„The Earth is just a speck of sand in the universe. And there's no cavalry coming over the hill to rescue it.“

—  Bill Nye

[NewsBank, Nye: We must all save the Earth, The Madison Courier, Madison, Indiana, February 21, 2009, Pat Whitney]

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americký popularizátor vědy 1955

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