The Doomsday Clock is a symbol that warns the public about existential risk. It is a metaphor, a reminder of the perils we must address if we are to survive on the planet.
When the Doomsday Clock was created in 1947, the greatest danger to humanity came from nuclear weapons, in particular from the nuclear arms race between the United States and the Soviet Union. Over time the Bulletin began incorporating other threats such as climate change and disruptive technologies.
This year, the Bulletin’s Science and Security board is taking many factors into consideration in setting the Clock for 2023—from the devastating war in Ukraine to the worsening climate crisis to disruptive technologies like artificial intelligence to growing concerns around biosecurity. The threats that are considered when setting the Clock are grave, horrifying, and not for the faint of heart. But they are not insurmountable. By joining this campaign, you are helping us raise awareness about these threats and helping build a sense of community around addressing them.
The Bulletin invites you to create content of your own to raise awareness about the 2023 Doomsday Clock announcement—whether that be a video explaining what the Doomsday Clock is or a piece of art that communicates how you feel about this precarious moment in history. Please feel free to use the images below as a starting point.
Thank you so much for your participation in this campaign.