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Livestream: Bill Gates on "How to Avoid a Climate Disaster: The Solutions We Have and the Breakthroughs We Need"

8:00pm to 9:00pm EST livestream

Co-Hosted By: Rotman Events and Indigo Books

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Speaker Series

How to Avoid A Climate Disaster Book Cover
Date: Wednesday March 10, 2021 | 08:00 PM - 09:00 PM
Speaker(s): Bill Gates, Co-chair of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and Founder of Breakthrough Energy

In Conversation With: Ariel Bissett, Book Reviewer and Video Maker

Opening and Closing Remarks By: Kenneth S. Corts, Interim Dean, Marcel Desautels Chair in Entrepreneurship, and Professor of Economic Analysis and Policy, Rotman School of Management, University of Toronto
Topic: "How to Avoid a Climate Disaster: The Solutions We Have and the Breakthroughs We Need" (by B. Gates for Knopf Canada, Feb. 16, 2021)

On March 3, Rotman Events will email registrants the link to the page where you can watch the livestream on March 10 from 8:00pm sharp to 9:00pm EST.

Location: Online
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Book Mailing: If you register before February 16, 2021 you will receive a hardcover copy of How to Avoid a Climate Disaster before the event date. Anyone who registers after this deadline, will receive a hardcover copy of the book following the livestream on March 10. 

Please note: The stated registration fee for this event only applies to customers residing in Canada and the U.S.A. If you are registering for this livestream from outside of these countries, please contact regarding your registration as shipping fees vary depending on your location.

Book Synopsis: In this urgent, singularly authoritative book, Bill Gates sets out a wide-ranging, practical--and accessible--plan for how the world can get to zero greenhouse gas emissions in time to avoid an irreversible climate catastrophe.

Bill Gates has spent a decade investigating the causes and effects of climate change. With the help and guidance of experts in the fields of physics, chemistry, biology, engineering, political science and finance, he has focused on exactly what must be done in order to stop the planet's slide toward certain environmental disaster. In this book, he not only explains why we need to work toward net-zero emissions of greenhouse gases, but also details what we need to do to achieve this profoundly important goal.

About Our Speakers:

Bill Gates is co-chair of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and founder of Breakthrough Energy. In 1975, Bill Gates founded Microsoft with Paul Allen and led the company to become the worldwide leader in business and personal software and services. In 2008, Bill transitioned to focus full-time on his foundation’s work to expand opportunity to the world’s most disadvantaged people. Along with co-chair Melinda Gates, he leads the foundation’s development of strategies and sets the overall direction of the organization. At Breakthrough Energy, he’s putting his experience as an innovator and problem-solver to work to address climate change by supporting the next generation of entrepreneurs, big thinkers, and clean technologies. Bill uses his experience partnering with global leaders across sectors to help drive the policy, market, and technological changes required for a clean energy transition. In 2010, Bill, Melinda, and Warren Buffett founded the Giving Pledge, an effort to encourage the wealthiest families and individuals to publicly commit more than half of their wealth to philanthropic causes and charitable organizations during their lifetime or in their will.

Ariel Bissett is a Canadian writer and filmmaker. Her YouTube channel has over 250k subscribers and is a place where she tries to encourage everyone to pick up a book. She has spoken at VidCon, premiered videos at Buffer Festival, was an official Man Booker Prize Vlogger, has appeared in the New York Times, Variety, HuffPost, and Forbes, and has interviewed Michelle Obama, Bill Gates, and Margaret Atwood. She is the creator and co-host of Books Unbound, a weekly bookish podcast. She has a Master of Arts in English Literature from the University of Ottawa and she organizes her shelves by genre and then colour. Her favourite book is Animal Farm.

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Questions:, Daniel Ellul, (416) 978-6119 

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