News | Penguin Random House | New York, 02/11/2021

Markus Dohle In Conversation With Bill Gates

Bill Gates’ new book was published internationally  on February 16. In “How to Avoid a Climate Disaster,” Gates tackles the question of how a global climate catastrophe can be averted.

Six different Penguin Random House publishers alone, including Knopf in the U.S. and Canada and Allen Lane in the U.K., will publish the work in their respective markets. — along with numerous other publishers around the world. Markus Dohle, CEO of Penguin Random House, spoke with Bill Gates about his book, his first to be published by Penguin Random House. In the video interview, Gates talks about how the planet’s condition and human health are inextricably linked. He believes that lessons from the Corona pandemic can be used to address the environmental crisis and that it is not too late to stop climate change. 

In “How to Avoid a Climate Disaster: The Solutions We Have and the Breakthroughs We Need,” Gates sets out wide-ranging, practical and, most importantly, actionable methods to bring greenhouse gas emissions  on Earth to zero. “I wrote this book because I believe that avoiding a climate disaster is one of the biggest challenges we face today. After studying the problem and investing in clean energy-companies for more than a decade, I believe that we can avoid the worst possible scenarios of climate change,” Bill Gates declared when he announced his book last October.

“The world is keenly aware of the problem and is setting ambitious goals to solve it,” he added. “What we need is a plan to meet those goals—one that grasps all the complexities of climate change and faces them head-on. In this book, I try to cut through the complexity, explaining the science in a clear way. Then I propose a plan for what we need to do over the next decade. And I suggest some steps we can all take to make it happen. I hope this book helps advance the conversation and inspires action on climate change. The stakes could not be higher.”

Penguin Random House has been committed to combating climate change for some time. In 2017, the U.S. publishing group joined the “We Are Still In” initiative as a way to document its continued support for the Paris Climate Agreement. Recently, the publishing group signed the “All In” climate statement calling for America’s national mobilization on climate action and clean, equitable recovery.