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Human Achievement Hour – Saturday 7.30pm

Ralph 27 March 2009 46

This Saturday at 7.30pm, a movement of people, including Canberrans such as Ralph, will be celebrating the inaugural Human Achievement Hour.

Human Achievement Hour seeks to honour the success of modern civilisation.

You can celebrate Human Achievement Hour by enjoying some of the many innovations that have freed society from darkness, cured disease, improved nutrition and raised our choices and consumption possibilities. We should never feel guilty, or apologise for our happiness and success.

Eat some packaged food, drive, use your microwave, your dishwasher, or watch movies, for example.

More information can be found here and here.


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TAD TAD 6:45 pm 27 Mar 09

I’ll skip Earth Hour and join a Facebook group instead.

If that doesn’t work, nothing will.

barking toad barking toad 1:55 pm 27 Mar 09

Why is there a need to raise awareness about climate change (previously known as global warming ’til it got cool) when we are constantly lectured that the debate is over and that there is a consensus among scientists over the world that we are approaching a tipping point due to irreversible global warming (aka climate change) because we drive cars?

Did all the hippies from the darkness last year forget after they turned their lights back on?

It would make more sense if hippies held their breath for an hour instead.

Woody Mann-Caruso Woody Mann-Caruso 1:37 pm 27 Mar 09

Reacts quite angrily to reason and logic.

I wouldn’t mistake my mixture of contempt and pity for you for anger, Ralph. I’m yet to see any reason or logic from you, or any answers to my reasonable questions. Like I said, you got nuthin’.

peterh peterh 1:02 pm 27 Mar 09

Skidbladnir said :

Ralph said :

I think that burning parrafin candles (made from petrochemicals), which are less efficient that incandescent light globes, to symbolise cutting back on emissions, is inane.

My Earth Hour candles will be made from pure whale oil, and sit in little holders carved from baby seal skulls, atop candlesticks made from Mother Teresa’s thighbones.

right. hope you have fun with that, skid.

jakez jakez 12:57 pm 27 Mar 09

sepi said :

Jakez – do you really think everyone else but you is stupid, or are you counting yourself in the 99% who miss the point of earth hour?

I don’t think missing the point of something makes you stupid sepi. It was clearly a hyperbole though so I’m not sure what you are trying to achieve.

Skidbladnir Skidbladnir 12:54 pm 27 Mar 09

Ralph said :

I think that burning parrafin candles (made from petrochemicals), which are less efficient that incandescent light globes, to symbolise cutting back on emissions, is inane.

My Earth Hour candles will be made from pure whale oil, and sit in little holders carved from baby seal skulls, atop candlesticks made from Mother Teresa’s thighbones.

peterh peterh 12:49 pm 27 Mar 09

ant said :

Meanwhile, during earth hour, like last year, HQJOC will have all lights blazing, polluting the sky for miles.

if they turned off the lights, ant, how could the late night visitors find the place??

Defence don’t seem to get power saving, or earth hour, but they do like pretty lights…

Jivrashia Jivrashia 12:39 pm 27 Mar 09

‘Struth. I just realised now, after an hour of mulling over, what HAH is.

It’s a joke, a take on Earth Hour.

You knew? Yeah, well I’m having a slow day.

Oh well, I think I’ll salute to HAH anyway, and to my ethnic background, by dining on instant noodles that night.

Ralph Ralph 12:31 pm 27 Mar 09

I think that burning parrafin candles (made from petrochemicals), which are less efficient that incandescent light globes, to symbolise cutting back on emissions, is inane.

sepi sepi 12:29 pm 27 Mar 09

Jakez – do you really think everyone else but you is stupid, or are you counting yourself in the 99% who miss the point of earth hour?

monomania monomania 11:48 am 27 Mar 09

Woody Mann-Caruso said :

This is good for the anti-science crowd because you get to major in ‘fiction writing’ and ‘dramatic writing’. Cutting edge of intellectual capital here, people. Why listen to scientists about the climate when you can listen to an angry white girl whose claim to fame is literacy?

