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'Professor Frink' on 'anti Earth Hour'

Posted by: 3AW and The Age | 25 March, 2010 - 11:18 AM

PLAYING NOW: Eli Lehrer, Competitive Enterprise Institute, speaks to 3AW Breakfast about Human Achievement hour, or what has been dubbed 'anti Earth Hour'.

Ross and John have had feedback Eli sounds like Professor John Frink from The Simpsons.

REPORT (Tom Arup - The Age): A think tank founded and chaired by the Liberal senator Cory Bernardi has launched a campaign to promote an anti-Earth Hour event - urging people to turn their lights on.

During Human Achievement Hour on Saturday, households will be asked to go about their daily business and turn on the lights for an hour to recognise ''the incredible accomplishments of the human race''.

It will be held at the same time as WWF's Earth Hour, for which people are urged to turn their lights off to promote efforts to mitigate global warming.

Human Achievement Hour was founded last year by the US free market think tank the Competitive Enterprise Institute as a reaction to Earth Hour.

In Australia the Conservative Leadership Foundation, founded and chaired by Senator Bernardi, is promoting the event on its website and on Facebook.

''While Earth Hour activists will be left in the dark, Human Achievement Hour participants will be going to the cinema, enjoying a hot meal, driving their car or watching television,'' the foundation's website states.

The foundation's campaign includes posters and brochures; one poster proclaims: ''Don't be stuck in the dark with the Communists. Turn your lights on!''

Senator Bernardi said yesterday the campaign was not his idea and is being run by university students who volunteer at his think tank.

His connection to the campaign is likely to embarrass key Liberals, including the shadow environment minister, Greg Hunt, who has pledged his support for Earth Hour.

Earth Hour is organised by the WWF and sponsored by Fairfax, the owner of the Herald.

This year's Earth Hour, and Human Achievement Hour, will be held on Saturday between 8.30pm and 9.30pm.

Blog comments Your Say

  • What else would one expect from a party that promotes Liberal Party individuals such as Barnaby Joyce & Tony Abbott. I'm surprised they haven't encouraged people to drive around needlessly for a few hours, just to add a few more tonnes of CO2 to the atmospehere... And they wonder why the standard of university education has become such a joke~!

    Lenny Sunday 28 March, 2010 - 3:11 PM
  • earth hour , what a great way to relieve our guilt about the environment.

    Mark Sunday 28 March, 2010 - 9:42 AM
  • So the w---er brigade is going to sit in the dark for an hour to justify and give themselves permission to enjoy life for next 365 days at 24hours and say how green am I.

    brad Saturday 27 March, 2010 - 12:46 PM

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