New York Climate Clock Serves as a Wake Up Call


Sarah Allen, Contributor

New York Climate Clock’s Serves as a Wake Up Call

On September 20th, 2020, the New York Times journalist, Colin Moynihan, wrote an article named “A New York Clock That Told Time Now Tells the Time Remaining.” It describes the Manhattan Union Square clock, which tells how much time we have left to reverse climate change before it becomes irreversible. It serves as a wake-up call to humanity, on September 20th, we will only have seven years, 103 days, 15 hours, and 12 minutes left until climate change becomes irreversible.

We need to reverse climate change not just for ourselves but for future generations and all living species on planet earth. If we don’t, everyone will have a worse off life in the future than ever before. All of the animals and species we depend on will be gone, all of the natural wonders and resources we need will be massively depleted, and we will leave this planet worse off than it was. We cannot trash the world, it is the only planet that we have to live on, so we need to take care of our earth instead of trashing it.

It would be disastrous for humanity if we cannot reverse climate change by the time the clock strikes zero; we don’t have any more time to waste. We could lose cities like Miami and New York due to the rising sea levels leaving millions homeless. We would have more powerful and frequent hurricanes, forest fires, earthquakes, tornadoes, tsunamis, etc. which would decimate and ruin our homes. The hurricanes and forest fires we have had this year are due to climate change, and they are only going to get worse and worse; on top of that, our water and food supply will be cut in half, due to constant drought, fire, and damage done to our crops and water reservoirs.

If we instead move to green and sustainable resources and living, we won’t have to live this grim future. We will instead have a better quality of life for us and our future generations. Not having to worry about frequent natural disasters or depleted natural resources, and instead we can enjoy clean air and water, the earth’s beautiful nature, and a better life in general. With the building of new green infrastructure and energy supply, there will be a massive amount of new jobs, and it will allow the US and other global economies to recoup, grow, and prosper. Which will enable us to flourish and have a better future.

Works Cited
Moynihan, Colin. “A New York Clock That Told Time Now Tells the Time Remaining.” The New York Times, 20 Sept. 2020,