Human Achievement Hour tonight. Just after you’ve achieved a Big Lottery win

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    26th March 2011

    Did you know there’s an “Earth Hour” tonight?  On the other hand there is this –

    Don’t know about you, but I like the video.

    Today, Saturday March 26, 2011 between 8:30 and 9:30 pm is Human Achievement Hour.

    National Geographic explains that Human Achievement Hour is a counter to “EARTH HOUR”

    Earth Hour 2001 Backlash

    Despite Earth Hour’s growth since its introduction in Sydney in 2007, not everyone’s on board. (Related: “Earth Hour 2009: A Billion to Go Dark Saturday?”)

    At least one group, the Competitive Enterprise Institute (CEI), a D.C.-based nonprofit libertarian think tank, contends that Earth Hour sends the wrong message.

    The organization is holding its own event during Earth Hour 2011—Human Achievement Hour 2011—to celebrate human inventions and innovations that “make today the best time to be alive.” CEI’s suggested Human Achievement Hour activities include taking a hot shower, watching TV, or phoning friends.

    “They want people to turn off all of their lights for one hour on a Saturday night in spring as a symbol of a vote for action on climate change,” said Michelle Minton, CEI’s director of insurance studies.

    “We believe that a vote has to have a choice, so Human Achievement Hour is the alternative, where people think good things about technology as a way to reach solutions to the problems of today and tomorrow.”

    Human Achievement Hour—including a party at CEI’s offices that will stream live on—isn’t meant to oppose individuals who want to save energy, Minton explained.

    But CEI takes issue with those who would, according to Minton, use the environmental movement to encourage governments to force people to conserve.

    “We believe that freedom is what’s necessary for individuals to come up with improved technologies not only in the West—where we can just flip the switch back on whenever we want—but also in the developing world,” Minton said.

    “In some places it’s Earth Hour every hour of every day.”







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    4 Responses to “Human Achievement Hour tonight. Just after you’ve achieved a Big Lottery win”

    1. Stan Says:

      I’m afraid I strongly disagree with you on this one, KTBFPM.

      As someone commented at the YouTube site, Human Achievement Hour=another hour of wasted energy. Wasted energy means more power is needed. More power means more power stations consuming more coal,gas and oil which ends up in our stratosphere, polluting the planet and contributing to global warming.

      It also means relying on nuclear power to fill the energy gaps , the dangers of which we are currently seeing in Japan. Just one nuclear plant out of control can screw up a whole economy, poison the surrounding land for many years, cause mass evacuations and have effects over thousands of miles.

      Don’t kid yourself that it cannot happen here. Strong earthquakes and tsunamis have been recorded in Britain over the centuries, sea rises and surges caused by global warming could submerge our coastal areas where nuclear reactors are located, and of course there is always the terrorist threat.

      Is it worth taking these risks for the sake of wasting our energy in the way that this video symbolises.

      On the other hand saving our energy (or rather using energy in a much more efficient way) as symbolised by the other Earth Hour means that less generated power is needed which in turn means that safe, non-polluting sources like solar panels, wind, wave and tidal power can supply all needs without our having to resort to the dangerous energy technologies.

      By all means let’s use our creative talents to improve the right technologies but don’t send messages about our freedom to waste energy when that means the wrong technologies will be developed at the expense of the right ones.

      I shall be switching off tonight.

      • keeptonyblairforpm Says:

        I am an uncertain voter, Stan, on most of these climate issues. I really just rather liked the history on the video of what the world has achieved. And I don’t think we’re finished achieving yet.

        As you know I am not a conspiracy theorist, but if the hyrdogen/water engine hadn’t been bought up by oil companies decades ago we’d not need to worry about oil.

    2. Stan Says:

      I liked the history too, KTBFPM. It was the underlying message in relation to Earth Hour that I objected to.

      • keeptonyblairforpm Says:

        Well, there we go, Stan. Btw, I didn’t think it was all that “underlying” a message.

        In our half-knowledge and semi-ignorance we have choices. I think the Earth Hour probably has far more followers and converts than the HA hour, don’t you?

        I’m not rooting for either as it happens. As with the ‘questions’ re Tony Blair I’m just suggesting a little bit of balanced consideration.

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