ByKristin Lai, writer at Creators.co
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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.

Photograph by National Geographic Channels/Gina Cholick
Photograph by National Geographic Channels/Gina Cholick

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.

Photograph by National Geographic Channels/Gina Cholick
Photograph by National Geographic Channels/Gina Cholick

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

Xtritec / Reddit
Xtritec / Reddit

2. Walking Nye

metropolis_noir / Reddit
metropolis_noir / Reddit

3. Fear the Walking Nye

gallowboob / Reddit
gallowboob / Reddit

4. The Dark Nye Rises

ANewBadlyPhotoshoppedPictureofDrakeEveryday / Imgur
ANewBadlyPhotoshoppedPictureofDrakeEveryday / Imgur

5. Nye Hard

spacepilot_3000 / Reddit
spacepilot_3000 / Reddit

6. Planet Nye

blacckino / Reddit
blacckino / Reddit

7. Quantum of Nye

MaddaCheeb101 / Reddit
MaddaCheeb101 / Reddit

8. Nyefall

MaddaCheeb101 / Reddit
MaddaCheeb101 / Reddit

9. Banana Bill

Gelatinous_Giant / Reddit
Gelatinous_Giant / Reddit

10. Reservoir Bill

whili / Reddit
whili / Reddit

11. Nye am Legend

Giant_Midgets / Reddit
Giant_Midgets / Reddit

12. Mad Bill

Arctic_Chilean / Reddit
Arctic_Chilean / Reddit

13. Sad Bill

Khifler / Reddit
Khifler / Reddit

14. Kylo Ren versus Nye-lo Ren

What_No_Cookie / Reddit
What_No_Cookie / Reddit

15. Bill Kill

PoopAndHammocks / Imgur
PoopAndHammocks / Imgur

16. Bill and Confused

stevedennet / Reddit
stevedennet / Reddit

17. Straight Outta Science

FadeAwayShade / Reddit
FadeAwayShade / Reddit

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.

(Source: Reddit)

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