Celebrate Human Achievement Hour

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It’s that time of year again when we are encouraged to shut off our lights in some sort of  global bonding exercise with the earth and our fellow green citizens the world over. Earth Hour is the usual feel good, symbolism-over-substance, empty gesture that the Left loves to revel in and hypes regularly. And the type of even the media loves to gush over. Even the events propaganda films are slick and full of empty gestures to make you feel good about yourself as you flail away at “bad energy,” and the modern ways we heat and light our homes. “Feelgoodism” coupled with subconscious guilt is an important element of Leftist movements and ideologies and Earth Hour is oozing it from every pore. Watching the darkening of major cities and monuments is not inspiring to me but actually somewhat disturbing. Cheering the absence of electricity is an unsettling thing to watch from the perspective of a modern, civilized person.

If you want to actually do something about global pollution and whatnot, then go talk to China. If every residential light bulb on the planet were turned off for an hour, the carbon saved would equal about four minutes of China’s carbon footprint. But don’t try to legislate or guilt the West into giving up modern, industrial age, middle class lifestyles because I have the audacity to watch my tv, drive my car to work so my children can be fed and clothed, buy my toothpaste at a big box retailer, or otherwise not follow the great herds across the plains in some sort of short and uncomfortable “no footprint” primitive lifestyle.

In a rather brilliant move, the Competitive Enterprise Institute announced in 2009 the launch of Human Achievement Hour in response to Earth Hour with the following video.

8:30 pm – 9:30 pm

On March 23, some people will be sitting in the dark to express their “vote” for action on global climate change. Instead, you can join CEI and the thousands of people around the world who will be celebrating Human Achievement Hour (HAH). Leave your lights on to express your appreciation for the inventions and innovations that make today the best time to be alive and the recognition that future solutions require individual freedom not government coercion.

HAHI couldn’t agree more. The ability to produce artificial light and heat is one of the greatest accomplishments of Western Civilization. Cheap, abundant energy has added a significant improvement to the quality of life for hundreds of millions, if not billions of people. To turn our backs on such accomplishments is sheer folly. I have no desire to squat in the dark like a primitive and will be fully enjoying the full benefits of electricity Saturday throughout the day and well into the night including the taboo hour of 8:30-9:30 p.m.

The modern-day Luddites would like to reject much of modern technology and human advancement in reality despite their claims to the contrary. Unless it’s a giant hamster wheel or an unreliable fancy windmill, our liberal friends oppose nearly every modern technology and utilization of natural resources that our advanced technological and industrial society completely relies upon. If you support progress and the forward progress of human civilization you don’t oppose the use of oil or the vast new reservoirs of natural gas energy now open to us by the use of hydraulic fracturing (fracking).

In 2009 CEI released the following statement:

Human Achievement Hour

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).

The 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 mans mind.”

Turn ON your lights!

The fun has continued ever since and this year the following statement was released by CEI:

Human Achievement Hour 2013

Saturday, March 23, 2013

8:30 pm – 9:30 pm

On March 23, some people will be sitting in the dark to express their “vote” for action on global climate change. Instead, you can join CEI and the thousands of people around the world who will be celebrating Human Achievement Hour (HAH). Leave your lights on to express your appreciation for the inventions and innovations that make today the best time to be alive and the recognition that future solutions require individual freedom not government coercion.

Human Achievement Hour (HAH) is a celebration of individual freedom and appreciation of the achievements and innovations that people have used to improve their lives throughout history. To celebrate Human Achievement Hour, participants need only to spend the hour from 8:30 pm to 9:30 pm on March 23 enjoying the benefits of capitalism and human innovation: Gather with friends in the warmth of a heated home, watch television, take a hot shower, drink a beer, call a loved one on the phone, or listen to music.

On Saturday, March 23, 2013, from 8:30 pm to 9:30 pm, some people will shut off their lights and spend an hour in darkness as a symbolic vote against global climate change. Observers of Earth Hour want world leaders to “do something” about pollution and energy use.  What this means is that they want politicians to use legal mandates and punitive taxes to prevent individuals from freely using resources, hindering our ability to create the solutions and technologies of the future. Instead, the Competitive Enterprise Institute asks you to spend that hour with your lights *on* in celebration of Human Achievement Hour.

HAH is an annual event meant to recognize and celebrate the fact that this is the greatest time to be alive, and that the reason we have come is that people have been free to use their minds and the resources in their environment to experiment, create, and innovate. Participants in HAH recognize the necessity to protect the individual persons from government coercion, so that we may continue innovating and improving our lives and the world around us.

See how far we’ve come.

Learn more and RSVP at our Facebook event page

Join our Facebook group to stay connected with HAH beyond the event

Follow us on the 2013 HAH Twitter feed

Also, keep your eye on OpenMarket.org for the daily Human Achievement of the Day.

A couple of articles on the subject and ‘controversy’ is included below for those seeking more information on Earth Hour vs. Human Achievement Hour.

Human Achievement Hour 2013 | Competitive Enterprise Institute

cei.org

Human Achievement Hour (HAH) is a celebration of individual freedom and appreciation of the achievements and innovations that people have used to improve their lives throughout history. To celebrate Human Achievement Hour, participants need only to spend the hour from 8:30 pm to 9:30 pm on March 23…

“Electricity is good. Choose freedom.”

Libertarians: Keep Lights on for Earth Hour

www.usnews.com

The Competitive Enterprise Institute says Earth Hour sends the wrong message.

canadafreepress.com

An Hour of Darkness. Or Light, Earth Hour: Hating energy is another form of hating humanity, Sierra Club, Greenpeace, Greens

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“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.”

- Human Achievement Hour Founder and CEI Policy Analyst Michelle Minton

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3 replies

  1. From 8:30pm-9:30pm tonight, liberal socialists will be sitting the in the dark. I could be wrong but, haven’t they been in the dark for years?

  2. 8:30-9:30 in which time zone?????? The Blues are playing the Oilers tonight from Edmondton and we have game snacks.

    Seriously, when you live in tornado alley and have the occasional ice storm, you get to sit in the dark with no heat, ac, tv, internet, etc., sometimes for days on end. One year, we did it twice. We were only out for two days, but other people were out for a week or more. Been there, done that, not doing it just for fun, because it’s not.

    The entire idea of voluntarily turning off the lights unless an air raid is expected is just stupid.

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