Is it realistic to ask people to stop eating meat or travel to fight climate change?
Bill Gates, co-founder of Microsoft and billionaire philanthropist, thinks the answer might be no.
“In climate movements you can get this, ‘Hey, we’ve consumed too much’ and ‘Hey, maybe we shouldn’t travel anymore,'” he said at a conference commemorating the founder of the Indian Express group on March 1st.
“Will all Indians become vegetarians? Will all Americans become vegetarians? I wouldn’t count on that.
Gates, through things like the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, has focused on philanthropy and global issues since exit his day job at Microsoft in 2008. The nonprofit foundation fights disease and helps solve other global issues, including gender inequality. He published “How to Prevent the Next Pandemic” in May 2022.
The foundation Also supports climate change initiatives, as does its venture capital fund Breakthrough Energy Ventures.
Gates was in conversation with Anant Goenka, Executive Director of the Indian Express Group, a media company founded by Ramnath Goenka in 1936. The lecture was the 5th Ramnath Goenka Memorial Lecture, and the first since the pandemic hit, by Indian Express.
Gates touched on a number of climate-related issues, from his support for nuclear power to his disagreement that solving climate change can happen by asking people to live an “impoverished lifestyle.”
Researcher and climate activist Richard Heede showed that nearly two-thirds of carbon emissions come from or are provided by 90 government-run businesses and industries. However, meat is a pretty big carbon producer, CNBC noted. A study published in the journal Nature Food found that plant-based foods have about half the climate footprint of animal products.
Gates reflected on the challenge of changing the way the globe generates energy at the event, as well as its disproportionate impact on countries near the equator which generally are not of heavy carbon emitters.
Climate change is “one of the hardest things to solve, because modern economies around the world are based on energy intensity, and more than 80% of that energy comes from burning hydrocarbons,” he said. he said at the event.
The greatest carbon transmitters include China, the United States and India. In December, Gates also discussed his views on climate change.
“I can sum up the solution to climate change in two sentences: We must eliminate global greenhouse gas emissions by 2050,” Gates wrote in a blog post in December 2022, by CNBC.
“Extreme weather is already causing more suffering, and if we don’t achieve net zero emissions, our grandchildren will grow up in a world that is dramatically worse,” he added.