Bob Geldof, the musician who made a big name for himself in the mid-1980s by spearheading efforts to feed the hungry around the world via the Live Aid concerts, isn’t feeling too chipper these days about our chances on this planet.
Sir Bob, now 61, says the world may end in 2030, notes the Daily Star.
Geldof blames what could be our imminent demise on the effects of climate change.
“There will be a mass-extinction event,” he said, the Independent reports. “This could well happen on your watch. All the signs are there that it will happen and it will happen soon.”
“The world can decide in a fit of madness to kill itself.”
Geldof made his remarks during the opening ceremonies of the One Young World youth summit in Johannesburg, South Africa, earlier this week.
The former Boomtown Rats singer also predicted that “the next war will not be a World War One or a World War Two, it will be the end.”
And with that he calculated, “You can set a date of 2030; that’s possible,” adding that the recent climate-change report says as much. “We need to address the problem of climate change urgently.”
Geldof concluded with an apology for being “bloody miserable as usual” but added: “Just get on with it.”
Here’s a clip of Geldof’s remarks; his warnings start at about the 17-minute mark and his specific prediction about the world ending in 2030 happens just after the 20-minute mark:
And lest we forget that in the decade of mullets and MTV, Geldolf didn’t feel bloody miserable every day…just on Mondays:
(H/T: Daily Star)