This past weekend, National Geographic aired a feature discussing the threat and severity of climate change. Although this is far from the first time attention has been drawn to this issue, with the phenomenon becoming more critical every year, the publication partnered with everyone's favorite science guy to try to really hammer the point home.
Bill Nye’s Global Meltdown features the goofy scientist as he grapples with the facts. After a consultation with his therapist, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Nye is diagnosed with the five stages of climate change grief: denial, anger, bargaining, depression and acceptance.
Here's the original photo published by National Geographic of Bill processing the fourth stage of grief: depression and isolation.
After his diagnosis he hits the road to process his new disctovery, according to an article breaking down the special on Time:
Nye hits his nadir in a desert meeting with an apocalyptic ecologist, Guy McPherson, who has built something of an “End of Days” following through his prediction that the human race will be gone by 2030.
McPherson’s deadpan pronouncements send Nye into a nihilistic tailspin, including a rare unraveling of his bow tie and a cigarette-puffing walk down the middle of a highway (Cassel said that scene was Nye’s idea), followed by a hilarious cigar-smoking session back in his therapist’s office.
Already an awesome photo, but those on Reddit and Imgur realized they could improve upon National Geographic's work. Here are 17 of the best submissions of Cool Guy Billy Nye.
1. Cool Nyes Don't Look at Explosions
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4. The Dark Nye Rises
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7. Quantum of Nye
9. Banana Bill
10. Reservoir Bill
11. Nye am Legend
12. Mad Bill
13. Sad Bill
14. Kylo Ren versus Nye-lo Ren
15. Bill Kill
16. Bill and Confused
17. Straight Outta Science
Through his path of grief and self-discovery, however, Bill Nye finds that there is still hope for change. In an Interview with Time, the science guy claims to see a potential change of heart in even the most unlikely places: Republican presidential candidates.
I can imagine, with the right advisers influencing the right candidate, that in order to win the votes of millennials, people coming of age right now, you would have to change your stance on climate change. I could easily imagine a thoughtful Republican, along about February or March next year, saying, ‘I’ve been thinking about this issue and I’ve changed my mind. We need to get to work on this right away.'
To learn more about the threat of climate change, you can stream Bill Nye's special Bill Nye’s Global Meltdown on YouTube for $1.99 or through your cable provider today.