Bill Nye’s Warning for the Future of Our Planet

Bill Nye is an advocate for climate change awareness and evidence-based policy making. In this segment, Nye talks about a new documentary series that follows his fight for science as the solution to earth’s problems. This segment is part of an ongoing public media reporting initiative called Peril and Promise, telling the human stories and solutions of climate change.

TRANSCRIPT

FOR MANY YEARS, BILL NYE WAS THE HOST OF A POPULAR SCIENCE CHILDREN'S SHOW.

TODAY, HE IS AN ADVOCATE FOR CLIMATE CHANGE AWARENESS AND EVIDENCE-BASED POLICY MAKING.

UP NEXT, WE HEAR FROM NYE, THE STAR OF A NEW DOCUMENTARY SERIES THAT FOLLOWS HIS FIGHT FOR SCIENCE AS THE SOLUTION TO EARTH'S PROBLEMS.

THIS SEGMENT IS PART OF AN ONGOING PUBLIC MEDIA REPORTING INITIATIVE CALLED PERIL AND PROMISE TELLING THE HUMAN STORIES AND SOLUTIONS OF CLIMATE CHANGE.

Jenna Flanagan: From New York City to Abuja Nigeria.

More than 200 events across the globe mark the annual March for science this April as activists from all walks of life rallied for change.

Now in its second year of existence, the movement behind the march is calling for society to hold public officials to greater account and push lawmakers to enact evidence based policy.

Bill Nye has been instrumental in elevating the public's understanding of climate change.

His film Bill Nye the Science Guy debuted recently on PBS his acclaimed documentary series Point of View and I'm pleased to welcome him back to the program.

Mr. Bill Nye welcome.

Bill Nye: Yes, Thank you.

It's good to be back.

Now you know you referred to it as my film.

Jenna Flanagan: Ah.

Bill Nye: It's really a film about me.

I didn't make it.

I had no creative control.

I signed a thing a document an agreement Jenna Flanagan: And you just write them follow you around from there.

Bill Nye: Yeah well almost everywhere they followed me around for two years.

Jenna Flanagan: For two years though you did take us on a very important journey into your work studying climate change.

Bill Nye: We confronted a couple of climate deniers especially this guy Joe Bastardi who's notorious he's on Fox News and he's says he does a lot of speaking in fossil fuel industry venues and he's asked many of the contrarians seem to have done.

He's confused or conflated the idea that carbon oxides are a very small fraction of the Earth's atmosphere.

Less than half of 100 percent.

Jenna Flanagan: A lot of people do say that because there isn't a 100 percent consensus amongst the scientific community about the notion of climate change or global warming that that's reason to poke holes into that theory and say that maybe it's not real.

Bill Nye: You can do the perfect analogy is medical doctors if you have 97 or 98 medical doctors telling you to get your parathyroid gland removed and three doctors telling you well know what would you do.

Would you only go for the three?

Jenna Flanagan: How is it that we go about holding government officials or public officials to account to looking at evidence based policy when we right now have a federal government at least that seems to be very resistant if not outright denying of those policies.

Bill Nye: So what I tell everybody is vote.

Now what happened.

Stoneman Douglas High School in Florida it was very troubling.

But you look at the activism that imbued in those kids in those students they're out there fighting the fight now for the next few years about this other issue.

They're going to do the same about climate change when these people come of age and are able to vote by these people.

High school students are going to demand changes and the current backward or whatever you'd call it Climate contrarian point of view at the Environmental Protection Agency and the administration is going to get swept away.

Jenna Flanagan: There's been a lot of talk about the doomsday clock so to speak.

And have we gone too far?

Or will that be enough time for when these young people come of age and become a major voting block.

Can we correct what's been damaged?

Bill Nye: Well what if I told you we couldn't.

What would you do?

Just go buy all the SUV vehicles you could find just start open flames everywhere.

No you wouldn't.

We would never do.

That's not how humans operate.

Instead we're going to be optimistic and we're going to address this problem and we're going to turn it around and preserve the quality of life for billions of people.

Let's go!

Jenna Flanagan: For people who are going to be looking at this Bill Nye Science Guy film.

What is the feelings you want people to come away with this is an optimistic film.

Bill Nye: Yes yes.

That science is the best idea humans have ever had.

And this process of knowing nature enables us to accomplish extraordinary things.

Jenna Flanagan: All right then.

All right well listen Bill Nye I want to thank you so much not only for of course the film that's going to be on.. Bill Nye: Every night because you're going to watch it.

Jenna Flanagan: You're going to stream it.

Bill Nye: On POV streaming.

Jenna Flanagan: There you go!

But in addition to streaming Bill Nye Science Guy I want to thank you for your work and of course joining us on the program.

Bill Nye: Thank you.

Let's Change the world!

Jenna Flanagan: Thank you.