Hey science fans! Do you remember (if you were a kid in the '90s) watching Bill Nye the Science Guy to get your half hour sciencey fix? The show was a lot of fun, and even as a teen, I loved watching it (also, as a science nerd who liked science guys, I might have had a little teen girl crush, but that's beside the point). Bill Nye is one of the people (along with Carl Sagan and some others) who inspired me to get into the sciences in order to help people make sense of the world. Now, more than ever, this is a very important job.
We need more people spreading the truth, teaching facts, and promoting science as a language all Americans (as well as people around the world) should be fluent in. We need people who aren't afraid to speak in the face of superstition and...well, "alternative facts." Over the years, Bill Nye has shown he is a champion of science. He's not afraid to speak up to the opposition, to shove facts into the faces of deluded politicians or others who insist on spreading false information to further their political agendas.
We need more people like Bill Nye out there if we are going to keep this planet fit for human habitation. Not only that, but we need more people like Bill Nye if we are to continue making advances in technology that will take us beyond this planet. Mr. Nye makes science accessible to everyone. His show from the '90s was fun and entertaining, but it was also educational. Nye is now the CEO of the Planetary Society (of which I am a proud member), an organization that promotes space exploration and study, helping everyone find their place in space. He's also taken part in many PBS science specials, and serves as a spokesperson for science in general.
Now, Bill Nye is going to be starring in a new science show on Netflix called Bill Nye Saves the World! That title was fun a few months ago when the show was first announced. Saving the world with science sounded like an awesome mission, something fun, something important yet light at the same time. Now, though. Now, saving the world with science takes on an entirely new meaning. It is something that has gone from something fun to something that seems very, very necessary. And I'm glad to have someone like Bill Nye (and Neil de Grasse Tyson, and others!) leading the charge. I can't remember a time in my life when we had people so publicly and willfully championing ignorance and falsehood and delusion. While I'm not sure anyone can change the minds of the delusional people who refuse to see truth, we CAN help educate people who want to learn. We can make learning easier for people, and make knowledge more accessible. Bill Nye Saves the World is an excellent step in that direction. And on April 21st, we'll all be able to follow Nye on his journey to make science accessible to everyone on Netflix!
Melanie R. Meadors is an author of fantasy where heroes don't always carry swords and knights in shining armor often lose to nerds who study their weaknesses. She is a blogger at The Once and Future Podcast, a professional author publicist, and a dabbling fiber artist. She studied both physics and astronomy at Northern Arizona University. You can find her at her website, melaniermeadors.com, on Facebook, and Twitter, @melaniermeadors.