Bill Gatesco-founder of Microsoftwarned that the new generations will face a “dramatic climate” if we do not achieve reduce net carbon emissions to zero for the year 2050.
The businessman wrote a year-end letter published on Tuesday on his blog in which he remarked that the extreme weather “is already causing more suffering.”
“If we don’t get to net zero emissions, our grandchildren will grow up in a world that will be dramatically worse.”
Gates, who is one of the richest people in the world, believes that achieving net greenhouse gas emissions “will be the most difficult mission for humanity.”
“Just writing that sentence, ‘I’ll be a grandfather next year,’ excites me. And the thought gives a new dimension to my work. When I think about the world my grandson will be born into, I feel more inspired than ever to help everyone’s children and grandchildren have the chance to survive and prosper.”
The poor will suffer the most, according to Bill Gates
According to Gates, climate change is already hitting the poor hardest and that is why it is urgent to make a revolution in the entire economy.
“We need to revolutionize the entire physical economy: how we do things, move around, produce electricity, grow food, and keep ourselves warm and cool,” he added.
Gates talked about how one of his philanthropic organizations is working to develop new varieties of crops that are resistant to floods and droughts, affordable to low-income farmers around the world.
How is zero emission going?
“So how is the world faring on the drive to zero emissions? Unfortunately, on short-term goals, we are falling short. Between 2021 and 2022, global emissions actually increased from 51 billion tons of carbon equivalent to 52 billion tons,” he noted.
The good news, says the entrepreneur, is that we are much further along than would have been predicted a few years ago in getting companies to invest in zero-carbon advances.
“The opportunities to reduce inequality, even in this tumultuous time, are there. Success is a long-term perspective, but it starts with the actions we take now,” Gates concluded.
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