You may have heard and read a lot of discussion lately about the date of December 21, 2012 being the end of the world as we know it. Some say it is the End of Days and will be the end of human life on our planet. Others think it will be the day when something BIG will happen where the world will not be the same ever again, good or bad.
This date of December 21, 2012 has been important to many for the past few centuries. The Mayan "long calendar" comes to an abrupt end on this day. This is where the phrase "End of Days" comes from. Nostradamus supposedly predicted catastrophes on this date over 500 years ago. Also, on that date, for the first time in 26,000 years, the sun will rise in alignment with the center of the Milky Way and some say this will cause the Earth's poles to switch polarity. This would not be a good thing.
Now, many who believe in this theory look to the current state of our planet as more evidence that the likelihood of something catastrophic happening soon is possible. The planet is getting warmer causing melting of ice caps. Many areas are drying up and water supply is more scarce. The increase in the number of dangerous hurricanes, earthquakes, tornados and typhoons. More deadly disease around the world, not in just poor countries. Also, the demand for oil has peaked and many, many others.
The December 2012 theory has gone mainstream. CNN.com had an article titled "Apocalypse in 2012? Date Spawns Theories, Film". The film the article refers to is "2012", which comes out in November of 2009 and stars John Cusack and is directed by Roland Emmerich (Independence Day, The Day After Tomorrow). Find out more about the movie "2012" here.
Whether or not you believe the December 2012 End of Days Theory one thing should be crystal clear. We need to do more to conserve our natural resources in addition to combating climate change. Learn with your children about helping the environment. I don't know about you, but I expect to be here past December 2012 and hope to be surrounded by a greener planet.
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