The Demise of the Universe: December 2012?

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By Kristen Wagner

End of the world predictions. We’ve probably all been engaged in a conversation or two about them, and if not, then we’re avoiding them for our own reasons. It’s some spine-chilling stuff to think about, that’s for sure. Maybe we joke about it, to make it seem less intimidating. Maybe we weep about it. Maybe we shun it. Who knows, but we all know that there are guesses out there. How can we presume that the world will go on forever when we have a limited amount of resources? Can we actually really assume anything at all?

According to buzzle.com, there was a prediction in 2003 that was made by aliens. “A certain comet that passes by every 3,657 years was going to be the reason for Earth meeting its doom. As the prediction goes, Earth was going to come in the way of the comets tail causing it to pause for a few days. That means that Earth would stop rotating for a few days, accompanied by major winds and terrible heat. As most of us know the drill, the heat would cause our poles to melt, submerging mother Earth in its salty fate!” This is rather interesting to me, since the probing question of whether aliens exist or not has been around for quite some time. Who was the so-called “alien” that made this prediction, and where did he go? Obviously he wasn’t quite accurate with his forecast, thank goodness.

So we’ve escaped the alien’s prediction. But what about this apocalypse predicted to happen in 2012? According to Famsi.org, the ancient Mayan prophets foretold an earth-shattering happening to occur December 21, 2012. It gets described as “an ecological collapse, a sunspot storm, a rare cosmic conjunction of the earth, sun and the galactic center, a new and awesome stage of our evolution, and even a sudden reversal of the Earth’s magnetic field which will erase all our computer drives.” The Mayans’ calendar is assumed to be “astronomically precise,” and it terminates on the date mentioned above.

Scary. That’s all I have to say. The Conservation Law Foundation website works to inform its visitors how to prevent the end of the world. According to clf.org/2012, humans are at fault for climate change—and that’s what is destroying our universe. Temperatures are rising, severe storms are becoming more recurrent, oceans are getting higher, snow seasons are becoming shorter and plant and animal populations are shifting northward. The Conservation Law Foundation’s website says, “The facts speak for themselves. It’s clear that the road on which we’re traveling is a dead end.”

Nasa.gov has a different view of the topic. They’ve posted several different questions that have been asked regarding 2012 and the end of the world, and they’ve also revealed some interesting answers. Question #1 on the NASA website emulates the majority of our concerns: “Are there any threats to the Earth in 2012? Many internet websites say the world will end in December 2012.” The answer to this may put us all a bit at ease and denote at least some relief. “Nothing bad will happen to the Earth in 2012. Our planet has been getting along just fine for more than 4 billion years, and credible scientists worldwide know of no threat associated with 2012.”

So is the world really going to end, or are we all getting a bit too nervous for no reason? The whole situation may seem a bit like the whole “Y2K” scare some years back. It wouldn’t hurt to start taking better care of Mother Nature, because we can, and we all should anyways. Other than that, who knows what we’re actually able to do to avert the end. Hopefully the predictions will be wrong, like the alien who predicted the end of the world in 2003. I think there’s going to be a good amount of people who are a little apprehensive on that twenty-first of December, though.

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