“COVID-19 is horrible. Climate change could be worse”. This is how forceful Bill Gates, co-founder of Micrososft and American philanthropist, is shown in relation to one of the great threats that humanity will have to deal with in the coming decades and that is already wreaking havoc at different levels.
“To understand the kind of damage that climate change will inflict, you just need to think about the devastation caused by COVID-19 and anticipate similar damage over a much longer period of time. In other words, by 2060, climate change could be as deadly as COVID-19, and by 2100 it could be five times more deadly“Gates wrote on his personal blog in mid-2020.
Y the idea that climate change may represent an even greater damage than that caused by SARS-CoV-2 represents the leitmotif that fuels most of his latest public interventions. “If humanity can successfully mitigate climate change, it will be the most amazing thing it has done to date. This requires a total effort, at the level of a world war: swe are against greenhouse gases“, assured the philanthropist in the program ’60 minutes’ of the North American CBS.
“There are days when it seems very difficult. If people think it is easy, they are wrong. If people think it is impossible, they are wrong too. It is easy to feel powerless in the face of a problem as big as climate change, “adds Gates, who has just published a new book in which he tackles all this problem: ‘How to Avoid a Climate Disaster’ (How to avoid a climate disaster).
Throughout the book, Bill Gates describes “the solutions we have and the advances we need” to achieve success in such a mission. “You don’t have to be a politician or a philanthropist to make a difference. As a citizen, consumer and employee or employer, you can also be decisive “, says the co-founder of Microsoft, who shares some essential keys.
Bill Gates’s 4 keys to curbing climate change
Avoiding this climate disaster will require new energy production and supply systems, for which, according to Gates, “concerted political action” is necessary. “Participating in the political process is the single most important step that people from all walks of life can take. Show your representatives that you care about climate change by making calls, writing letters and speaking where necessary. Grassroots activism is important and even if you are motivated you can run for local office, “he adds.
Use your purchasing power
The way you spend your money is also decisive. “Buy and use sustainable products. When you pay more for an electric car, a heat pump or a plant-based burger, you’re saying, ‘There is a market for these products. We are interested’. And companies respond to that information fairly quickly, in my experience, “Gates says.
Be more demanding in your work
While larger companies will have a greater impact on the collective reduction of greenhouse gases, smaller companies also have mechanisms to do their bit. “As an employee or shareholder, you can pressure your company to do its part. In turn, larger companies can cooperate to put pressure on even larger suppliers, ”Gates shares.
Talk to your family and friends
Becoming a prescriber in the fight against climate change is another of the fundamental steps and is a relatively simple task. “My hope is that we can change the opinion of our loved ones by sharing the facts.. I also hope that we can unite behind global action plans that cut across political divisions, “Gates concludes.