With the turn of the new year, the Doomsday clock was moved closer to midnight than at any previous time. Climate change, overpopulation, pandemics, and global conflict are ever-present threats to the planet. When the inevitable happens, will you be prepared?

So the Doomsday Clock’s hand moved closer to midnight – but what does that even mean and why should it matter to me?

Basically, it means that we as humans are getting closer and closer to the destruction of the world. The worst part is that the clock only takes into account man-made technologies as a threat to the planet! Imagine where the hand would be if medical and environmental factors were also added into the equation. As to the second question, it should matter to anyone who is an inhabitant of Earth, since we only have one planet to live on. If we destroy this one, there is no “Plan B” (at least not in the foreseeable future).

But man-made threats aside, there are still plenty of other threats to the planet. Remember Ebola and the avian flu? They are still around, we just don’t hear about them as much. And while neither of those turned into the major pandemic that was predicted, viruses are always evolving and bacteria are becoming more and more resistant to antibiotics. The possibility of a new bacteria or virus strain sweeping the planet is always there.

Additionally, population growth remains a huge threat to our natural resources. By 2030, a world population of 8.5 billion is expected, and by 2050 that number is expected to hit 9.7 billion. Right now, it’s around 7.5 billion. So over the next 33  years, we will be adding two billion more people onto an already resource-strained planet. That’s two billion more mouths to feed, two billion more people that will need living space, an increased need for private and public transportation, and so much more.

Of course, there are always natural disasters to contend with as well. According to NASA, climate change will lead to stronger hurricanes, rising sea levels, and precipitation pattern changes.

It’s inevitable that at some point, something will go wrong. Wouldn’t it be better to start preparing for that now, rather than scrambling to prepare at the last minute?

Here at the Survival Chest, we want to help you be ready for anything. Check out our Survival Tips blog, where we have been busy adding new posts to help you learn survival skills.

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