When the Board of Directors of the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists at the University of Chicago announced the Doomsday Clock in 1947, it focused on the probability of nuclear weapons destroying the Earth. The Doomsday Clock had the wrong focus.
It is the bullet that you don’t hear that kills you. In much the same way, climate change is a silent killer that people still have trouble identifying. The problem is that unlike a single bullet, climate change is a wave that is gathering strength and force.
By the time that people finally hear it, it will be far too late to do anything about the problem. Like sand on the seashore, mankind will just have to take the beating that the planet gives and hope that the species can survive.
The average person can take steps to reduce his or her carbon footprint, but true change can only come when policy makers and corporations realize that climate change will eventually shutdown markets and governments in such a way that no negotiations will be able to reopen them.
In 2006, the scientists changed the focus of the Doomsday Clock to include climate change. The overwhelming evidence supports that climate change is man-made. As long as policy makers refuse to hear the truth and continue to fight for short term profits over long term security, the people of United States and the world will face total destruction.