Who decides what peril we are in and who gets to choose whether or not the clock changes? What does it mean to be 6 minutes until midnight when I’m looking at my own clock and we’re just after noon. I just don’t understand.
Quick research has told me this much:
“The hands of the clock move in response to changing world events, marching forward or back depending on the state of the world and the prospects of nuclear war.
When the Doomsday Clock debuted in 1947, the Cold War between the United States and the Soviet Union was occurring, with the time showing seven minutes to midnight. The time has since changed 18 times.” – source MSNBC
Okay…so…what some fanatic scientist out there, or perhaps a group of drama queens are behind this..? I still don’t get it.
ABC News reports that, “A group of international scientists this morning announced that they are moving the hands of the symbolic “Doomsday Clock” away from midnight — or the figurative apocalypse — but only by one minute.”
Today, at a press conference in New York, the Bulletin announced that despite the looming threats of nuclear weapons and climate change, it would move the hands of the clock from five to six minutes before midnight. The Bulletin of Atomic Scientists, which manages the clock issued a statement saying that, “We are poised to bend the arc of history toward a world free of nuclear weapons. For the first time since atomic bombs were dropped in 1945, leaders of nuclear weapons states are cooperating to vastly reduce their arsenals and secure all nuclear bomb-making material. And for the first time ever, industrialized and developing countries alike are pledging to limit climate-changing gas emissions that could render our planet nearly uninhabitable.”
After beginning to sift through the information given to me by, commenter Sarah, I am now understanding this a little bit more. The Bulletin press release from today explains why the minute hand was moved one minute further away from midnight. The further away from midnight, the more hope that signifies (in my opinion). The scientists at The Bulletin state, “By shifting the hand back from midnight by only one additional minute, we emphasize how much needs to be accomplished, while at the same time recognizing signs of collaboration among the United States, Russia, the European Union, India, China, Brazil, and others on nuclear security and on climate stabilization.”