What is the Doomsday Clock?

How close are we to destroying the planet? Scientists are telling the world one tick at a time. 🕚

The manmade end of humanity

Since 1947, the Doomsday Clock has been a visual metaphor indicating how close we are to the manmade end of humanity — represented by the clock’s midnight.

Rachel Bronson, the Executive Director of the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists, explains, “The clock is a metaphor for how close we are from destroying the planet. It is a summary view of leading experts deeply engaged in the existential challenges of our time.”

The clock has been moved 24 times already The Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists originally set the clock at 7 minutes to midnight. It’s been moved 24 times based on threats to humanity like nuclear proliferation and climate change.

In 2007, Kennette Benedict, who was the Executive Director of the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists at the time, revealed, “The Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists is moving the minute hand of the Doomsday clock two minutes closer to midnight. It is now five minutes to midnight. This change reflects global failures to solve the problems solved by nuclear weapons and by climate change.”

It currently stands at 100 seconds to midnight the closest it’s ever been In 2020, Jerry Brown, a member of the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists, has shown extreme concern about the issue. He has questioned, “How else can we wake up the Democrats, the Republicans, the Independents, the millionaires, the billionaires, the media owners who carry on their lives as though they're on the Titanic about ready to hit an iceberg and they're not worried?”

Furthermore, Ban Ki-moon, the Former U.N. Secretary General, declared, “The United States must, somehow, begin to demonstrate global leadership. At the federal level too. Without it, we cannot hope to meet the targets that will keep global warming to manageable levels.”

A call to action While it’s ultimately just a symbol it serves as a stark warning and a call to action to ensure survival of the human race.

“If governments are not acting to protect you as they should, you need to take the lead. You need to demand action. It is not yet midnight, and we have moved back from the brink in the past. Whether we do so in the future, may be in your hands,” Lawrence Krauss, from the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists, informed the public.


02/09/2020 11:02 AM


  • Mike D.
    02/20/2020 14:19

    This is so arbitrary that is actually doesn’t even matter

  • Soro S.
    02/17/2020 15:07

    Volcanoes waking up all over the place...massive flooding all over the place...massive fires all over the place...more tornadoes than ever recorded all over the place...Hurricanes increasing in intensity and deadlier than ever...polar icecaps melting at record rates. These are just the beginning of labor pains...we ain't seen NOTHING yet!

  • Bucky M.
    02/15/2020 20:56

    Come on scientists... this will be the 5th time you will say its doomdays just like on 2012....

  • Jack V.
    02/14/2020 00:24

    We can destroy ourselves but we cannot destroy the planet it may take a few million years but the planet will heal

  • Martin I.
    02/13/2020 12:15

    We will be around for a long time we will mutate and adapt to our current state of morphism in its time.

  • John Y.
    02/13/2020 01:02

    same old crap big money polluters telling the little guy he must give up everything so the big money guys can keep doing what they always have done. IT'S ALL ABOUT NAZI CONTROL OVER THE LITTLE GUY

  • Walter B.
    02/10/2020 08:12

    Humans will be the next dinosaurs,exept we didn't last millions of years.

  • Babar Y.
    02/10/2020 08:02

    Planet is here to stay until the judgement day. Its us we need to worry about.

  • Babar Y.
    02/10/2020 07:59

    Not the planet actually its us

  • William O.
    02/09/2020 23:51

    😒😒that clock has been around 11:55 since the 70s whatever

  • Rhianda
    02/09/2020 18:54

    You better start repairing the planet, stop the war or we will all be destroyed

  • Lloyd L.
    02/09/2020 14:37

    Money won't bring the planet back only greedy people

  • Alan S.
    02/09/2020 14:05

    The Planet is fine no matter what we do it will continue to travel on it's way,HUMANS not so much.

  • Sean R.
    02/09/2020 13:30


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