Saturday, March 12, 2016

A Survey

Matthew Loucas


Alright, it's March 9th. Trump is running for president, North Korea is threatening to start a nuclear war, climate change looms closer with no definite end, blah, blah blah. We, as highschoolers, are going to inherit the mantle of responsibility for the protection of our blue planet. I'd like to say I'm feeling optimistic. How about you? We're the largest group of dreamers humanity has ever seen. Accepting and loving almost to a fault. But while I am a natural optimist, some might be skeptical about how dire our circumstances really are.

I took a survey of my 3rd period English class. The question was: "Is the world going to end in the next  100 years."

Very vague. I just wanted to get a basic idea on the outlook of our future according to our peers.

Here were the results:

Out of 14 people… 4 believe the world would end, 9 think we're safe for another hundred years, and 1 is unsure.

Things are seeming to be looking up. But just to be sure I'd like to see aha science has to say before I give my final verdict.

An invention founded by The Bulletin of Atomic Scientists (http://thebulletin.org/timeline) might have the answers to the bleak prospect of Armageddon. The Doomsday Clock is a symbol representing the  likelihood of the end of the word. The closer it is to midnight the greater the chance of extinction. The clock is currently 3 minutes from midnight. It's the closest to midnight since 1984, the apex of the cold war.

Yikes. This is in factor to the current direction of climate change and our ever increasing nuclear arsenal. Topped off with groups of radical terrorists it's clear to see why scientists are biting their nails.

That's it. A word of warning. We have a chance to change the world. But as things look bleaker and bleaker only ignorance can be our downfall.

Thanks for reading.

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