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Actor Rainn Wilson Changes Name to Protest Climate Change

“The Office” star Rainn Wilson has changed his name to Rainnfall Heat Wave Extreme Winter Wilson to protest climate change. The actor made the announcement via a Twitter video on Wednesday, timed to the United Nations climate change conference COP27 in Egypt this week.

Wilson, a board member of Arctic Base camp, transformed his name to something more appropriate for the area via a website called Arctic Risk Name Generator. The website encourages its visitors to take on an “Arctic name changer” persona.

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Although Wilson said of his name change “This is not a joke,” it remains unclear whether the actor and activist plans to officially update his legal name on government documents. Presently,his Twitter and Instagram usernames are still @RainnWilson. His full given birthname is Rainn Percival Dietrich Wilson.

“I have changed my name to Rainnfall Heat Wave Extreme Winter Wilson with the help of my scientist friends at Arctic Base camp,” Wilson said in a statement. “This is not a joke– I am as serious as the melting Arctic, which increases global risks including extreme weather events all over the world.”

Rainn Wilson

“It is my hope that this name change helps bring attention to the growing climate crisis. We need world leaders at COP27 to take notice and take action on the issue of climate change. The Arctic is melting at a rate of millions of litres per second, yet this problem can’t seem to make a name for itself, so it’s up to us to draw attention to it.”

“Visit 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.”

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