I suppose that 100 seconds is 1 minute 40 seconds, a strange way to measure time but the reason why scientists now measure in seconds instead of minutes on the Doomsday Clock is because we are so close to Midnight which is the end of the World that minutes won’t do anymore. We only have seconds left if our leaders do not act to bring us back from the brink.
The Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists said today (Thursday) that the change was due to nuclear proliferation, failure to tackle climate change and cyber-based disinformation.
The clock now stands at its closest to doomsday since it began ticking in 1947. The idea began in 1947 to warn humanity of the dangers of nuclear war. The clock was first created by US scientists who worked on the Manhattan Project, which developed the world’s first nuclear weapon.
The Board who makes the decision to advance the hands on the doomsday clock is composed of 13 Nobel Laureates in science and this year they are joined in their decision by The Elders, a group of international leaders and former officials first founded by Nelson Mandela in 2007.
The World is now under threat by powerful leaders who denigrate and discard the most effective methods for addressing complex threats. DAVOS Economic Summit is taking place this year and we heard President Trump laugh at Greta Thunberg and dismiss all concerns on climate change. Today he proposed to dismantle more environmental protection in the USA and he gets applause by his base. Humanity is delusional at this point and we are all a little guilty of it.
What is sad is the fact that so many people are simply unaware of the threat to our survival. In Canada 85% of Canadians are very concerned by Climate change but next to no one wants to do anything about it. Not my problem is the most common comment you will hear from people, won’t pay for change and won’t change consumer habits. So then there is no hope and the end is closer than most people think. If you go to the BBC News website you can see the full story, does not make for happy reading.