To combat the fear-mongering caused by speculations of an approaching cataclysm on December 21 and end of the cosmos, many national governments and scientific bodies have launched counter campaigns. The Internet, with its capacity for sustaining conspiracy theories, is being blamed for causing the unnecessary fear.
MORE FEAR has been seen in the western countries like Russia, France, the US and Brazil. Russians have been panic-buying candles, match boxes, fuel, biscuits and sugar to prepare for the post-apocalypse. A good number of people are reported to have experienced fear and anxiety about the eschatological implications of the doomsday prophecy.
Governments are taking steps to inform their citizens not to panic and nothing of that sort will happen on December 21. In the US, an official government blog entry was posted recently reassuring people that 'scary rumors about the world
ending in 2012 are just rumors'.
NASA is going to release a 6.5-minute YouTube video showing David Morrison, the noted astronomer and scientist, debunking the Doomsday theories.
It has already published detailed rebuttals of various apocalyptic scenarios on its website, including a meteor strike, a solar flare and the so-called polar shift.
In Russia, the Minister of Emergency Situations, Vladimir Puchkov, issued a statement insisting that the world would not end this month as being rumoured, which was also endorsed by the Church.