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Race Against Time to Save the World

Posted by Theresa Shaffer on January 27, 2015

Bulletin of Atomic Scientists breaking news: It’s 3 minutes to midnight. Do you know where your nukes are? PSR members work the media in our  race against time to save the world from climate change and nuclear weapons.

On Thursday, January 22, 2015, the Bulletin of Atomic Scientists (BAS) advanced their “Doomsday Clock” from 5 minutes to midnight to 3 minutes to midnight. (Midnight represents a symbolic doomsday.) The last time the minute hand was this close to doomsday was in 1984, when U.S.-Soviet relations had reached one of their iciest points and dialogue between the two superpowers virtually stopped.

The rationale behind the BAS advancing the clock by 3 minutes this year is as follows:   

“Unchecked climate change, global nuclear weapons modernizations, and outsized nuclear weapons arsenals pose extraordinary and undeniable threats to the continued existence of humanity, and world leaders have failed to act with the speed or on the scale required to protect citizens from potential catastrophe.” (Read the BAS press release here)

PSR members in eight states across the US wrote op-eds, letters to the editor, and went on their local radio stations to advise the public of the need to take action NOW to save the world from climate change and nuclear security risks. Thanks to everyone who participated for all your hard work!  And if the Doomsday Clock was featured in your local paper, write a letter to the editor about it!  

You can access some of the media coverage here:

PSR President Lynn Ringenberg Op-Ed in CNN

Ira Helfand radio appearance on Bill Newman Show

Bob Dodge Op-Ed in Common Dreams:

Paul Deaton Letter to the Editor in the North Liberty Leader (page A3)

David Barash Op-Ed in LA Times

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