CEI Announces “Human Achievement Hour” to Coincide with “Earth Hour”

CEI Announces “Human Achievement Hour” to Coincide with “Earth Hour”

Prominent D.C.- Area Supporters Include: Kennedy Center, Smithsonian Institution, WMATA, Target, and  George Washington University Hospital; other Nationally Recognized Institutions With Events Planned During Human Achievement Hour Include Wal-Mart, New York Times, and United States Marine Corps
March 19, 2009

Contacts:
Michelle Minton, 202-340-7078
Eli Lehrer, 202-615-0586

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 “Earth 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. 

“We salute the people who keep the lights on and produce the
energy that helps make human achievement possible,” says Myron Ebell, CEI’s Director of
Energy and Global Warming Policy. 

Other organizations around the world and the nation have
planned events in support of the new holiday. For example, The United State
Marine Corps will continue its combat and humanitarian operations around the
world during Human Achievement Hour. The
New York Times confirms that it intends to put out a paper on March 29th,
2009 (preparation and printing for that issue will take place during Human
Achievement Hour). At least 30,000 movies will also be screened in celebration
of Human Achievement Hour. Hospital emergency and operating rooms, likewise,
will remain open in Washington
and in the rest of the country. Nearly all of the nation’s Wal-Mart locations
will also be open during 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.” 

 It goes without saying that, except for CEI
itself, the institutions listed above have not actually endorsed “Human
Achievement Hour.” (All the quotes and facts, however, are real and may/should
be used.) 

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.