The environmental movement is full of anti-science people, in fact they probably are in the majority. They are prepared to accept what climate scientists say because they agree but be damned if they are prepared to make response that is rational and scientifically based.

For instance why choose the most expensive way of producing renewable energy, micro solar electricity generation on houses? Because it’s fashionable, distributed, small, makes people feel self reliant and matches their rather warped view of sustainability.

So they are able to forget that the energy payback period at best will be 5 years and up to 10 for a badly sited situation and that even though the taxpayer has stumped up half the purchase price, their fellow citizens will still have to buy they electricity at 7 times the price of conventional electricity and that stuff all will be produced.

And be damned if they will accept that there may have to be some unpalatable compromises made on the environmental front such as the consideration of nuclear power.

colourful sydney racing identity colourful sydney racing identity 11:43 am 27 Mar 09

Yes it is a token event, but it raises awareness – kind of like wearing pink to raise awareness of breast cancer or wearing a badge for harmony day. Which reminds me, next Harmony Day Ralph and I are organising a new movement that is going to wear Aryan Nation badges and Swastika’s who is with us?

jakez jakez 11:40 am 27 Mar 09

sepi said :

Um – actually i think that spending the hour thinking about ways to reduce your comsumption is what earth hour is all about.

Those who think it is soley about reducing your power use for one hour are missing the point by about a galaxy.

Those meaning 99% then?

Jim Jones Jim Jones 11:38 am 27 Mar 09

sepi said :

With any luck even those people will stop to realise how lucky we are to have electricity, after an hour of not using any, and will use a little less in weeks to come.

I don’t have a problem with burning a few candles during earth hour – it is a symbolic event, not supposed to save the earth in and of itself. Burning candles during dinner is something everyone can do. We don’t condemn it at other times, so why start during earth hour.

Awesome post sepi – ya nailed it!

sepi sepi 11:32 am 27 Mar 09

With any luck even those people will stop to realise how lucky we are to have electricity, after an hour of not using any, and will use a little less in weeks to come.

I don’t have a problem with burning a few candles during earth hour – it is a symbolic event, not supposed to save the earth in and of itself. Burning candles during dinner is something everyone can do. We don’t condemn it at other times, so why start during earth hour.

VYBerlinaV8_the_one_they_all_copy VYBerlinaV8_the_one_they_all_copy 11:27 am 27 Mar 09

Fair point Sepi, it’s just that many of the people I know who observe Earth Hour seem to sit around with 10 candles burning talking about how wonderful it is that they’re saving the planet.

sepi sepi 11:22 am 27 Mar 09

Um – actually i think that spending the hour thinking about ways to reduce your comsumption is what earth hour is all about.

Those who think it is soley about reducing your power use for one hour are missing the point by about a galaxy.

VYBerlinaV8_the_one_they_all_copy VYBerlinaV8_the_one_they_all_copy 11:04 am 27 Mar 09

Given that I think that Earth Hour is tokenism, and that too many people will sit around with candles (that are far worse for the environment than lights), I was think about spending some time thinking about ways to reduce consumption for the Berlina family.

I figured that would be much more useful than sitting around feeling smug.

dvaey dvaey 10:47 am 27 Mar 09

I plan on going camping, in a big 4wd. We will extract natures animals from the water, and fill the atmosphere with smoke from our fire. We dont need mod-cons to take our piece of the environment.

ant ant 10:45 am 27 Mar 09

Americans live mainly on packaged food. Making a dish from scratch, actually peeling and chopping onions and cutting up meat etc is a dying art over there. A friend with a kitchen to die for, full of the most amazing gadgets and utensils, didn’t know what I was doing when I was making gravy. She was very concerned about the roux (I like to get it real brown before adding the stock).

Americans also consume a lot of medications for their stomachs and bowels.

Meanwhile, during earth hour, like last year, HQJOC will have all lights blazing, polluting the sky for miles.

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