Humanity remains only 100 seconds from the apocalypse. This is marked by the Doomsday Clock, an indicator that represents the end of humanity in minutes to midnight. Already last year it was placed in its historical record, surpassing the milestones marked by the tensest episodes in the Cold War. And this year it remains in the same position, largely because of the pandemic, but not because of the expansion of the new SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus, but because of poor political decisions in managing the problem around the world. The deadly Covid-19 pandemic serves as a historic ‘wake-up call’, a vivid illustration that governments and international organizations are unprepared to handle threats that can truly end human civilization, such as nuclear weapons and climate change, said in a statement those responsible for this initiative, the Bulletin of the Board of Science and Safety of Atomic Scientists in consultation with the Board of Sponsors of the Bulletin, which includes 13 Nobel laureates.
Founded in 1945 by Albert Einstein and scientists at the University of Chicago who helped develop the first atomic weapons in the Manhattan Project, the Bulletin of Atomic Scientists created the Doomsday Clock two years later, using the images of the apocalypse, translated like midnight, and the countdown to zero, as in nuclear experiments, to convey threats to humanity and the planet. Over time, the Clock has become an indicator of the world’s vulnerability to catastrophes caused by nuclear weapons, climate change, and disruptive technologies in other areas. In short, how man is promoting his self-destruction.
THE NUCLEAR THREAT AND CLIMATE CHANGE, MORE DANGEROUS THAN THE CORONAVIRUS
Specifically, the representatives of the Bulletin of Atomic Scientists call for the elimination of all nuclear weapons, of which there are still more than 13,000 worldwide. The potential for the world to fall into nuclear war, a danger always present in the last 75 years, increased in 2020, they say. Furthermore, despite the pandemic stopping carbon dioxide emissions from landfills in its tracks, the scientists warn, Over the next decade, the use of fossil fuels must be drastically reduced if the worst effects of climate change are to be avoided. The massive wildfires and tropical cyclones of 2020 are illustrations of the great devastation that will only increase if governments do not significantly and rapidly scale up their efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions to zero.
Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, co-chair of the WHO Independent Panel for Pandemic Preparedness and Response, winner of the Nobel Peace Prize, and former president of Liberia sends a message of hope regarding the election of the new president of the United States. The new Joe Biden’s presidency has an opportunity to reaffirm America’s commitments to the values and institutions of multilateralism; there is no other way for humanity to overcome the dangers posed by pandemics, climate change and the risk of nuclear war. Even so, they warn that there is still a long way to go on the road to end the production of nuclear weapons, combat the challenge of climate change, and raise awareness of the danger of the misuse of new technologies.