Business magnate, philanthropist, and Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates has always been vocal about climate change and the need to pay heed to the crisis without delay. Now, he has revealed what he plans to do in order to combat climate change. From time to time, Gates conducts ‘Ask me anything’ (AMA) sessions on Reddit. In his latest one on Friday, Gates mentioned that he had published a book on climate change since his last session. “There’s been exciting progress in the more than 15 years that I’ve been learning about energy and climate change. What we need now is a plan that turns all this momentum into practical steps to achieve our big goals,” he wrote.
One user asked Gates during Friday’s AMA session about what one could do to reduce carbon emissions. He said that among other things, people could consume less. When questioned further, Gates revealed what steps he had taken to ensure he consumes less.
He said that he had started eating synthetic meat. He buys green aviation fuel. He has also installed solar panels at his home and has started using electric vehicles.
Another user asked him what technology could help fight climate change. He replied, “We need a lot of technologies – synthetic meat, energy storage, new ways of making building materials…We want to be open to ideas that seem wild.”
Another Reddit user asked Gates what advice he would give to a 19-year-old. He replied,”You should learn about climate change. It doesn’t need to be a full time thing – you should pick the job you care about and feel you can contribute to but also have goals that aren’t just about your own success.”
Gates had said something similar a few months back when he published his book, “How to Avoid a Climate Disaster.”
One of his top solutions involved synthetic meat.
“I do think all rich countries should move to 100% synthetic beef,” Gates said in an interview with MIT Technology Review, on how to cut back on methane emissions. “You can get used to the taste difference, and the claim is they’re going to make it taste even better over time. Eventually, that green premium is modest enough that you can sort of change the people or use regulation to totally shift the demand.”
Gates had warned the world about the pandemic back in 2015 and now he wants us mortal humans to know what crisis could be knocking at our doors in the near future.
The Microsoft chief recently chatted up with Derek Muller, who runs the popular YouTube channel “Veritasium”, over a video call and said he doesn’t feel any good about his prophecy.
This is what he said about the other two disasters around the corner.
“One is climate change. Every year that would be a death toll even greater than we have had in this pandemic,” Gates responds before adding the second crisis that he feels people don’t like to talk about.
“Bio-terrorism. Somebody who wants to cause damage could engineer a virus and that means the cost, the chance of running into this is more than the naturally-caused epidemics like the current one.