The Doomsday Clock, created at the University of Chicago by the Bulletin of Atomic Scientists in 1947, is meant to metaphorically alert humanity to our midnight march, signaling nuclear annihilation.
Originally set at seven minutes to midnight, it withdrew to 17 minutes from Armageddon with the breakup of the Soviet Union in 1991, having reached just two minutes to midnight in 1953 at the height of the Cold War. .
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In 2007, the Bulletin began to consider climate change, which, along with the absence of nuclear disarmament, continued to advance the minute hand.
In 2016, when 88,000 voters from three swing states introduced climate denial and a withdrawal from the nuclear deal in the White House, the Bulletin again set the end of the world clock to two minutes before midnight. And this month, the Bulletin moved the clock forward again, this time by 20 seconds, leaving Adios Mother Earth with just 100 more ticks.
Why? Because the man in the White House pulled the United States out of the 2015 Paris Climate Agreement, feverishly promotes fossil fuel development, pulled the United States out of the Iran nuclear deal, and brought the United States to the brink of war with Iran.
The Doomsday Clock seems to tell all of us that it’s time for him to go.
Walt Zlotow, Glen Ellyn
Obama Center building design must go
I agree with a reader who wrote yesterday that the main building of the future Obama Presidential Center is in need of an overhaul. I’ve had this thought since day one. The structure would work better in a desert than in a park.
Barb Czarnecki, Portage Park