The usual suspects have announced a strange new holiday: Earth Hour, which is to be celebrated by turning off the lights and electricity (but presumably not by holding your breath, denying emergency service, or anything like that). In response, my colleague Michelle Minton had the brilliant idea of celebrating Human Achievement Hour at the same time; let’s celebrate all the good technology does and all the wonderful things mankind has created. This, unsurprisingly, has attracted derision from said usual suspects, who are astounded that anyone could ever wish to celebrate the massive increase in human welfare accessible energy has brought, as Michelle details here. In doing so, she highlights the key point:
If our Human Achievement Hour is at all a dig against Earth Hour, it is so only by the fact that we are pointing out what Earth Hour truly is about: it isn’t pro-earth, it is anti-man and anti-innovation.