In an effort to draw attention to climate change, actor Rainn Wilson has adopted the name Rainnfall Heat Wave Extreme Winter Wilson. Wilson is best known for the role of Dwight Schrute in the American version of the sitcom The Office.
To coincide with the COP27 United Nations climate change summit taking place this week in Egypt, the actor announced the news in a Twitter video on Wednesday.
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Arctic Risk Name Generator, a website that encourages users to become an Arctic name changer, helped Wilson, a board member of Arctic Basecamp, change his name.
Wilson stated that his name change was “not a joke,” however it is unknown if the activist and actor intends to change his name legally on government records. His usernames on Twitter and Instagram are still @RainnWilson. His official full name currently is Rainn Percival Dietrich Wilson.
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“Join me @ArcticBasecamp in bringing attention to the melting issue. We need world leaders to take action at COP 27! The Arctic is melting at Millions of Liters per second, yet this problem can’t seem to make a name for itself, so we’ll make a name for it,” Wilson tweeted.
The 27th United Nations Climate Change Conference will take place in Sharm El Sheikh, Egypt, from November 6 through November 18, 2022. It is more widely known as Conference of the Parties of the UNFCCC, or COP27. More than 90 heads of state and ambassadors from 190 nations are anticipated to participate, and it will be presided over by Egyptian Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry.
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Since the 1992 signing of the first UN climate agreement, the meeting has been conducted yearly. Governments utilise it to reach consensus on measures to rein in global temperature increases and prepare for the effects of climate change.
Wilson said in a statement, “With the help of my scientist friends at Arctic Basecamp, I’ve changed my name to Rainnfall Heat Wave Extreme Winter Wilson. This is not a joke, I’m as serious as the melting Arctic, which amplifies global risks including extreme weather events around the globe.”
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The statement continued, “I’m hoping this name change brings 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.”
“Go to ArcticRiskName.org and create a name that will bring attention to this problem. Then — and this is the important part — change your social media profile or display name to match your new ArcticRisk name. And 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,” the statement added.