Of 100 Seconds To Midnight

We have no plan(et) B so we have to make the best of what we have. If all of the existence were packed into a clock, then humans have been around for just under 30 seconds. Imagine 4.6 billion years of existence compressed into a clock it would show us something like this:

4.6 billion years represented in 24 hours
UW-Madison

Don’t ask me what happens when the time runs out but there’s a 100 seconds to midnight as at the last update of The Doomsday Clock.

Doomsday Clock

The clock, created by the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists (BAS)  in 1947, is a metaphor for how close mankind is to destroying the Earth. The Doomsday Clock has become a universally recognized indicator of the world’s vulnerability to catastrophe from nuclear weapons, climate change, and disruptive technologies in other domains.

What if we tried a different scale:

Compressing 4.6 billion years into a 100-year time frame.

•The Jurassic Age would have happened last year.
•Mankind arrived here two weeks ago.
•We started using fossil fuels for energy only five minutes ago.
if we want to save the environment from irreversible destruction, we must act in the next four seconds.

 Has that gotten your attention?

I bet you have noticed, how summer is getting hotter, how there’s so many floods and storms yet also so many droughts, each year we harvest less and less…. Does the sunset look red for longer is that normal or ominous?

The sky was red.
Not the usual streak of red of sunset.
but the red of a world in flames,
red as everything else turned to ashes.

To be frank, I can’t think of anything I have actively done to heal the world,I can do better; what about you?

~B


Week 4: Stories Of Our World WinterABC

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