Force of Darkness “Earth Hour” Challenged by Power of Light “Human Achievement Hour”

Washington, D.C., March 19, 2010—The Competitive Enterprise Institute, a
leading free-market think tank, will celebrate the Second Annual “Human Achievement Hour
between 8:30pm and 9:30pm on Saturday, March 27, 2010. The one-hour celebration
coincides with “Earth Hour,” an hour in which governments, individuals, and
corporations will dim or shut off lights to symbolically renounce the
environmental impacts of modern technology.

“Earth Hour’s creators suggest that human inventions and technology
are a problem, but we see the ability to create and innovate as the ultimate
resource,” says Human Achievement Hour founder and CEI Policy Analyst Michelle Minton. “Environmental
challenges will not be solved by turning off our lights and symbolically hiding
in the dark,” Minton added. “If anything, we should be looking to technology
and innovation to help solve environmental problems.”

Just like last year, countless individuals, organizations,
agencies and businesses will be celebrating Human Achievement Hour without even
realizing it. Just by not shutting down their lights, operations and stores,
they will be acknowledging that productive effort and the pursuit of happiness
are a better alternative than sitting in the dark.

In addition to the observance of Human Achievement Hour,
wherever people may find themselves around the world, CEI will be hosting a
happy hour event outside of Washington,


Achievement Happy Hour

Saturday, March 27,


Rira Irish Pub and Restaurant

2915 Wilson Boulevard

Arlington, Virginia



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