Philanthropist and billionaire Bill Gates is renowned for his reading habits and annual summer book recommendations on his digital blog, GatesNotes. Now the bibliophile is swapping roles to author a book on climate change. In an attempt to spread awareness on the current global climate crisis, Gates is penning down his thoughts in a book titled “How to Avoid a Climate Disaster: The Solutions We Have and the Breakthroughs We Need”. The book is scheduled to be published by Allen Lane in June 2020.
For Gates, climate change will significantly affect the people who have contributed least to the urgent problem. With his first-hand insights on the power of technological innovation, the environmental activist will share his knowledge on what corporates and consumers can do to tackle net-zero greenhouse gas emissions. The billionaire believes that collective efforts can be impactful given there is sufficient research funding, investment in innovative carbon-zero technologies and quick global implementation.
The announcement comes amidst a global outcry on the deteriorating state of the planet after an international mobilization was initiated by the Youth Climate strike, organized by 16-year-old climate activist Greta Thunberg. The protests aimed to put pressure on policymakers and those with governmental power to finally take a definitive action to mitigate climate change.
With his wife Melinda, Bill Gates chairs the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, the world's largest private charitable foundation. The foundation works to improve global health and to create equal opportunities for people around the globe. In collaboration with the World Bank and some European governments, the foundation pledged $310 million to help small farmers globally adapt to climate change at the United Nations’ Climate Action Summit in September.
The world’s second-richest man also featured as the protagonist of Netflix’s docuseries called “Inside Bill’s Brain: Decoding Bill Gates”, which released last month. The three-part documentary takes a deep dive into the world’s second-richest man’s past, present and future.