The Bulletin of the Atomic Scientist is what is more popularly known as The Dooms Day Clock. They keep watch over the happenings around the world as use the clock as a way of showing us how close we really are to extinction either by nuclear warfare or Climate Change.
These are some statements from their latest bulletin that I believe are in touch with reality and important to understanding why we, Global Environmental Warriors, exists. We also take this very seriously and are doing our part in an International grassroots effort the move the minute hand away from midnight.
I left the link below so you can read the whole statement. These are from the most current bulletin put out earlier this year, 2019.
“The new abnormal describes a moment in which fact is becoming indistinguishable from fiction, undermining our very abilities to develop and apply solutions to the big problems of our time. The new abnormal risks emboldening autocrats and lulling citizens around the world into a dangerous sense of anomie and political paralysis.”
“… We argued that world leaders not only failed to deal adequately with nuclear and climate threats, they increased them “through a variety of provocative statements and actions, including careless rhetoric about the use of nuclear weapons and the wanton defiance of scientific truths.”
” Two years later, it has become even clearer that “the intentional corruption of the information ecosystem” threatens to undermine the rational discourse needed to address such challenges. The 2019 statement therefore goes on to provide a framework for how citizens can begin to organize themselves and respond.”
“On the climate change front, global carbon dioxide emissions—which seemed to plateau earlier this decade—resumed an upward climb in 2017 and 2018. To halt the worst effects of climate change, the countries of the world must cut net worldwide carbon dioxide emissions to zero by well before the end of the century. By such a measure, the world community failed dismally last year. At the same time, the main global accord on addressing climate change—the 2015 Paris agreement—has become increasingly beleaguered. The United States announced it will withdraw from that pact, and at the December climate summit in Poland, the United States allied itself with Russia, Saudi Arabia, and Kuwait (all major petroleum-producing countries) to undercut an expert report on climate change impacts that the Paris climate conference had itself commissioned.”
Read the full statement from The Bulletin of the Atomic Scientist .
From the bulletin, this IS what we can do amongst a backdrop of other potentially apocalyptic dangers such as: human genome editing, AI used in military weapons, disease, cyber warfare and misinformation.
US citizens should demand climate action from their government. Climate change is a serious and worsening threat to humanity. Citizens should insist that their governments acknowledge it and act accordingly. President Trump’s decision to withdraw the United States from the Paris climate change agreement was a dire mistake. The Trump administration should revisit that decision, which runs counter to credible science.
Today, citizens in every country can use the power of the Internet to fight against social media disinformation and improve the long-term prospects of their children and grandchildren. They can insist on facts, and discount nonsense. They can demand action to reduce the existential threat of nuclear war and unchecked climate change.
Given the inaction of their leaders to date, citizens of the world should make a loud and clear demand: #RewindTheDoomsdayClock.
Aside from doing these necessary things, we also aim to do our own part in reducing our footprint however we also recognize that without the help of governments and cooperation from corporations our own efforts can only go so far for many reason but not limited to:
- The cost of switching to solar or other renewable or sustainable resources are still out of reach for most people. To make the biggest impact, we know we have to get the biggest offenders of our economies to switch. That alone would, IMO, make a significant impact and do so rapidly.
- Having access to more things like charging ports for electric vehicles as well as making the switch more affordable and within reach AND to make clean vehicles for the shipping and construction industries as well as personal vehicles that people need/want such as SUVs and trucks for their own business and needs.
- Food packaging via the grocery store AND restaurants. Most of the foods we buy are prepackaged and wasteful and many of the packagings aren’t recyclable.
- The fashion industry that not only exploits and pollutes the Earth but also exploits workers as well as the people who buy their goods by hiding the facts behind how their products are produced and distributed.
Those are just a few of the biggest stumbling blocks regular everyday people face and why it’s necessary to get the governments involved to change it for the good of having a future without necessarily disrupting the everyday lives of people while also improving the lives of workers and creating more jobs by nature of this overwhelming overhaul that needs to start 30 years ago.
It is my opinion that more people would accept the changes that NEED to be made if they also didn’t feel the guilt of knowing that we are the primary cause AND being in a situation where it’s difficult to make those changes for reasons such as:
- Local governments not doing enough to make recycling more accessible.
- Living in a home or community where they do not have the power or authority to demand the switch to renewable resources without also increasing their already absurd rents.
- And sadly, not having enough money in general to buy the things that aren’t just healthier but better for our world.
Regardless of the many obstacles that stand in our way, we are also dedicated to making small changes that CAN cause change. By our part, it may seem small but a million people doing one small change is still a million people who chose to do something instead of nothing.