Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates is giving students a free download of his book, âHow to Avoid Climate Disaster: The Solutions We Have and The Advances We Need,â for a limited time.
For this week only, students enrolled at any college or university around the world can enter their email address and school name to get the free ebook by uploading it to Gates Blog, GatesNotes.
In a blog post announcing the free download, Gates wrote that young people will need to be at the forefront of the technological and policy innovations needed to tackle climate change.
âIn my experience, they are the ones who have the most new ideas and the most energy to pursue them,â said Gates.
Published in February, Gates’ book explains how the world’s fourth richest person thinks we can achieve zero emissions by 2050. He argues for the need to invest in new technologies that provide a cheaper and more expensive alternative. green to carbon emission methods. used by heavy industry and other sectors such as energy and transport. âThe hardest problems to solve are in areas like steel and concrete and even in transportation like aviation fuel,â Gates said. Forbes in an interview when the book was released.
Gates’ approach didn’t impress everyone. Climate activist Bill McKibben called “How to avoid a climate catastrophe” as “disappointing” in a review for the New York Times. McKibben argued that the book did not address the “role that the fossil fuel industry has played, and continues to play, in preventing action”, particularly when it comes to a wide adoption of wind and solar power.
Outside of the Bill and Melinda Gates Charitable Foundation, which focuses on public health and global poverty, Gates has personally supported the cause of climate change. He started the climate investment company Breakthrough Energy in 2015 to channel money into developing green technologies. Last week, Breakthrough Energy Catalyst, an arm of the company specializing in public-private partnerships, announced a $ 552 million (Â£ 400 million) partnership with the UK government.
This isn’t the first time Gates has created a free downloadable book for students. In 2018, the multi-billionaire Free a free ebook of âFactfulness: Ten Reasons We’re Wrong About the World and Why Things Are Better Than You Thinkâ by Swedish statistician Hans Rosling.