You may remember Bill Nye the Science Guy if you were a kid growing up in the 1990s. Well, it appears that the guy who taught you about gravity and other science facts in a fun and entertaining way is done playing nice.
Nye was a guest on John Oliver’s HBO program “Last Week Tonight,” where he had a very simple message about climate change: it’s time to get started fixing the damage we humans have caused.
OK, maybe he said it in a strikingly different tone…
“By the end of this century, if emissions keep rising, the average temperature on Earth could go up another four to eight degrees. What I’m saying is the planet’s on f—ing fire,” Nye said, per reporting from CNN. He then lit a globe on fire on the program.
He didn’t stop there. “There are a lot of things we could do to [fix climate change] — are any of them free? No, of course not,” Nye said. “Nothing’s free, you idiots. Grow the f— up.”
Nye had a message for his not-so-young-anymore viewers, too. “You’re not children anymore. I didn’t mind explaining photosynthesis to you when you were 12,” he said. “But you’re adults now, and this is an actual crisis, got it? Safety glasses off, motherf—ers.”
Nye’s humorous take on climate change comes in the wake of information recently published regarding the amount of carbon dioxide in the world. According to reporting from the Chicago Sun Times, there is now 4.15 CO2 particles per million in the atmosphere — and while that may sound like a small amount, it’s actually a big deal.
CO2 is the gas responsible for regulating the greenhouse effect on Earth. Too little CO2 means that we won’t be able to trap enough rays of sunlight entering the atmosphere to keep our planet warm, and could result in a cold, ice-capped planet. Too much CO2 can result in the opposite problem: a planet that’s too hot to sustain life at all.
Most scientists agree a good range of CO2 parts per million is between 3-4, with 3 being the most desirable end of that range. But as it stands right now, humankind is for the first time ever seeing a range that’s reached this high, according to research.
The 4.15 parts per million figure is the highest level of carbon dioxide seen on Earth in over 3 million years.