In another interview in 2015, he already anticipated that humanity’s greatest threat would not be a war, but probably a highly infectious virus.
Why was he able to make such a strong statement?
According to scientists, it is the very proximity of humans to wild animals, due to the anthropogenic invasion of their natural habitats, that brings us into contact with the danger of new contagions. Zoonosis is the process of spreading animal diseases that are eventually contracted by humans. The spread of these zoonotic viruses is becoming more and more frequent due to the disruption of ecosystems in the birth and spread of infectious diseases.
On February 15th, Gates again dared to predict the threat posed by another pandemic like the coronavirus, but emphasised that the real goal must be to fight climate change.
“We need to change the productive economy at an unprecedented rate,” he said in his interview.
In his publication How to avoid climate disaster, he leaves us a roadmap to reach the goal of zero emissions by 2050 (Paris Agreement). All technological innovation capacity should be focused on the climate crisis, a challenge that Gates puts on the table to governments that listen to him but do not take real action, without a global plan.
Commitment, however, does not come only from the political body. Change must also be driven by businesses. Obviously the world does not change overnight, and people want to keep their jobs, adapt their skills, keep travelling, etc. If measures were implemented immediately and many limitations were put on CO2 emissions, even eating would be a problem for the reasons mentioned above. That is why research, development and support for all those companies that are born with a plan for cross-cutting sustainability in all their activities is so important.