Human Achievement
Human Achievement Hour

Man has progressed dramatically since the paleolithic era. Thanks to human achievements in the realms of science and technology, we live longer, healthier and more easily. In the last century alone, our life expectancy has nearly tripled, from 30 years in the early 20th century [1] to 81 years for Canadians today [2]. Medicine has eradicated small pox and has drastically reduced the frequency measles, polio andcountless other diseases. Automobiles and planes have made travelling faster and easier… we've even been to the Moon. Electric lighting means we can work and play—even when the Sun has set. The computer and the Internet ease collaboration and commerce and make the transmission of information nearly instantaneous.

Every year, hundreds of millions of people sacrifice these achievements for a single hour. How long could they survive by sacrificing them for a week? A month? A year? To those who support the anthropogenic global warming theory and believe that man has an impact on the environment, I point out that rejecting technology is the opposite of what should be done. Rather, technology should be your solution. Why participate in an event that preaches its sacrifice?

This year, instead of celebrating Earth Hour, I'll be celebrating Human Achievement Hour by enjoying the fruit's of man's mind. I'll be keeping my lights, computers and heating on. We've come a long way and I think its something worth celebrating.

To celebrate Human Achievement Hour, Saturday March 27th 2010 at 20:30, you can:

  • leave your lights on, watch TV, eat dinner or otherwise enjoy the fruits of man's mind;
  • spread the word;
  • join HAH on Facebook.

1. Life expectancy, Wikipedia

2. Life expectancy, Google Public Data