Wednesday, January 17, 2007

The Tick Tock Of The Doomsday Clock. . .

I have been meaning to revive the World Day of Conscience blog for some time now. A variety of circumstances and distractions kept me from posting anything new for several months but I have felt the need to start promoting and organizing the next observance of World Day of Conscience set for August 1st, 2008 for some time now. Today's news that the Doomsday Clock has been set forward by a few minutes due to the dangers posed by global warming and unresolved nuclear arms tensions had given me the push to at least get started again. I posted a comment on The Guardian newspaper's Comment Is Free blog that I will reproduce here -

RobinEdgar January 18, 2007 02:25 AM

Global warming may actually be a greater threat to humanity, to say nothing of other species, than nuclear war. A combination of global warming and nuclear war could be particularly catastrophic for life on Earth. Human conflicts brought on by climactic changes caused by global warming could provoke major wars including nuclear war. Human beings would do well to take the threat posed by global warming every bit as seriously as the threat of nuclear war.

The second observance of World Day of Conscience will take place on August 1st, 2008 when the total solar eclipse "Eye of God" will symbolically "look down from the heavens" upon the Earth's Arctic regions. Global warming is having a serious effect on the Arctic regions. This second observance of World Day of Conscience takes place about a week before the 63rd anniversaries of the dropping of the atomic bomb on the Japanese cities of Hiroshima and Nagasaki and the path of totality of the August 1, 2008 total solar eclipse follows a trajectory similar to that of a nuclear missile flying over the Arctic between America and Russia or China. For these reason I believe that it is appropriate for the second observance of World Day of Conscience to place an emphasis on the prevention of nuclear war and dealing with global warming.

More information about World Day of Conscience may be found on the World Day of Conscience blog which I will try to update soon.

See - http://worlddayofconscience.blogspot.com

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