Bill Gates Coming to Book Festival
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Bill Gates Coming to Book Festival

Microsoft co-founder and philanthropist presents new book with solutions to end climate change at the MJCCA's Book Festival In Your Living Room on Feb. 24.

Anna Levy is the Online Content Coordinator for the Atlanta Jewish Times.

Gates’ book will outline a reasonable and actionable plan to stop climate change in its tracks.
Gates’ book will outline a reasonable and actionable plan to stop climate change in its tracks.

As climate change becomes a hotter button topic, Bill Gates has written a book that outlines practical and actionable steps how the world can combat climate change and eventually halt the production of greenhouse gas emissions entirely. His book, “How to Avoid a Climate Disaster: The Solutions We Have and the Breakthroughs We Need,” will be presented Feb. 24 at the MJCCA’s Book Festival in Your Living Room.

“I submitted a proposal to the book’s publisher with the hope of securing a virtual event with him,” said Pam Morton, director of the book festival. “I was thrilled when they accepted our invitation. He is one of the biggest authors we have ever had at the festival, and we are absolutely over the moon about being able to offer this to the community.”

Gates’ book, which he will present at Book Festival in Your Living Room in February.

Morton credits the festival’s new collaboration with the National JCC Literary Consortium for helping to attract Gates. “Instead of the program reaching only one JCC in Atlanta, it can reach up to 90. It is a win-win for both the JCCs across the country and for the authors. Instead of an author having to hold 100 different Zoom presentations, they can hold one and get the same reach.”

Gates, whose net worth is estimated at $129 billion, has spent the last 10 years investigating climate change and has consulted experts in the fields of numerous sciences, including political science and finance, to find solutions. In addition, he also draws from his own understanding of innovation and technology to describe how current technology is already helping lower greenhouse emissions.

“It’s inspiring to see so much passion these days for dealing with climate change, and to know that the world has set some ambitious goals for solving it,” Gates said in a post from his blog, “What we need now are practical plans to reach those goals.”

To conclude the book, Gates lays out a concrete plan for the next decade to get greenhouse emissions down to zero. The plan includes both policies the government can adopt and decisions individuals can make to contribute to the plan’s success.

“I’m excited about the book and eager to continue the conversation about how we can avoid a climate disaster,” Gates said.

The book is currently available for pre-order and will be released Feb. 16. ìì

Gates will present his book 8 p.m. Feb. 24. For tickets,

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