Bill Nye

By Leigh C. Anderson
23 October 2017

(Salon) – Between hosting Bill Nye the Science Guy and serving as CEO of The Planetary Society, Bill Nye's career as a science educator means he is also, inherently, an activist when it comes to combating climate change.

Nye joined Jeremy Binckes on Salon Talks to discuss his efforts raising awareness around climate change over the years, and to scoop a new documentary film that chronicles his rise from lively children's show host to national science defender and advocate.

"I am a failure!" Nye exclaimed when reflecting back on the shows he created over two decades ago about the Earth's warming.

Nye blamed the fossil fuel industry for creating the schism between climate deniers and believers, saying “they have worked so hard to introduce doubt.” He went on to say that he believed climate change was discovered in the 1970s, “and we’ve done virtually nothing about it all this time.”

This is partially because climate change has become a highly politicized and polarizing topic in America: Republicans tend to deny the issue even exists, while Democrats generally see it as a legitimate concern. Yet like most science, it is not something that you "believe" in, but rather, a tested observation based on overwhelming empirical evidence.

And Scott Pruitt, administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency, has repeatedly denied climate change, claiming that “human activity” is not “a primary contributor to the global warming that we see,” according to CNBC.

Nye implored the public to take a stand against climate deniers.

“What I tell everybody is vote," Nye told Salon. [more]

Bill Nye on his climate change education efforts: “I am a failure”


  1. Anonymous said...

    It is the human race that is the true failure. The species remains willfully stupid, beset by politics, stupidstitions, willful ignorance and rampant denial of reality.

    We've all failed - each other, the future of our children, and the biosphere as a whole.

    And yet, even knowing this, and knowing what is unfolding, knowing what is to come, we still fail to act decisively, unable to abandon cherished institutions and practices for the folly that they truly are.

    We are guilty and the few that have tried to change the course of the human trajectory towards disaster were far too few, so we will get what we apparently want the most. Catastrophic, species-extinction failure. It's not a pleasant thought, but I've yet to see any evidence of any other possible outcome. ~SA~  

  2. Anonymous said...

    This doesn't look normal.


  3. Jim said...

    Wow, thanks for the heads up, will post!  


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