Thursday, January 18, 2007

Doomsday Clock - Wake up Call

I have lived with the "Doomsday Clock" and the threat of nuclear conflagration most of my life. Now cosmologist Stephen Hawking has noted that climate change stands alongside nuclear weapons as one of the greatest threat to the future of the world. A January 18, 2007 article in "The Independent" by Science Editor Steve Connor is titled, "Hawking warns: We must recognise the catastrophic dangers of climate change."

A "Wake Up" call has been issued by so many people, for so many years, about these issues that it is hard for me to comprehend why global citizens are not much more vocal and active in attempts to turn back the Doomsday Clock. As noted in posts in this blog I believe Social Networking applications being developed on the Internet will provide new ways for people to "Wake Up" and become much more involved in local, regional, national and global ecosystem issues.

Instead, in the article Connor notes that Hawking "was speaking at the Royal Society in London yesterday at a conference organised by the Bulletin of Atomic Scientists which has decided to move the minute hand of its "Doomsday Clock" forward to five minutes to midnight to reflect the increased dangers faced by the world.

While exploring the links for this post I found an interesting question Stephan Hawking had asked on Yahoo Answers. Over 25,000 responses were recorded with one being chosen as a best answer to his question: How can the human race survive the next hundred years?

This is an example of a type of dialogue that is beginning to develop in the Internet that we should encourage and participate in.

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