Climate change is an important topic—but it’s also a very complex one. Which is why John Oliver asked Bill Nye to explain global warming in a way that the average adult could understand on Sunday’s airing of Last Week Tonight with John Oliver.
It all started when Oliver brought up the controversial Green New Deal, the proposal by Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and Senator Edward J. Markey which aims to reduce America’s carbon footprint. Oliver then introduced Nye to “help drive the urgency home at this point by actually doing one of his enjoyable, light-hearted demonstrations.”
The camera pans to Nye, who’s suited up in a lab coat and safety goggles. “By the end of this century, if emissions keep rising, the average temperature on Earth could go up another four to eight degrees,” he begins, adding bluntly, “What I’m saying is the planet’s on fucking fire.”
The 63-year-old scientist, best known for his educational kids’ TV series, goes on to say, “There are a lot of things we could do to put it out, are any of them free? No of course not, nothing’s free you idiots, grow the fuck up. You’re not children anymore. I didn’t mind explaining photosynthesis to you when you were 12 but you’re adults now and this is an actual crisis. Got it?”
He then ends his rant with the scientist’s version of a mic drop: “Safety glasses off motherfucker.”
And of course, no visit from Bill Nye the Science Guy would be complete without an actual experiment, which in this case is a soda bottle explosion. Joking to Oliver, “Because for some reason John, you’re a 42-year-old man who needs his attention sustained by tricks, here’s some fucking Mentos and a bottle of Diet Coke. Happy now?”