. Additionally, we would have no problem with the group holding a pro-green technology rally. That is their choice. But when this group stages a “global election” with the express purpose of influencing “government policies to take action against ‘global warming’,” we have every right as individuals to express our vote for the opposite.

If Human Achievement Hour is at all a dig against Earth Hour, it is so only by the fact that we are pointing out what Earth Hour truly is about: it isn’t pro-earth, it is anti-man and anti-innovation. So, on March 28th, CEI plans to continue “voting” for humanity by enjoying the fruits of man’s mind.

We are so proud that millions of people plan to show their appreciation for human achievement by doing things like eating dinner, watching television, going to the movies, and brushing their teeth. Never before has a new holiday caught on so quickly”, says Michelle.

We agree wholeheartedly. It is a shame that many parts of the world lack the plague of consistently reliable electricity to even participate in the fear-mongering Earth Hour event if they wanted to, and the current sickening environmental campaigns are blocking any attempts for the third world to generate affordable power and lift themselves from poverty.

So, I call on everyone to join the celebration and revel in the wonders of mankinds achievements tomorrow evening. Those insisting on celebrating Earth Hour, however, do not need to take part in HAH. “Earth Hour is a viable alternative to Human Achievement Hour,” says CEI Senior Fellow Eli Lehrer. “Those who wish to celebrate Earth Hour should sit in the dark, turn off the heat, and breathe as little as possible.”

The anti-human crusaders are labelling “Earth Hour” as a “global election” this time around — basically, a referendum on whether civilization is good or bad, with the imaginary threat of “climate change” as their loaded torpedo. In fact, the ENTIRE Earth Hour campaign is a bloated 60 minute ad campaign to further push the global warming hoax onto as many people as possible. Alas, using the name “Earth Hour” will invariably make some people feel guilty for not participating, even though that guilt is wholly unfounded. George Bush might as well have called the first strike on Iraq “Peace Hour”. The link between Earth Hour and the actual Earth is zero, but the link between Earth Hour and extremists who think we should stop progress and go live in the trees is clear as day…

Nevertheless, most of the non-thinking greenwashed masses will eat this Earth Hour up as religion. Nothing sums up liberalism better than sitting in the dark, wallowing in deluded self-righteousness! Like so many things enviro these days, it is moronic to the point of self-parody. So tonight, be sure to cast your ballot by turning all the lights on. Hey, maybe we can help shine a little light into their perceived little dark worlds.

Physics Professor Nir Shaviv has a few words of wisdom that are quite fitting today:

“My problem with green activism is that they’re investing an effort in things that aren’t real – instead of investing in the important things. Not long ago, they held an ‘electricity-free’ day in Tel Aviv. An hour in which all electric devices were supposed to be turned off. Come on. I’m more afraid of some terror organization getting hold of a nuclear bomb with the aid of a frustrated engineer from the former Soviet Union. I’d definitely be a lot more afraid of living in the south and having to fear that a Qassam rocket is going to fall than of ‘global warming’.”

Precisely. Or as one pirate-king blogger put it today: So, which will it be for you – Earth Hour – which is evidently celebrated by turning off all of your lights, turning down your heat, turning off our TV, sitting around in the dark trying to make out figures that are feet away from your face, all while freezing – or Human Achievement Hour – a celebration of our humanity – throw a big fat juicy steak on your charcoal grill, turn on your lights, enjoy your music, drive your nice car, and enjoy being alive.

I’ll take number two, thanks.

Celebrate Human Achievement Hour – Michelle Malkin

This ‘Earth Hour’, leave the lights on – National Post

CEI Press Release

ILCD does its part to celebrate HAH

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