Saturday, March 27, 2010

Human Achievement Hour

Tonight will witness Earth Hour, when millions of people will switch off their lights to demonstrate their solidarity with, em, Gaia apparently. As usual with these things, North Korea has put Ireland to shame. They don't just do Earth Hour once a year, they do it every night. Theirs is the low carbon, low energy, low everything way of life that we should all aspire to.

Or maybe not. Just by coincidence, tonight will also witness Human Achievement Hour, when billions of people will leave their lights on to celebrate the extraordinary gift of human innovation, imagination and productivity. Here's a little video from last year that helps put things in perspective:


  1. Earth Hour is about human achievement, it's about the global society can meet the challenges of the unfolding energy crisis in a world that is based on diminishing fossil fuels. I think your aim is to suggest that Earth Hour is a Luddite enterprise when in fact it's aim is to promote human ingenuity in finding alternate sources of clean energy that will lead to more sustainable growth. Clean energy that will power data centres and digital enterprises for Ireland and wean Europe off an unreliable dependence on Russian gas. That's my tuppence worth.

  2. You took the words right out of my mouth, Holbrook!

  3. The extraordinary gift of human innovation, imagination and productivity has been appllied extensively in the fields of warfare,extermination, torture and oppression which didn't feature much in your fatuous video.


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