Bill Gates: My green manifesto

The billionaire philanthropist offers four bold ideas to help businesses take on the climate crisis

A coal-fired power station in Niederaussem, Germany. Fossil fuels are readily available and do their job very effectively, but their prices do not reflect the damage they do to people or the environment, Mr Bill Gates says. Energy innovation is thus
A coal-fired power station in Niederaussem, Germany. Fossil fuels are readily available and do their job very effectively, but their prices do not reflect the damage they do to people or the environment, Mr Bill Gates says. Energy innovation is thus needed, as clean tech has to be so cheap that everyone adopts it. PHOTO: AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE
A coal-fired power station in Niederaussem, Germany. Fossil fuels are readily available and do their job very effectively, but their prices do not reflect the damage they do to people or the environment, Mr Bill Gates says. Energy innovation is thus
Mr Bill Gates.

In the conversations I have about climate change, one question comes up more than any other: "How can I help?"

Sometimes, it's an individual who simply wants to know whether to stop buying plastic straws. (Answer: It doesn't do much for climate change, but it does help the environment in other ways.)

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on February 23, 2021, with the headline 'Bill Gates: My green manifesto'. Subscribe