The Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists (BAS) is hosted a live international media conference on Thursday to announce the Doomsday Clock was moving to read, 11:57 p.m. The Doomsday Clock created as a part of the Manhattan Project has begun to tick more quickly and loudly in recent years.
The last time the Doomsday Clock minute hand was moved was in January 2012 when the hand moved forward from six minutes until midnight to five. In 2012 the BAS cited the reasons for moving the minute hand on the Doomsday Clock by referencing the difficulty in harnessing nuclear power, potential for nuclear weapons use in the Middle East, and inability to remove nuclear weapons from the world. The Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists also stated that climate change was a factor in the minute arm movement.
The Doomsday Clock minute hand has been moved 18 times since the global collapse time piece was created in 1947. Each inching up of the minute hand represents the chances of survival in the face of pending threats, as determined by the scientists of the BAS.
Manhattan Project scientists created the symbolic Doomsday Clock in 1947 to illustrate how close the world is edging to a global catastrophe. Doomsday Clock scientists monitor threats such as nuclear disasters and general global unrest which could spark a worldwide domino effect on the economy, health, and basically, the end of the world as we know it – TEOTWAWKI. Midnight represents a doomsday event, or when threats to humanity will come to a head and cause a global collapse.
Climate change, nuclear weapons, emerging technologies all figured in Clock move. Science and Security Board explains http://t.co/VPWrxLZro2
— BulletinOfTheAtomic (@BulletinAtomic) January 23, 2015
The doomsday scenarios discussed during the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists press conferences included terrorism, nuclear modernization, and climate change. Although many discount the dangers that climate change allegedly presents, the topic is now reportedly a major consideration for the group which control minute arm of the Doomsday Clock.
“Today, unchecked climate change and a nuclear arms race resulting from modernization of huge arsenals pose extraordinary and undeniable threats to the continued existence of humanity. And world leaders have failed to act with the speed or on the scale required to protect citizens from potential catastrophe,” Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists Executive Director Kennette Benedict, said. “These failures of leadership endanger every person on Earth.”
— AJ+ (@ajplus) January 23, 2015
Members of the BAS include 18 Nobel Laureates. The decision to move the minute hand on the Doomsday Clock is made by the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists Board of Directors in conjunction with its Board of Sponsors. The University of Chicago founded the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists in 1945. The university scientist also helped developed the first atomic weapons in the Manhattan Project. The Doomsday Clock was established after their atomic bombs were dropped upon Nagasaki and Hiroshima to help put an end to World War II.
Despite what type TEOTWAWKI scenario prompted the Doomsday Clock minute hands to be moved ever closer to the stroke of midnight, the need to focus on preparedness is clear. If a nuclear weapon is detonated in the United States, could you feed your family? Long term food storage, cases upon cases of bottled water, and medical supplies will surely be needed. In addition to possessing weapons, medical equipment, and scores of buckets of long term food storage items, the knowledge to use the survival gear properly is tantamount to the survival of your family.
Sure, heating up the long term storage entree from a #10 can sounds as simple as can be, but sight, sounds, and smell discipline must be maintained to prevent the marauding hordes from snatching all your food buckets right out of your hands. Stockpiling heirloom seeds to grow your own healthy produce to supplement the long term food storage items is likely part of any preppers plan, but do you know the safety protocols for planting after a nuclear incident?
“Efforts at reducing global emissions of heat-trapping gases have so far been entirely insufficient to prevent unacceptable climate disruption,” BAS scientist Richard Somerville said. “We all need to respond now, while there is still time.”
If the Doomsday Clock keepers are correct in their belief that a TEOTWAWKI climate change incident could soon take place, will you still be able to maintain a garden, farm or ranch? Did you factor more than enough long term food storage into your preparedness or self-reliance plan to compensate for the entire season of lost beef, dairy, and produce you had expected to harvest? As the old adage goes, knowledge is power – but we need to also remember, planning is key. The “two is one, one is none” prepper mantra should remain a constant in your mind when planning survival purchases and training.
To prevent becoming overwhelmed, plan as if you and your family will need to survive entirely on your own for one month, then three months, and so on, as your budget allows. While the possibility of nuclear war brings with it a unique set of challenges due to the contamination of the water supply and topsoil, a veteran prepper realizes that a plan A, B, and C are necessary for any type of long term disaster scenario. Water can become contaminated in multiple doomsday scenarios. Crops and livestock can die or tending to them become too dangerous for a variety of reasons as well.As my learned preparedness mentors Rick Austin (the survivalist gardener) Survivor Jane, and Scott Hunt of Practical Preppers taught me early on in my journey to self-reliance, doomsday scenarios vary, but the essential preps needed in order to survive basically remain the same.
Those of us who consider us a part of the prepper community are not surprised or even startled by the Doomsday Clock minute hand being moved closer to midnight. But, we should still use the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists warnings as a teachable moment. Review your preps and compare how the stores would stand up against a TEOTWAWKI nuclear war or massive climate change event and then do as my beloved Marine brother-in-law would suggest – (prepared to)adapt and overcome.