Guest essay by Eric Worrall
US TV personality Bill Nye thinks Climate Change is responsible for the rise of Islamic State. But don’t worry, Nye has the solution – a book of helpful suggestions, of ways in which armchair eco-warriors can deal a deadly blow to this evil threat to public security, by changing how they live their lives.
Bill Nye brought science into kids’ lives and made us laugh. His new book, Unstoppable: Harnessing Science To Change The World, mixes science and his trademark humor to rally a new “Greatest Generation”—ours—to solve a global climate change crisis and ISIS Threat that he believes is more threatening to our survival than World War Two.
Bill Nye took that link a step further, explaining the brutality in Paris and Syria was “a result of climate change.”
Your book includes sweeping approaches to address climate change. What can individuals do that counts?
Nye: Not wasting any water bottles is good. Not leaving the lights on is good. Turning the thermostat down in the winter, up in the summer, is good. But the best thing any of us in the developed world, especially in the United States, can be doing is talking about it. It’s strangely a hard thing to talk about because it’s become so political and divisive, and people have a tendency to give up and see it as overwhelming. But I claim that it’s not.
Who would have thought – we don’t need all those nasty guns and air strikes and alliances and counter-terrorism agencies and what have you, to save Syria and the West from the barbarous horrors of Islamic State. All we need to do is make a few adjustments to our thermostats, talk about Climate Change, and make sure we drink every last drop of our bottled water.