Bill Nye The Science Guy believes science is non-partisan
Bill Nye The Science Guy has been an advocate of science all his life and that beat doesn't stop with his new Netflix series 'Bill Nye Saves The World'. The show delves into many issues such as climate change, overpopulation, and vaccination. It also features many fun segments which debunk myths with celebrity guest stars such as EDM artist Steve Aoki, fashion expert Tim Gunn, and actor Joel McHale, as well as correspondents like TV producer and host Emily Calandrelli, and supermodel Karlie Kloss.
Nye stopped by AOL's BUILD Series to chat about the show and share his thoughts on the current social-political landscape. Nye is a firm believer that science is political. He told the audience that it's neither liberal nor conservative.
"It's not partisan. You can't say you have this conservative viewpoint, therefore I dismiss this. You can't say I have this liberal or progressive viewpoint, therefore I embrace this. It's got to be objective. That is our goal, to have a system that is self-correcting," explained Nye.
He then added, "I guarantee you, you will hear the chant, 'What do we want? Science! When do we want it? After peer review!' You will hear that and that's hilarious but that's the idea, that it's neither progressive or conservative."
You may or may not have known that the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) was created by conservative president, Richard Nixon. That of course was influenced by the pressure of the Vietnam War marches back in the late 60s into the year 1970 when the first Earth Day was created and celebrated.
Fast forward to 2017 and we are faced with a similar vibe. Resistance marches are being held regularly against the current administration's stance on climate change while at the same time there are people who support the current administration's beliefs about climate change - that it's inherently a hoax.
"Your belief is somehow every bit as valid as evidence. No, it's not." said Nye to the latter.
Putting partisan viewpoints aside, scientific research has proven that Earth is warming at an alarmingly rapid rate.
"People in Galveston, Texas, Norfolk, Virginia, let alone Manhattan and Miami, are going to have the ocean coming into their front yard, and their basement, or their first floor and they're going to leave. When that much water is on the floor, you can't be there. You can't put everything on stilts.
Innovation is what's going to propel the state of humanity into a prosperous future. Our future depends on it as Nye alluded during the conversation.
"Another problem that's just fundamental about denying science or pretending that you're beliefs is important or as significant than science, is that it affects our economy. What keeps any country in the economic game is innovation. If you stop innovating, you will fall behind."
Nye pointed out that the world was revolutionalized by the invention of the horse-less carriage in the 1800s and by smart phones for a more modern example. We wouldn't have these without innovation.
Why can't we continue innovating and fix our problems before it's too late?
"We can do this everybody! Let's be optimistic. Let's go!"
Nye then pointed out, "When I came to the World's Fair here in 1965, there were 3 billion people in the world [as displayed by the United Nations]. Now there's 7.3, almost 7.4 billion people. By the time many of the audience members are my age, there will be 9 maybe 10 billion people and we're going to raise food for them on less land. At least 2% less land because of encroachment of the ocean and urban sprawl. So what are we going to do? We're going to innovate. We're going to have agricultural practices that enable everybody to get something to eat and that's SCIENCE! It's in the U.S. Constitution peoples!"
Nye concluded by saying the following:
"Article 1, section 8. Progress of science and useful arts. It's in the Constitution! They [Founding Fathers] understand the importance of protecting innovation."
Nye will continue to be the cheerleader and champion of the sciences in the hopes science and innovation will prevail over partisan bickering.
Meanwhile, you can start streaming Bill Nye's 'Bill Nye Saves The World' starting today on Netflix! Get inspired about science and learn the facts. As Nye said during the interview, "Watch all thirteen [episodes]! Turn it up loud. Binge it baby!"