Arnold Schwarzenegger is Nye’s Therapist Examining the Five Stages of Climate Change Grief on "Explorer: Bill Nye’s Global Meltdown"

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22 October 2015
Explorer: Bill Nye’s Global Meltdown
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 "Explorer: Bill Nye’s Global Meltdown"
Premieres Sunday, November 1 at 8/7c on NGC
          The science is clear. Our planet is warming. Weather patterns are shifting. Ice caps are melting and sea levels are rising. This affects all of us. And one well-known and outspoken scientist is beside himself with grief.
          Acclaimed educator and “Science Guy” Bill Nye realizes the reason he is feeling down is because he is in fact suffering from “climate change grief.” With a little help from Hollywood action star and environmental advocate former California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger, Nye delves into the various manifestations of denial, anger, bargaining, depression and acceptance that represent not only the clinical stages of grief, but also the shared emotions that people exhibit in relation to the stark realities of climate change.
          In perhaps the most unconventional hour ever devoted to the subject of climate change, National Geographic Channel and Nye partner to tackle the subject in a fresh, entertaining and equally thought-provoking way by investigating how the global community is approaching the dilemma of saving both our species and the planet from rising temperatures and extreme weather. "Explorer: Bill Nye’s Global Meltdown", featuring Schwarzenegger as Nye’s climate change therapist, premieres Sunday, Nov. 1, at 8/7c on National Geographic Channel.  

          Along the way, Nye encounters those who claim climate change is a hoax; those who take up arms as environmental activists; those who advocate carbon tax as the solution; those who feel powerless at the prospect of humanity’s extinction; and those scientists and engineers who are actively rethinking how we produce, transmit and use energy. Ultimately, Nye looks to emerge from his grief with a plan of action, enthusiasm and hope for the future.

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