YELM, Wash., Dec. 6, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Rampant rumors about the demise of the world later this month are nothing but superstition and a misreading of the Mayan calendar. So says JZ Knight, Founder and President of the Ramtha School of Enlightenment. "Don't run up your credit cards to the maximum limit or engage in other foolish behavior," advises Knight. "There is no Apocalypse on the horizon, and 2013 will be coming soon." NASA agrees, stating recently on their web site, "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." Much of the hype about the "end of the world" emanates from popular interpretations of the long-count Mayan calendar which reaches a finish point later this month. Many experts and historians agree this calendar, which started about 3114 B.C., predicted the end of a cycle, not the end of the world. This means a new era starts in 2013, and there are no End Times on the way. An archaeologist at Boston University, William Saturno, told Science magazine recent discoveries of Mayan wall writings in Guatemala showed calendars that predicted the future well beyond 2012. "So much for the supposed end of the world," Saturno says. Besides the Mayan calendar, many people have become alarmed by global warming and the effects on the environment. A recent report by the World Bank predicts sea levels could rise by three feet or more by the year 2100, causing massive flooding in nations from Mexico to Mozambique to the Philippines, with a major depletion of crop yields in the U.S., India, and Australia. "A 4-degree Celsius (warmer) world is so different from the current one that it comes with high uncertainty and new risks that threaten our ability to anticipate and plan for future adaptation needs," World Bank President Jim Yong Kim said in the report. It "can, and must, be avoided." "At Ramtha's School of Enlightenment, we understand that the end of every cycle is a time of transition and renewal," Knight said. "Some of Earth's transitions will be difficult for us, so it is highly important for everyone to maintain a sense of self-reliance. To heal the Earth we have to change the way we live. We can replant and reuse, learn to grow our own food, and become less of a burden on the environment."