We are coming closer to doomsday, according to the Bulletin of Atomic Scientists, as they move the iconic doomsday clock two minutes forward, now it sits at 3 minutes to midnight.
“Today, unchecked climate change and a nuclear arms race resulting from modernization of huge arsenals pose extraordinary and undeniable threats to the continued existence of humanity. And world leaders have failed to act with the speed or on the scale required to protect citizens from potential catastrophe,” Kennette Benedict, executive director of the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists, said in the report from the Bulletin of Atomic Scientists.
“These failures of leadership endanger every person on Earth,” reported FOX31 Denver.
A skeptical journalist pointed out that the bulletin has been moving the clock periodically for 68 years, yet the world hasn’t ended so far, so “why believe it this time?”
The panel members’ response was to point out that they are “not in the business of forecasting” so much as warning the world of its plight, reported PHYS.org.
In this case the clock can be viewed as a form of probabilistic rhetoric.
The Bulletin of Atomic Scientists was founded by some of the people who worked on the Manhattan Project. One of them, nuclear physicist Alexander Langsdorf, was married to the artist Martyl Langsdorf. She created the clock and set it at seven minutes to midnight, or 11:53, for the cover of the group’s magazine. According to The Washington Post, her husband moved the time four minutes later in 1949.
Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists wrote:
“The clock ticks now at just three minutes to midnight because international leaders are failing to perform their most important duty…
… ensuring and preserving the health and vitality of human civilization.”
It may be time for governments to make some real change, but I think it’s also us, the citizens, who need to change. What do you think?