Competitive Enterprise Institute Celebrates Human Achievement Hour


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Competitive Enterprise Institute Celebrates Human Achievement Hour
Saturday, March 29, 2014
8:30 – 9:30 p.m. (local time)

Washington, March 24 – This week, the Competitive Enterprise Institute (CEI) will continue “Human Achievement Hour,” an annual celebration of human progress and advancements in various fields of industry including technology, medical, energy and more. The celebration will culminate with a worldwide observance on Saturday, March 29, 2014, between 8:30-9:30 p.m. (local time).

“Observing Human Achievement Hour is about paying tribute to the human innovations that have allowed people around the globe to live better, fuller lives, while also defending the basic human right to use energy to improve the quality of life of all people,” said CEI senior fellow William Yeatman.

CEI developed Human Achievement Hour as the counter argument to the World Wide Fund for Nature’s “Earth Hour,” an event where participants symbolically renounce the environmental impacts of modern technology by turning off their lights for an hour. By contrast, Human Achievement Hour promotes the idea that humans should look to technology and innovation to help solve environmental problems.

Instead of turning off your lights this Saturday, the Competitive Enterprise Institute encourages people to celebrate a human achievement that has improved their lives – everything from indoor plumbing to computer technology, to access to consumer goods and affordable energy. Shower, shop, listen to music, enjoy a cold beer, or simply keep your lights on for an hour. There are numerous innovations to celebrate. Participants may share these activities and join the conversation by tweeting @ceidotorg and using the hashtag #HAH2014.

Follow CEI’s list of human achievements at: For more information about Human Achievement Hour visit