In 2012 everyone thought the world was going to end but it seemed so silly. I remember being at a little 9-year-old at a soccer game trying to grasp the idea of there being no tomorrow, so my teammates and I played Bop It for our last day on earth. Yet, we woke up the next day. There was no volcano eruption or meteor. We just went on living. When we said the world was going to end on a specific day it was seen by many as a fact because it was in the tangible future.

Today there is no Myan calendar telling us a specific date, but the reality is the world is truly ending. We have a hard time conceptualizing it because we don’t know the day everything will be over, but there is no day. We are in the middle of it right now. The world is not going to end, it IS ending. This is because of humans.

https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2017/jul/10/earths-sixth-mass-extinction-event-already-underway-scientists-warn This website tells us that what we have done to the environment has put us into the 6th mass extinction. Global warming takes care of land animals. Australia is burning, icecaps are melting. Things are dying fast. Not only that, but the plastics we have put in the ocean are so toxic they will kill everything. They don’t affect any large animals directly, but they will kill everything. This is because they are directly harmful to the microbes that make up the base of the food chain. The acids make it so they cannot form their shells and so they cannot live. In a matter of years, they will go extinct and then it is only a matter of time before everything in the ocean is dead.

https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2019/oct/21/ocean-acidification-can-cause-mass-extinctions-fossils-reveal It is expected that all sea life will be dead in about 50 years. This is not only bad for the environment and the symbiotic relationship the sea is part of. It is also the main source of food for a great bit of humanity.

So yeah, the world is really ending now. There is not much we can do about it. To come close to stopping this every human would need to stop eating meat at all for at least a few decades, invent a microbe that eats microscopic plastics, and stop driving cars or flying in planes at all. So, basically, we are screwed.

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  1. […] free to go look at my last Youth Voices post titled, “How the world is ending.” I totally called it. Earth desperately needed a break from humanity, and the wildfires […]

  2. Ezra 4 months ago

    Hey max, I myself was a gullible kid that believed in the 2012 apocalypse once, but now we all have to realize that old doomsday predictions were fake. Ancient ideas about an end of times were based on myths and legends, with no way to verify them. Today however, we place all of our faith in science. As you correctly pointed out, science is making its own doomsday prediction, and those guardian articles are pretty telling about where we are as a planet. If nothing is done the entire ecosystem will collapse from the bottom up.
    However, if you believe that every human is responsible for this, you might still be just as gullible as before… “Humans” aren’t polluting the ocean, “Humans” aren’t destroying the climate, and “Humans” cant be held accountable. The truth is (as pointed out by your own source, The Guardian) is much more simple. https://www.theguardian.com/sustainable-business/2017/jul/10/100-fossil-fuel-companies-investors-responsible-71-global-emissions-cdp-study-climate-change I would recommend that you read this very interesting article. It shows how the real perpetrators are massive companies, and if someone did something about them, we can potentially stop this new doomsday. Don’t blame every human, blame the 100 richest humans on earth, because you and I aren’t as guilty as them.

    • Mark 4 months ago

      Hey Ezra, I think that this artical is interesting because right now the coronaviris is mostly ending the world because there’s no cure for the coronaviris and it can affect our everyday lives.

  3. Jonathan 5 months ago

    Hey maxwell,

    I really liked your post. I liked how you connected your childhood past to connect with what is happening in the world. The world is being destroyed by humans and eventually the Earth will not be livable.

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In 2012 everyone thought the world was going to end but it seemed so silly. I remember being at a little 9 year old at a soccer game trying to grasp the idea of there being no tomorrow, so my teammates and I played Bop It for our last day on earth. Yet, we woke up the next day. There was no volcano eruption, or meteor. We just went on living. When we said the world was going to end on a specific day it was seen by many as a fact because it was in the tangible future. Today there is no Myan calendar telling us a specific date, but the reality is the world is truly ending. We have a hard time conceptualising it because we don’t know the day everything will be over, but there is no day. We are in the middle of it right now. The world is not going to end, it IS ending. This is because of humans. https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2017/jul/10/earths-sixth-mass-extinction-event-already-underway-scientists-warn This website tells us that what we have done to the enviornment has put us into the 6th mass extincion. Global warming takes care of the land animals. Australia is burning, icecaps are melting. Things are dying fast. Not only that, but the plastics we have put in the ocean are so toxic they will kill everything. They don’t affect any large animals directly, but they will kill everything. This is because they are directly harmful to the microbes that make up the base of the food chain. The acids make it so they cannot form their shells and so they cannot live. In a matter of years they will go extinct and then it is only a matter of time before everything in the ocean is dead. https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2019/oct/21/ocean-acidification-can-cause-mass-extinctions-fossils-reveal It is expected that all sea life will be dead in about 50 years. This is not only bad for the environment and the symbiotic relationship the sea is part of. It is also a main source of food for a great bit of humanity. So yeah, the world is really ending now. There is not much we can do about it. To come close to stopping this every human would need to stop eating meat at all for at least a few decades, invent a microbe that eats microscopic plastics, and stop driving cars or flying in planes at all. So, basically, we are screwed.

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