We have all read the stories and seen the movies of a post-apocalyptic world where zombies rule and the survivors barely make it. Some people can’t wait until the world is like that to escape from social norms and some fear the end, but how close are we to a possible apocalyptic ending to our world?
What is the Doomsday Clock?
The doomsday clock shows a time that is ‘something to midnight’. The closer to midnight the hand shows, the closer we are to a man-made catastrophe that will end almost everything we know. It was created in 1947 by the ‘Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists’ Science and Security Board. The clock is an analogy of global destruction by nuclear war and is recognised by global leaders and government officials.
What time is it?
The clock has moved backwards and forwards 23 times since it was created. Since Trump’s inauguration in January 2017, the clock has moved to 2 minutes to midnight which is 30s closer to midnight compared to 2016. The fact that it has only moved 23 times in 70 years and yet has moved so much in one year is shocking and frightening. This is the closest to midnight the clock has been since 1953 after the US tested its first thermonuclear device. It was also 2 minutes to midnight then. The clock was the furthest from midnight in 1991 when it was 17 minutes to midnight, shortly after the fall of the Berlin Wall and the dissolution of the Soviet Union.
What are the consequences?
We all have to hope that the clock moves backward before it moves forward because it if doesn’t then the end will be too close for comfort. If the clock reaches midnight, that means the end is inevitable and it will be the consequence of man and our inability to leave peacefully together. If this happens then life as we know it will end, with millions, maybe even billions of deaths, not including the wildlife and other species of animals. Some of us will survive, maybe the world officials in underground, lead covered bunkers and the lucky few who manage to survive, however, it will not be a pleasant life for those who do survive. There will be no petrol, electricity or food and drinkable water will be scarce. It will be even harder as the majority of people will be unable to grow their own food (due to a lack of knowledge) and infection and plague will rid the world of even more people.
Although this seems like a bleak ending that is very far away, we need to be conscious of the nearing disasters that await mankind with the increasing risk of nuclear weapon use. Let’s just hope that government officials and world leaders stop fighting in time to save the human race and our beloved Earth.