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You may not have even known about Earth Hour last night when environmental activists were urged to turn off their lights from 8:30 to 9:30.
Instead I celebrated “Human Achievement Hour” by leaving mine burning brightly. Helen Whalen Cohen explains:
Technology and innovation have made our lives immeasurably better. We can fly to other countries in hours. Medical achievements have made formerly deadly diseases curable. The poorest people in the United States have what would have, until recently, been considered luxury items. There are seven billion people living on this planet, and lives have never been so long and so prosperous. Talk about a cause worth celebrating.
Nothing makes that clearer than the light at night made by man.
Of course that doesn’t mean, then, that I am against good stewardship of the earth’s resources, all for wiping out animal species or want dirty air and water.
Hardly. That, of course, is the usual false choice set out there by radical environmentalists. I, and most people like me, believe that human achievement and good stewardship can coexist.
What we don’t believe is that human beings are a blight on this earth and that technology does more harm than good. In fact, I think Earth Hour is probably a good thing for demonstrating that point. I’d even go a step further for those who like to do that and tell them to go to the breaker box in their house and trip the main breaker and turn off all the electricity. Then turn off the gas. Finally, walk out to the box in the front yard and turn off the water. And let’s extend it for a while. Say a day? 2 days? A week?
A few days of drawing water from the creek, washing clothes on scrub board, cooking over a fire and reading by candle light might drive the point home. Oh, wait, no books … produced by technology, right? No phones, fast food or driving a car either. Have a doctor’s appointment during that time? No CT, MRIs or much of any sort of test. Sorry … but enjoy!
There is absolutely nothing wrong with what humans have achieved and we should celebrate it. Not sit in the dark for an hour each year pretending things are worse. That doesn’t “save the planet” … the planet is fine, thank you very much.
Anyway, I’m pushing for “Earth Days” next year. Let’s see these folks put their actions where their mouths are.
2 to a week of fun without technology. Make it attractive and better and you may get my attention.
In the meantime I’m planning to celebrate of "Human Achievement Days” during that time where I will essentially live as I am now (yup, I celebrate HAD every day).
Guess who will enjoy their days more?
Oh, good – another meaningless, feel-good effort in which to participate (or not):
EARTH HOUR is about to sweep around the world in what the United Nations is calling “the largest demonstration of public concern about climate change ever attempted”.
The event, which started in Sydney two years ago, will see well over 3000 cities and towns in more than 90 countries switch off their lights for an hour this year. Hundreds of millions of people are expected to take part.
From the international dateline, Earth Hour starts in New Zealand’s Chatham Islands this afternoon and will conclude in Honolulu tomorrow night (Sydney time).
In between, tens of millions of houses and public buildings will dim their lights to call for an effective global deal to cut greenhouse gas emissions. More than 10,000 street parties are planned. Sydney’s turn comes at 8.30 tonight.
Sounds like a lot of fun – partying in the dark I mean.
Frankly I like James Taranto’s idea from yesterday better:
Reader, if you are against global-warming hysteria, high taxes, socialized medicine and a weak foreign policy, Sunday is your day. Show how you feel about the issues by turning on your lights in the evening and leaving them on until you go to bed. If you go out for a drive after dark, make sure you turn your headlights on too.
Granted, the EarthHour people have a head start on us. They started planning this months ago, whereas we’re giving you all of 48 hours notice. Yet we think the outlook is bright for this effort. Tell your friends, tell them to tell their friends, and so on, and we’ll bet millions of people across the country will turn their lights on Sunday night.
If no one will listen to the silent majority, let’s at least make sure they see us.