Doomsday Clock @ 23rd January 2015
By Graham Dull
Three — Minutes — to — Midnight
To quote the ABC News (23rd January 2015)
“BREAKING NEWS — The Doomsday Clock moved closer to midnight after rising threat from climate change, nuclear arsenals”
Source — ABC News: http://www.abc.net.au/news/2015-01-23/doomsday-clock-moved-closer-to-midnight/6040208
The Doomsday Clock is set up and maintained by the members of the Science and Security Board of the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists. It was first established in 1947.
The Scientists’ Clock is a calculated measure of serious threats to the world’s health and future, and it “now stands at three minutes to midnight, or doomsday.”
WHAT ARE SCIENTISTS SAYING?
Dr Kennette Benedict, the Bulletin Executive Director, said, “Based on their observations, the members of the the Bulletin of Atomic Scientists’ “Science and Security Board” find the conditions in the world to be so threatening that they’re moving the hands of the Doomsday Clock ‘two minutes’ closer to midnight. It is now ‘three minutes to midnight.'”
Three minutes to midnight — three minutes to Doomsday!
Just what are scientists trying to tell us?
TIME MARCHES ON
Of course, the three remaining minutes are symbolic. We’ve got more than three minutes remaining — at least we think we do.
But there is no denying that we just cannot simply take our beautiful world for granted.
We need to love it, we need to care for it, and we need to uphold it. It is the only home we have. We cannot just carelessly abuse it, fill it with junk, turn our backs on it, and then abandon it. Where would we go? Such a scenario presents a case of one down, all down. We’re all in this together. What affects you, is sooner or later going to affect me. It affects us all.
Time is marching on.
Dr Benedict has truly challenged us, saying, “The world needs to be awakened from its lethargy and start making changes.”
What is your attitude to the wide, beautiful world around us, and what can you do regarding the potential problems we face?
What do you do?
Do you do anything?
What decisions/commitments should you make?
See video of Dr Benedict’s speech: http://edition.cnn.com/2015/01/23/us/feat-doomsday-clock-three-minutes-midnight/
Photograph above — This creature was photographed near to a Lake (Swamp) in East Maitland, near to ancient Newcastle coal measures.