Office alum Rainn Wilson, best known for playing Dwight Schrute, changed his name to raise awareness of the climate crisis.
Here’s everything you need to know.
Why did Rainn Wilson change his name?
Rainn Wilson has made a big move by changing his name to Rainnfall Heat Wave Extreme Winter Wilson, hoping to draw attention to the climate crisis.
Additionally, on Wednesday, he shared the news with his 4.4 million followers on Twitter.
“With the help of my scientist friends at Arctic Base Camp, I changed my name to Rainnfall Heat Wave Extreme Winter Wilson,” he wrote.
Additionally, he explained that he changed his name using a website called the Arctic Risk Name Generator.
“It’s no joke, my attitude is like the melting Arctic, which magnifies global risks, including global extreme weather events,” Wilson said.
Join me @ @Arctic Base Camp Bringing attention to the melting problem. We need world leaders to act at COP 27!
The North Pole is melting at millions of liters per second, but this problem can’t seem to make a name for itself, so we’ll name it.
Go to link in bio ⬆️ pic.twitter.com/TgEG84fOmQ
— Rainn Wilson (@rainnwilson) November 9, 2022
He added, “I hope this name change will draw attention to this growing… er, melting problem. We need world leaders to take notice and act at COP27. 10,000 liters melt at a rate, but this question can’t seem to make a name for itself, so we’re going to give it a name.
In addition, the 56-year-old actor’s statement came ahead of COP27, the United Nations climate change conference scheduled for this week in Egypt.
“As a matter of urgency, we must mobilize and scale up inflows of adaptation finance” we agree @NAkufoAddo On the urgency of addressing the financial crisis #climatecrisis. See how here #Arctic warming impact #Ghanaeconomy. #JustAndAmbious #COP27 pic.twitter.com/PZv9mrnVpm
— Arctic Basecamp for Humans at Risk (@ArcticBasecamp) November 9, 2022
Wilson continues to urge the public and celebrities to join him and raise awareness of climate change.
Among other things, he suggested that Cardi B could change her name to “Cardi the arctic B melt” and “Amy Poehler bear endangered”.
Meanwhile, Gail Whiteman, founder of Arctic Base Camp and professor of sustainability at the University of Exeter Business School, backed the actor.
He said he was “thankful” to Wilson for calling on people to do their part.
Fans React to Rainn Wilson’s Name Change
While Rainn Wilson has undoubtedly made the topic of climate change public, social media users are endlessly pressing for his new name.
Beyond that, while many viewed Wilson’s drastic action as “extreme,” others claimed it was rather Dwight-like.
One user wrote, “This is a very Dwight Schruter thing, but for very non-Dwight Schruter reasons.”
It’s something very Dwight Schreuter to do, but for very non-Dwight Schreuter reasons
– Z⚡ (@SnapzEnt) November 10, 2022
Another noted, “I’m going to change my name to ‘wait 5 minutes before eating’ to warn of the dangers of eating hot pockets straight from the microwave.”
I’m going to change my name to “wait 5 minutes before serving” to warn of the dangers of eating hot pockets straight from the microwave.
— Steve (@DaddyDiarrhea) November 10, 2022
My real reaction to this information pic.twitter.com/QP5GTV3Gy2
— Odinson (@HyperTimesurfer) November 10, 2022
Now if I change it to Dwight or add Dwight somewhere I will understand
– Nell (@abcdelephants) November 10, 2022
— bea HOTD (@ceruleanheaven) November 10, 2022