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Three Minutes to Midnight

Three Minutes to Midnight

The York Festival of Ideas Launch event will take place at St Peter’s School on Tuesday 7 June from 6pm to 8.45pm.

The Festival event, ‘Three Minutes to Midnight’, is in partnership with St Peter’s School and Stockholm Environment Institute.

Three Minutes to Midnight

Three Minutes to Midnight

Keynote Talks and Chaired Discussion
Exhibitions, Demonstrations and Opening Night Reception

The doomsday clock was created nearly 70 years ago. It serves as a metaphor, representing how close humanity is to a civilization-ending catastrophe. Every year, twenty board members of the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists convene to assess the biggest threats to humanity based on the ongoing threat of climate change, nuclear weapons and geopolitical tensions.

The closest the Doomsday Clock has ever been to midnight was in 1953 when the first tests on the hydrogen bomb were conducted. The latest report, published in January 2016, places us at 3 minutes to midnight.

Our opening night will therefore focus on the findings and recommendations of the Three Minutes to Midnight report: How do we combat the threat of climate change and the proliferation of nuclear arms in fragile states? What kind of multi-lateral agreements will be effective? What is the likely impact of the Iran Nuclear Agreement or the Paris Climate Change?

We are delighted to welcome world-leading experts on climate change and nuclear policy.

Professor Sivan Kartha, a member of the Science and Security Board, Bulletin of Atomic Scientists and senior scientist at the Stockholm Environment Institute will present the key findings of the latest Doomsday Clock report as well as the report’s recommendations on required urgent actions.

Oliver Morton, Environment Editor of The Economist will present his recently published book, The World Remade, which explores the huge changes made by people to our planet – often in ways that have been far more profound than realised and which can fundamentally help us respond to climate change. Morton will explore the moral implication of our responses to climate change and try to reimagine a world where people take care instead of taking control.