Let there be dark!

Posted on: March 25, 2010

There is now an anti-Earth hour event run by climate change deniers, and supported by parts of the Liberal Party (please note, this is in Australia, where ‘the Liberals’ are the opposite of ‘liberal’). It’s called ‘Human Achievement Hour’ demanding that everyone turn their lights ON at the exact same time as Earth Hour, Saturday 27 March 2010, between 8.30 and 9.30.

This ‘Human Achievement Hour’ is absurd, its hijacking of Earth Hour makes me cross. There are a lot of human achievements that need celebrating, but ruining a beautiful planet is surely not one of them. But most annoying of all, is that they make it impossible for satire. Across the top of the Human Achievement Hour poster it says ‘Don’t be stuck in the dark with the communists’. Seriously. There’s a photo of East Asia at night showing the lights of lots of cities, and an arrow pointing to an outlined dark patch, with the words ‘Freedom-hating communists in North Korea don’t have lights’. There’s another arrow with the words ‘Freedom loving capitalists celebrate the achievements of the human race by making their countries resemble Christmas trees at night’. Jon Stewart could have written this stuff as part of the Daily Show.

Except they’re serious…

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