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D.C., April 21, 2009—This year,
the Competitive Enterprise Institute urges those celebrating Earth Day to
remember the challenges presented by living in the natural world, and the
inspiring ways that human beings have worked to overcome them. This new perspective
is celebrated in a short video titled “Humans
Make Earth Day Better .”
“While Earth Day has previously focused on traditional
concerns like pollution and recycling, we think it’s also a perfect time to
think about the challenges human beings themselves face around the world – like
hunger, disease and poverty – and the many ways human ingenuity has helped
drive them back,” said Competitive Enterprise Institute Director of New Media Richard Morrison .
The video in particular highlights some of the life-saving
and life-fulfilling technologies that have been criticized in the past for being
environmentally incorrect. Things like affordable energy from fossil fuels,
safe, convenient bottled water and inexpensive jet travel have repeatedly roused
the ire of the environmental activist community. All too often, however, the
alleged environmental crimes of these products and technologies are presented
with little consideration of the positive benefits they provide.
“From pesticides that have saved millions from dying of
malaria to genetically modified foods that have saved millions from dying of starvation,
the video reminds us that when we worry about environmental issues, we shouldn’t
forget the disastrous effects of banning useful technologies,” said Morrison.
CEI also recently gained notice
for celebrating the liberating influence of innovation and technology during Human
Achievement Hour , which argued that the solution to our environmental
problems is to use more of humanity’s collective brainpower, not necessary less
of the earth’s resources.
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