How to avoid a climate disaster - Bill Gates in conversation with Alok Sharma at the
Jaipur Literature Festival
News Desk, News nation 360: The Jaipur Literature Festival hosted business magnate, technologist and philanthropist Bill Gates, where he talked about the perils of climate change in conversation with Alok Sharma, President of the COP26 Climate Conference. The session began with an introduction to Gates’ mission to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from 51 million tons to zero by 2050, and his perfectly timed book - The Solutions We Have And The Breakthroughs We Need. Festival Producer, Sanjoy K. Roy, described the book as a practical guide to avoid a climate catastrophe, with the help of experts in the field of physics, chemistry, biology, engineering, political science and finance. Speaking about US President Biden and his Administration prioritising climate change and enlisting climate activists to help create policies, Gates replied climate change is too big
of a problem and it cannot be tackled without governments driving this. Encouraging the youth on their continued efforts, Bill Gates told he thinks he can give the younger generation credit that in this political round, it [climate] was more discussed, by far, than at any time in history. Speaking about the need for political parties to prioritise this issue, he told all want the climate to be a bi-partisan issue because everybody got to cap thirty years of progress, not just four years. When asked for advice as to how young people can help, he responded, he is not an expert on advocacy. He has incredible admiration for people like Greta [Thunberg]… everybody needs that attention to intensify and stay very, very high for all thirty years. everybody knows different parties may be in power in different countries and yet, they can’t have them checking out of this cause. He told it’s very novel for the world to need innovation by a deadline. Normally everybody just let innovation go and some areas go better than they expect and some are much harder. And yet, now by 2050, if everybody doesn’t get to zero, the temperature rise will be so damaging that life will actually get worse for humans and most of the natural ecosystems. So, everybody has to think, how can all accelerate innovation? Gates mentioned Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s name twice as having strongly supported reduced emissions. As the discussion moved to the pandemic and the pandemic, Gates responded, some epidemiologists have said that Covid has been the most collaborative period of their lives. How do we catalyse this collaboration around that to climate change, before the problem gets a lot worse? Bill saw it as a promising sign that, even these [US] Pharma companies are offering to let the Indian manufacturers have the vaccine.
Report : Anustup Kundu