The Office's Rainn Wilson gives his name a climate-related remix to call out COP27

To draw attention to the alarming impact of climate change, actor Rainn Wilson announced he's changing his name to Rainnfall Heat Wave Extreme Winter Wilson, and no – he's not kidding.

Rainn Wilson changed his name for a climate-related cause, and we're here for it.
Rainn Wilson changed his name for a climate-related cause, and we're here for it.  © JP Yim / GETTY IMAGES NORTH AMERICA / Getty Images via AFP

When it comes to shining a light on something as important as climate change, no effort is too small. Take Rainn Wilson, who played Dwight on The Office, for instance.

On Thursday, Wilson, a board member of Arctic Basecamp whose goal is to raise awareness about the risks associated with Arctic weather change, announced on Twitter that he was going to become an "Arctic name changer," which he deemed as a "game-changer."

The name that he went with for himself? Naturally, it was Rainnfall Heat Wave Extreme Winter Wilson, which he said was "not a joke."

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However, it's unlikely that the actor actually, legally changed his name, but rather used the ArcticRisk Name Generator, which you, too, can type your name into for a little climate change-inspired remix.

"It's not just bad news for the Arctic, but for us, too," Wilson said. "So I changed my name, and you should too to help tell the world leaders and influencers that we need to act now" in order to combat the rapidly growing issue that is climate change."

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"We need world leaders at COP27 to take notice and take action," Wilson told Variety. "The Arctic is melting at millions of liters 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."

In the video he posted on Twitter, the actor created some climate-based names for other celebs, such as "Cardi the Arctic B melting," and "Amy Poehler Bears are endangered."

"This will be a fun and important change," Wilson said, and "something you can do" to help draw attention to the dire issue of climate change during the COP27 climate conference in Egypt, which runs through November 18.

Cover photo: JP Yim / GETTY IMAGES NORTH AMERICA / Getty Images via AFP

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