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VIRTUAL EVENT: BILL GATES - How to Avoid a Climate Disaster

Bill Gates Calendar
Monday, March 8, 2021 - 7:00pm
Virtual Event

Presented in partnership with Blue Willow Bookshop

Join BookPeople and Houston indie bookstore Blue Willow Bookshop for this very special virtual presentation from Bill Gates and Sal Khan in promotion of How to Avoid a Climate Disaster, Gates' urgent and authoritative new book. Tickets to attend the March 8th virtual presentation are now available!



  • Tickets are required to join this event. They are available for purchase exclusively on Eventbrite.
  • Tickets begin at $31.95 (includes price of book + domestic shipping charges). Additional tickets for international customers are available, too.
  • Each ticket includes a copy of How to Avoid a Climate Disaster and a link granting you access to the virtual conversation to air on March 8th at 7PM CDT. If you do not receive your link by 5PM CDT on the day of the event, please contact online@bookpeople.com. BookPeople will not be responsible for missing links.
  • Digital doors open at 6:45PM CDT.
  • The conversation begins at 7:00 PM CDT
  • Books will beginning shipping on the week of publication.
  • Refunds are available through Eventbrite up to 7 days before the event.
  • This event will be pre-taped. 

NOTE: Because this is a virtual event that will be hosted on Zoom, you will need access to a computer or other device that is capable of accessing and sufficient Internet access. If you have not used Zoom before, you may consider referencing Getting Started with Zoom.

Keep checking this page as event guidelines and information are subject to change.


In this urgent, 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 a climate catastrophe.

Bill Gates has spent a decade investigating the causes and effects of climate change. With the help of experts in the fields of physics, chemistry, biology, engineering, political science, and finance, he has focused on what must be done in order to stop the planet’s slide to 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.

He gives us a clear-eyed description of the challenges we face. Drawing on his understanding of innovation and what it takes to get new ideas into the market, he describes the areas in which technology is already helping to reduce emissions, where and how the current technology can be made to function more effectively, where breakthrough technologies are needed, and who is working on these essential innovations. Finally, he lays out a concrete, practical plan for achieving the goal of zero emissions—suggesting not only policies that governments should adopt, but what we as individuals can do to keep our government, our employers, and ourselves accountable in this crucial enterprise.

As Bill Gates makes clear, achieving zero emissions will not be simple or easy to do, but if we follow the plan he sets out here, it is a goal firmly within our reach.



Bill Gates is a technologist, business leader, and philanthropist. In 1975, he cofounded Microsoft with his childhood friend Paul Allen; today he and his wife, Melinda, are cochairs of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. He also launched Breakthrough Energy, an effort to commercialize clean energy and other climate-related technologies. He and Melinda have three children and live in Medina, Washington.


Sal Khan is the founder and CEO of Khan Academy, a nonprofit educational organization that offers free lessons in math, science and humanities in multiple languages, as well as tools for parents, teachers and districts to track student progress.

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Thank you for supporting Bill Gates, Sal Khan, and your local independent bookstore!