Attention à Bill Gates

Sans que ce soit justifié, Bill Gates est l’ennemi numéro un des complotistes et autres opposants à la vaccination. Mais sur d’autres fronts, il y a de bonnes raisons de questionner ses stratégies selon ce qu’on peut lire dans ce texte sur ses ambitions environnementales.

Ultimately, Gates’s technological ‘solutions’ to the climate crisis are flawed, because they do not fundamentally change anything about the way our society functions. In doing so, they justify the status quo, based on destructive extractivism and excessive consumption. For instance, Gates’ solution for the emissions caused by aviation is to replace jet fuels with biofuels – but this is a replacement, not a solution. It does not address the root causes, and is likely to cause more problems that it solves. It’s evident that Gates has the most to lose from more radical solutions to the climate crisis, which attempt to address our capitalist society’s obsession with economic growthits ignorance of ecological boundaries, and its inherent inequalities. Gates does not want a new normal. He wants very much the same normal – just with less carbon emissions.

La philanthropie n’a pas que de bons côtés. Elle laisse entre les mains d’individus très riches des décisions importantes, qu’elles soient bonnes ou non, qui devraient être prises démocratiquement.

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