–by Marisa Mercurio
PUBLICATION DATE: 12.06.16
Chants of “Bill! Bill! Bill!” rose throughout the auditorium at Stranahan Theater late on Nov. 17 as engineer and comedian Bill Nye took the stage. Widely known for his children’s show, “Bill Nye the Science Guy,” Nye remains as beloved as ever by millennials and their parents, evidenced by the lively audience who routinely cheered, laughed, and applauded the scientist. The event was held in conjunction with the Toledo Lucas County Public Library’s Authors! Authors! program. Nye himself has written several books; his most recent, “Unstoppable: Harnessing Science to Change the World,” is a New York Times bestseller. The book’s environmental topic was Nye’s favored subject at the event.
Nye’s crusade against climate change is well known. Informative and funny, he explained new technology on the environmental front, where he sees the future of our planet heading, and what individuals and communities can do to ensure the health and protection of future generations. Though not without political commentary, the Science Guy emphasized the importance of optimism. Without it, he stated, nothing would be achieved. After taking questions from young children to adults working in STEM fields themselves, Nye closed the night with a book signing.
The crowd left buzzing, ready to take action. If perhaps the current environmental issues have had you concerned lately, Bill Nye’s hope and taste for action just might be the cure.