Rainn Wilson, well-known for his popular role as Dwight Schrute in the American version of “The Office,” has amended his name to Rainnfall Heat Wave Extreme Winter Wilson in an effort to bring attention to climate change.
“Hi there, I’m Rainn Wilson, or should I say Rainnfall Heatwave Rising Sea Levels and We Have To Do Something About It Now Wilson. Sorry to get so dark, so quick,” said Wilson on Thursday in a video he posted to his Instagram and Twitter accounts. He went on to explain the environmental changes that are taking place around the Arctic region and how its impacting the world.
“You see what happens in the Arctic doesn’t stay in the Arctic. As the polar caps melt, it drives up risks throughout the world, including extreme weather events that affect all of us,” Wilson continued. So, as a cheap little stunt to help save planet Earth, I’ve changed my named on Twitter, Instagram and even my fancy writing paper.”
He went on in his video, sharing he’s referring to himself as an “Arctic Risk Name-changer,” adding that his new name is related to his support of a campaign launched by Arctic Basecamp, a team of Arctic experts and scientists who are working to bring more attention to climate change in the Arctic region by setting up camp in the Arctic and reporting their research findings.
Wilson, who plays Dr. Demento in the new film “Weird: The Al Yankovic Story,” has only written out his new name on his profile; his social media handles haven’t changed from “@rainnwilson.”
“Join me @rainnwilson & @arctic.basecamp in bringing attention to this growing… er, melting issue. We need world leaders at COP27 to take notice and take action. The Arctic is melting at millions of litres per second, yet this problem can’t seem to make a name for itself, so it’s up to us to make a name for it,” said Wilson in the caption of his video.
“If enough of us do this, then maybe COP27 will be where our world leaders sit up and notice Arctic risks and introduce a solution,” Wilson said, referring to the annual United Nations Climate Change Conference.
The conference takes places Nov. 6 to Nov. 8. There, climate change leaders will discuss and strategize ways to “accelerate global climate action through emissions reduction, scaled-up adaptation efforts and enhanced flows of appropriate finance,” per a description for this year’s summit.