Rainn Wilson has changes his name to Rainnfall Heat Wave Extreme Winter Wilson, Know Why?
For environmental reasons, Rainn Wilson no longer uses his birth name. The actor officially announced his new name, Rainnfall Heat Wave Extreme Winter Wilson, yesterday.
Wilson says in a video statement that “This is not a joke, I’m as serious as the melting Arctic, which amplifies global risks including extreme weather events around the globe,”
He elaborates, “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.
Wilson is doing this in solidarity with the science collective Arctic Basecamp, a group of Arctic experts and scientists working together to raise awareness about the dangers of climate change. Wilson is a board member for the group.
Arctic Basecamp has launched the Arctic Risk Name Generator, a website that encourages visitors to become “Arctic name changers” by choosing a new moniker for the Arctic. Wilson rebranded himself using this service. For those curious, the actor’s given name is Rainn Percival Dietrich Wilson.
Wilson encourages his audience to join him on the platform in his video message. For added impact, he suggests that people who take the plunge and adopt Arctic Risk Names also change their online handles to reflect their new identities.
Wilson says, “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.”