Opinion

It’s Not the End of the World — Yet

Courtesy of U.S. Strategic CommandOn Aug. 8, an explosion occured in Northern Russia causing a radiation spike in the area. This was earily reminiscent of the Chernobyl incident April 26, 1986 which involved the meltdown of a nuclear reactor.

Take a quick peek at the headlines on Twitter and it’ll seem like the world’s on fire. Like literally on fire. 

Glaciers are melting, the Amazon is burning, the economy is dipping and the relationship between the United States and Russia seems to be returning to a Cold War state. Everyone is upset and outraged at everyone else ­— who are reciprocating by also being upset and outraged. Maybe it’s the end of the world, or maybe it’s just another day on planet Earth.

People should be concerned and worried. These are troubling times and there’s nothing more troubling than an impending Armageddon. 

An explosion which occurred in northern Russia Aug. 8 was explained to be a failed attempt at a nuclear powered missile test by Russian officials. 

The news of this test was reported on by multiple western news sources, including the BBC and The New York Times. With Russia currently developing missiles that can breach US defenses, a new arms race might be just over the horizon.

Everyone’s testing their missiles for some unknown date in the future. Suddenly, there is no longer that sense of safety which had set in through the years since the disbanding of the Soviet Union. A safety that came from a booming economy in the ’90s, which implied the struggles of the 1900’s are a thing of the past. With no real plan for nuclear disarmament for the U.S. or Russia, the threat of nuclear war has been a sleeping monster and now its eyes fluttered open. 

The difference between current tensions and those in the Cold War is this is no longer a size comparison. This is big brain time.

Same goes for the global warming crisis. Humans have damaged the planet to a naturally irreversible extent. An article  —“Nope, Earth Isn’t Cooling”  —published on NASA’s blog in July labeled, explained how the Earth’s temperature has been rising at an alarming rate and it will not be cooling any time in the foreseeable future. Don’t hang your head in defeat just yet because there is still hope.

During the Cold War, there was a lot of support for engineering and technological advancements. The Space Race — where the US and Soviet Union competed in being the first to reach orbit — was a way for the two nations to demonstrate their ballistic missile technology to the world as each tried to out-do the other. The same technology would later put a man on the moon. 

During times like these, humans have shone their brightest. This isn’t the first time we have been to the point where we can see our own extinction beginning. For thousands of years people have used technology to continue living, from the use of basic tools for creating shelter to the developing of medicines for eradicating diseases. 

Maybe the resurgence of an arms race between the United States and Russia will give us enough of a technology boost to come up with solutions for our impending doom. Or it could be possible that this could shift focus on to the Green New Deal which will allocate funds into ideas such as renewable energy and resource efficiency.

The point is people should worry about what’s going on but not about how it’ll impact them. Don’t leave these problems for a future generation to fix because they might not be able to do it. If there is a chance for us to save the world then it has to be done right now.

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