It is an understatement to say that everyone should care more about climate change. At this point, the rhetoric should be focused more on what we should be doing right now to change our grim outcome and less on trying to convince people that what is happening is real and has detrimental effects. Unfortunately, a lot of people are still stuck in the latter category of the discussion on climate change.

For the rest of us who find ourselves in the former category, truly fear what is yet to come if we don’t do something about the situation right now. Even though it isn’t an easy task, especially in construction, I am constantly trying to improve in the area of sustainability. That is why I couldn’t wait to get my hands on Bill Gates’ new book “How to Avoid a Climate Disaster.” Why we need to achieve zero greenhouse gas emissions is a given—we need to save our planet and preserve the future of mankind. The hard part is knowing what you can do to achieve that—especially on an individual scale.

What’s remarkable about Bill Gates’ book are the doable steps we can take to make an impact in something that makes us feel at times as if we are helpless. The book fills you with a sense of empowerment—the feeling of being able to do something. That’s because it’s true, an individual can make a difference. However, that doesn’t mean we should turn our attention away from the politicians who make policies and the companies that continuously don’t live up to greener standards. They also need to be held accountable on the road to zero emissions.

I wholeheartedly recommend this book. Readers who still need convincing about why we need to do something about climate change and for those who feel like they want to do something but don’t know how or if they can, will find it equally insightful.

What was your most important takeaway from this book?

Were there steps that you read that you considered implementing in your company and/or as an individual?

Any critiques? The New York Times provided a slightly critical take on the book:

Out of curiosity—have you read “The New Climate War: The Fight to Take Back Our Planet” by Michael E. Mann?