March 23, 2009

Human Achievement Hour to Light Up the Dark Earth Hour

lighttime.jpgWorried that you won't have anything to do during this coming Saturday's "Earth Hour" except turn on every light in your house, pee into the sea to raise the level of the oceans, hunt down and eat every endangered species within ten miles, slash bicycle tires, and burn a half-ton of coal on your front lawn? Take heart, because now there's a new holiday just for you. CEI Announces "€œHuman Achievement Hour"€ to Coincide with "€œEarth Hour"

Washington, D.C., March 19, 2009 €”The Competitive Enterprise Institute, a leading free-market think tank, plans to recognize "Human Achievement Hour" between 8:30pm and 9:30pm on March 28, 2009. The new one-hour holiday coincides with Earth Hour, a period of time during which governments, individuals, and corporations have agreed to dim or shut off lights in an effort to draw attention to climate change.

"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,"€ says Human Achievement Hour Founder and CEI Policy Analyst Michelle Minton. "Never before has a new holiday caught on so quickly."

The new one-hour holiday, unknown prior to this press release, has already received overwhelming support from many of Washington, D.C.'s leading institutions. The Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority, for example, tells CEI that it does not plan to shut down all of the city's bus and rail lines for the "€œEarth Hour." The Kennedy Center, likewise, has scheduled a performance of the long-running play Sheer Madness, a jazz concert, and a dance performance to coincide with the Human Achievement Hour. Washington, D.C.'€™s Target store, furthermore, will remain open until 10:00pm on the evening of the 28th. The Smithsonian Institution also plans a film showing that will extend into Human Achievement Hour.....

Those wishing to celebrate Earth Hour, however, do not need to take part in Human Achievement Hour. “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.”

Posted by Vanderleun at March 23, 2009 6:11 PM
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Posted by: NatureAdvice at March 24, 2009 1:34 AM

I am so excited about Human Achievement Hour. I think during that hour I will open a bottle of fine wine (after chilling it to perfection in my electric wine chiller), pour a glass and sit on my couch with the A/C cranked, under a big fur-lined blanket and watch basketball on my 51 inch LCD TV. Oh, and I just may have to microwave some gourmet popcorn. I'll say a toast (on a commercial break) to Achievement everywhere.


Posted by: Murphy Klasing at March 24, 2009 7:07 AM

"Posted by NatureAdvice at March 24, 2009 1:34 AM"

I don't know about the rest of you, but I fell damned privileged that someone so evolved would take the trouble to share her wisdom with us here.

Think of the sacrifice. She'll be sitting around in the dark with undried hair while the rest of us will be celebrating Lights Out For 0bama in a warm, well-lighted place. Makes a fella proud of his country.

Posted by: at March 24, 2009 9:21 AM

I'm going to celebrate Human Achievement Hour by parking my 40mpg Honda Gold Wing and driving around in my 15mpg Ford F150 for an hour. During that hour of driving, I will sit in a fast-food restaurant line with my engine running while I order and wait for the pinnacle of human achievement: Popeye's Fried Chicken (spicy, of course).

Posted by: Joe Henderson at March 26, 2009 9:55 AM

I am going to celebrate Earth Hour by grabbing my guns to protect myself from the crime wave that will result from plunging the city into darkness at a predetermined time.

Posted by: ddbb at March 26, 2009 10:00 AM

I turned on all my lights. I turned on the radio. I plugged in the waffle iron.

I watched television, Curiously all the stations were broadcasting.

Gee...I guess the issue is not so urgent, after all.

Posted by: Minamy at March 28, 2009 6:15 PM

What we do, because we can.

Posted by: thurber at March 29, 2009 3:50 PM