While speaking from COP26, Microsoft founder Bill Gates told Sky News that “humanity has never done anything this hard” in regards to tackling climate change.
He will also be announcing $315 million (€271,551,408) in new funding to support farmers who are vulnerable to climate change adaptation.
Mr. Gates said that he would be disappointed if US Congress doesn’t agree to pass legislation to tackle global warming and that his biggest concern is securing enduring policies that outlast political shifts.
He is also urging businesses and governments to do more to finance innovation in green technologies and offered a nuanced assessment of China’s role by stating, “I do think China wants to be a good citizen on this issue… China will be the source of some innovation… without China being involved, we won’t get there.”
With the G20 summit leaving hopes “unfulfilled” in the words of UN Chief Antonio Guterres, world leaders are struggling to live up to the hopes of a more “ambitious” summit at COP26 with a lack of meaningful progress being made.
“There is currently a degree of gloom in the air in the aftermath of the G20.”
Many believe that the world is getting further off track in relation to tackling climate change.
When asked if he felt differently about the above statement, Gates said, “Yes I do. I wouldn’t say we’re on track, even these increased commitments don’t put us on track, but if I look at where we were six years ago, where the private sector was not being engaged, not providing its expertise and resources, and when we weren’t talking about innovation, and how we were going to make green products cost equal or even less than the products they replace.”
“But I wouldn’t understate it. This is a hard problem. Humanity has never done anything this hard.”
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