For whom the clock ticks

Canscene) I read the chilling news that the Doomsday Clock had advanced by two minutes closer to midnight with a great sense of foreboding.

The Clock is a symbolic clock face maintained since 1947 by the Board of Directors of the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists at the University of Chicago. It appears on the cover of every issue.

It uses the analogy of the human race at a time that is “minutes to midnight” where midnight represents total destruction by nuclear war.

The clock now stands at five minutes to midnight but while there’s always the chance that the human race will draw back from the brink of atomic warfare as it has before, there’s a parallel menace to humanity now: Global warming.

The topsy turvey weather conditions the world has been undergoing should be telling us all something. We have the power to control our actions, to retreat from adversarial positions to ban all nuclear weapons, but against Mother Nature, we have no defence other than to stop tampering and start believing that the time for action is now.

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