Rainn Wilson is helping the layman understand the climate crisis.
On Tuesday, the former “Office” star debuted a new episode of his new docuseries “An Idiot’s Guide to Climate Change”.
The six-episode series from Wilson’s SoulPancake studio will air on YouTube and will help viewers understand the threat our planet is facing and how we can protect it.
Among the guests on Wilson’s show are climate activist Greta Thunberg, astronomer Sævar Helgi Bragason, Arctic scientist Dr. David Hik, Lancaster University Professor of Sustainability Dr. Gail Whiteman, atmospheric scientist Dr. Jennifer Francis and Future Coalition executive director Katie Eder.
“Before our current devastating pandemic, I took a trip to Greenland with some climate scientists to explore that other devastating future pandemic — climate change,” Wilson said of how this new venture came to be.
“I knew nothing about climate science and global warming, and I’d never seen a glacier before,” he added. “The amazing, fun, and terrifying journey seen in ‘An Idiots Guide to Climate Change’ really opened my eyes. It was my idiotic way of exploring this extremely non-idiotic issue.”
In the video, Wilson visits Iceland to meet with astronomer and climate change activist Sævar Helgi Bragason, who explains the basics of climate change. The then visits Iceland’s Toyota factory to learn about the factory’s efforts to reduce co2 emissions, and then heads to Greenland — “ground zero for the climate crisis,” he explains.
“You know, I don’t know anything,” Wilson admits. “The science is so complex, the sociology of this whole expedition is so complex. It’s not just, like just pollution, it’s economics, it’s social justice, it’s how humanity relates to Mother Earth… it’s like an onion. The more you dig into the issues around climate change, around climate activism, the more complicated they get..
New episodes will premiere every Tuesday on the SoulPancake.