In Brief
  • Bill Nye's new Netflix series, Bill Nye Saves the World, is set to drop on Earth Day.
  • To promote the show's release Bill hosts an AMA on Reddit fielding questions on science and his personal tastes.

Gift on Earth Day

In celebration of Earth Day on April 21st, Netflix is releasing (everyone’s favorite science guy) Bill Nye’s new series Bill Nye Saves the World. According to Nye, “The 13 episodes tackle topics from climate change to space exploration to genetically modified foods.”

To promote the new show, Bill did a Reddit AMA (ask me anything) and fielded questions dealing with topics ranging from the show’s theme song (performed by Tyler the Creator) to Nye’s thoughts on SpaceX and Elon Musk.

When asked about what Musk and his various companies are doing for the scientific world Nye answered, “He and his companies are shaking things up in a great way.” He continued (with an endearing level of candor) saying, “The Tesla outperforms conventional gas-powered cars (as does my new all-electric Chevy Bolt). If the reused lower stage of the Falcon rockets proves profitable, it will change space exploration in a great way. Go Elon! (He’s an immigrant to the U.S., bt-dubs.)” Another fun fact: Bill Nye drove Elon Musk to the airport once.

The name of the show does promise us that Bill Nye will be the one saving the world, but how does he plan to go about doing that?

Part of that answer involves his tough stance on climate change. He has been one of the strongest public voices speaking out about climate change; so naturally, the subject was broached in the AMA.

One user asked, “What is our worst case scenario assuming nothing gets done to save the world and what does the timeline look like?”

He answered:

The quality of life for people everywhere will go down. There will be less food and less clean water available in the developed and the developing world. It’s reasonable that this will lead to conflict: more violence, more war. Here in the super-developed US, people will have to abandon homes in Miami, Galveston, Norfolk, and other coastal towns. It will lead to defaulted mortgages and people looking for jobs inland. Where will those jobs come from? Sooner we get to work the better.

Getting to Work

That advice is in line with studies that says it is necessary for the survival of our planet, at least the currently unflooded version of it, to get to work…and soon. Studies show that not only must we lessen our reliance on fossil fuels, but we must also work to preserve carbon sinks, like forests, which absorb more carbon than they emit.

And for those who think that we can just move on and trash the next planet after we’ve finished with this one, Mr. Nye is here to burst that bubble. When asked what the chances are of humanity stretching to other planets, Nye responded with “Infinitesimal. If you think you want to live on Mars, try living in the dry valleys of Antarctica for a few years.”

In short, there’s only one planet that has Bill Nye, and for that reason alone, let’s protect it.