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Doomsday Clock to be Reset Next Week

The Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists' Doomsday Clock symbolised how close we are to total catastrophe due to human-generated existential threats. It is currently set at only two minutes to midnight. When reset on Thursday 23rd January at 3:00pm GMT it is predicted to be closer still because of the continued climate emergency and risk of nuclear war. Both are heightened by new threats to democracy across the world. 

Scottish CND chair Lynn Jamieson said:

"The planet is in crisis; climate emergency demands total focus but we dare not ignore the nuclear threat. Displacement and conflicts are caused by climate breakdown and raise the probability of wars including nuclear catastrophe. Maintaining a nuclear threat is carbon intensive and heightens the climate emergency. 

Both threats require genuine co-operation across the globe. In the case of nuclear weapons, we have a potentially effective mechanism already in place and backed by a majority of the world's states - the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons. The complete elimination of nuclear weapons is both essential and achievable. 

The recent surge in awareness of climate breakdown has shown how quickly public engagement can change. The same shift must happen in addressing the threat of nuclear catastrophe, especially since the two disaster scenarios are so closely inter-linked."

Scottish CND will issue a statement following next week's reset of the Doomsday Clock.

Contact: Lynn Jamieson: 07974 631397

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