Bill Gates Is Giving Every Student In The World A Copy Of ‘How To Avoid A Climate Disaster’

Beginning this week, Bill Gates will give every college and university student around the world a free digital copy of his best-selling book, How to Avoid a Climate Disaster: The Solutions We Have and the Breakthroughs We Need.

As climate leaders from the public and private sectors gather in Glasgow, Scotland for the COP26 climate conference next month, the imperative to take tangible action as a global community has never been stronger. 

“Students and young activists have kept climate change at the top of the global agenda, despite the disruption of the COVID-19 pandemic, and we owe it to them and to everyone around the world to develop real plans and take real action,” said Bill Gates. “The next generation of scientists, innovators, entrepreneurs, policy-makers, and activists will carry this work forward as the world aims to reach net-zero emissions by 2050.” 

Over the course of 2021, Gates has spoken with more than 132,000 students in virtual Q&A sessions to hear their thoughts on climate change and the work that lies ahead to transform the entire physical economy and shift away from carbon-emitting energy sources. By making his book available to every college and university student around the world, Gates hopes to encourage more young people to learn about climate change and consider what role they could play in the years ahead, whether through careers that work directly on the issue or as voters and informed citizens who can help shape the way that world leaders address climate change.

The free download is available to any college or university student, anywhere in the world. The book will be delivered in .epub file which can be opened in a compatible e-reader application and will be available for download on Bill Gates’personal blog, Gates Notes, this week only.

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