Doomsday Clock slogans: Pick your favorite

By Dawn Stover | April 9, 2020

2020 doomsday clock unveiling 100 seconds to midnight

Shortly before the Bulletin moved its Doomsday Clock from two minutes to midnight to 100 seconds to midnight, Professor Jean du Preez polled his winter-term class at Middlebury College to find out where students thought the Clock should be set; most of the students recommended a setting between 60 and 90 seconds to midnight. Du Preez also asked the students to come up with slogans for the Clock, and then the students voted for their favorites.

Below are a few of the slogans the students wrote. Choose your favorite, and we’ll tell you which one the class picked, along with the latest poll results. We also invite you to submit your own slogan in the comments section below.


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Mark A Payne
Mark A Payne

It’s not too late to turn back now.

Sean Villariasa
Sean Villariasa

I’m thinking of Madonna and Justin Timberlake – 4 mins, when I voted the 100 seconds to midnight.

Jaime Demick
Jaime Demick

100 seconds to midnight: closer than ever to human-designed disaster

Dean Hunkele
Dean Hunkele

”Sanctions – the only deterrent”

Allen Lee Puckett
Allen Lee Puckett

Grim reaper holding a pocket watch

Dennis Wong
Dennis Wong

To Be Nukes or Not To Be
Act Now – Live or Die

Dale P. Deacon

“Enrich life, not uranium” is clever, but the bulletin is tracking technological disruption and environmental catastrophe too, so I think these are a little too nuclear-oriented… Maybe something a bit more abstract like “Building a better world for humanity” might be more fitting.

Carroll macintosh

Make the world better not worse.


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