Yesterday I mentioned to you the dueling Earth Hour versus Human Achievement Hour, coming up this Saturday evening, March 27, at 8:30 p.m. YourTime. I thought you might be interested in who (reportedly) is taking the plunge into darkness & despair for Earth Hour, unlike the rest of us who will be lights ON for Human Achievement Hour.I am not making this up.
- State government entities, including some capitol buildings, in Florida, Iowa, Missouri, Colorado, Wisconsin, Montana, Chicago, Atlanta, along with Kuwait, the Cook Islands and Russia. And Ann Arbor (but you knew that, right?)
- Ritz-Carlton DC, Nines Hotel in Portland, Ore., and Marriott-brand Renaissance Blackstone in Chicago
- Harrah's Entertainment -- Caesars Palace Las Vegas, Planet Hollywood, Paris Las Vegas, Bally's Las Vegas, The Rio All Suites Hotel & Casino, Flamingo Las Vegas, Harrah's Las Vegas (VEGAS, FOR PETE'S SAKE!)
- New England Patriots Tom Brady (see video) (And, I wonder if Gisele Bundchen, too? And, whoa! with the carbon footprint these 2 must have!)
- 400 supermarkets in Beijing (that's ironic, right?)
Ironically, the rush to darkness is troubling some government types, like the Niagara Falls fire department, who are worried about public safety.If you would like to help celebrate Human Achievement Hour, instead, here's what you can you do to participate:
- In honor of HAH, leave your lights on, Saturday, March 27, at 8:30pm!
- Tweet or blog about it, and let us know about how you observed that hour. (#HAH2010).
- Follow HAH on Twitter, Twitter.com/hah_2010
- Join HAH on Facebook
- If you're in the Washington, DC area, join us for a cocktail hour celebrating HAH.
- Read Michelle Minton's commentaries on specific human achievements, on Openmarket.orgHappy Human Achievement Hour!
Force of Darkness "Earth Hour" Challenged by Power of Light "Human Achievement Hour"
CEI Announces 2nd Annual Celebration of Human Achievement
Washington, D.C., March 19, 2010—The Competitive Enterprise Institute, a leading free-market think tank, will celebrate the Second Annual "Human Achievement Hour" between 8:30pm and 9:30pm on Saturday, March 27, 2010. The one-hour celebration coincides with "Earth Hour," an hour in which governments, individuals, and corporations will dim or shut off lights to symbolically renounce the environmental impacts of modern technology.
"Earth Hour's creators suggest that human inventions and technology are a problem, but we see the ability to create and innovate as the ultimate resource," says Human Achievement Hour founder and CEI Policy Analyst Michelle Minton. "Environmental challenges will not be solved by turning off our lights and symbolically hiding in the dark," Minton added. "If anything, we should be looking to technology and innovation to help solve environmental problems."
Just like last year, countless individuals, organizations, agencies and businesses will be celebrating Human Achievement Hour without even realizing it. Just by not shutting down their lights, operations and stores, they will be acknowledging that productive effort and the pursuit of happiness are a better alternative than sitting in the dark.
In addition to the observance of Human Achievement Hour, wherever people may find themselves around the world, CEI will be hosting a happy hour event outside of Washington, D.C.Saturday, March 27, 20107:30pm-10:00pm2915 Wilson BoulevardArlington, Virginia703-248-9888MORE RESOURCES: Watch the video "Celebrate Human Achievement Hour," follow us on Twitter and join the Facebook group.
CEI is a non-profit, non-partisan public policy group dedicated to the principles of free enterprise and limited government. For more information about CEI, please visit our website at www.cei.org.