Bill Gates: Interviewed by Anderson Cooper—Online
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Bill Gates: Interviewed by Anderson Cooper—Online

Past Event: Thursday, February 18, 2021


In the urgent, authoritative book How to Avoid a Climate Disaster: The Solutions We Have and the Breakthroughs We Need, 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. This event will be pre-recorded, and Gates will be interviewed by Anderson Cooper.

Although this event has passed, you can still purchase a digital pass through February 25 at 7:30 p.m.

This event will be pre-recorded and online only.

All ticket holders (except Student/25&Under and complimentary tickets) will get a copy of Gates’ new book, shipped straight to their homes by one of our partner bookstores for this evening.

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.

Anderson Cooper, our moderator for the evening, is the anchor of CNN’s Anderson Cooper 360°, a global newscast that goes beyond the headlines with in-depth reporting and investigations. The show airs weeknights at 8:00 p.m. ET on CNN and is simulcast to an international audience on CNN International. Cooper also hosts Anderson Cooper Full Circle, a streaming show which airs on CNN’s digital properties weekdays at 5:00 p.m. ET and is also available on demand. Learn more.

Event Details

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Need access to the digital event?

All tickets have been emailed for Bill Gates’s event, so be sure to check your inbox for an email from Call us at 206-621-2230 x10 if you can’t find them.

Your e-tickets, which come attached in a PDF with your ticket order confirmation email as well, will contain your digital access password. Return to the event page the night of the event at and enter the password where prompted. The program begins at 7:30 p.m. (PST) and will be available for viewing for a week after the event.

SAL will also send an email the day of the event, containing the same information. If you have opted out of receiving SAL emails, you will miss this important information—please email us at and we will assist you.


All ticket holders (except Student/25&Under and complimentary tickets) will get a copy of How to Avoid a Climate Disaster, shipped straight to their homes by one of our partner bookstores for this evening:

Book Larder
Elliott Bay Book Company
Island Books
Phinney Books
Queen Anne Book Company
Secret Garden Books
Third Place Books
University Book Store

If you have not received your book by the end of March, please email, and we will assist you.


Closed Captioning is an option for people who have hearing loss, where captioning displays the words that are spoken or sung at the bottom of the video. Captioning is available for all online events; click the “CC” button to view captions during the event.

Sign Language Interpretation is available upon request for Deaf, DeafBlind, and hard of hearing individuals at online events. To make a request for ASL interpretation, please contact us at or 206.621.2230×10, or select Sign Language Interpretation from the Accessibility section during your ticket checkout process, and we will reach out to you to confirm details. Please note: we appreciate a two-week advance notice to allow us time to secure interpretation.

We are pleased to offer these accessibility services for online events, and they are provided at no additional cost to ticket holders. Please contact us with any questions and feedback about how we can be more accessible and inclusive. Our Patron Services Manager is available at, or Monday-Friday from 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. at 206.621.2230×10. For more accessibility information, please head to


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