Story at a glance:

  • Jeff Bezos is pledging $1 billion to save the Earth.
  • The goal is to protect 30 percent of the Earth’s land and sea by 2030 in an effort to prevent mass extinctions.
  • Amazon contributes to the massive carbon footprint of the airplanes, trucks and vans that race to deliver packages to its customers within a day or two.

Jeff Bezos, the founder of Amazon and owner of The Washington Post, is pledging $1 billion he already secured through his $10 billion foundations.

Founded in 2020, the Bezos Earth Fund is an initiative that focuses on “areas that are important for biodiversity and carbon stocks and will give emphasis to the central role of local communities and Indigenous peoples in conservation efforts,” The Washington Postreported.


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The latest announcement received support from leaders like British Prime Minister Boris Johnson, U.S. Special Presidential Envoy for Climate John F. Kerry and United Nations Deputy Secretary General Amina Mohammed.

The $1 billion environmental philanthropy conservation effort, which Bezos announced on Monday, has a goal by 2030 to protect 30 percent of the Earth’s land and sea in an effort to prevent mass extinctions.

That initiative could protect up to 80 percent of plant and animal species, secure 60 percent of necessary carbon stocks and sustain two-thirds of clean water, The Washington Post reported.

However, fellow billionaires like Warren Buffett and Bill Gates have made bigger strides in protecting the Earth, with the duo forming the Giving Pledge, a pledge billionaires make in an attempt to give a majority of their wealth to charity.

But in recent years, Bezos has been trying to catch up, prioritizing on donating scholarships and creating a fund for preschools and homeless families, in addition to his environmental giving, and even stepping down as Amazon’s chief executive in July.

Bezos still has a lot to prove to climate change activists, even employees of Amazon — especially the group Amazon Employees for Climate Justice, the Post reports. They say the company contributes to the massive carbon footprint of the airplanes, trucks and vans that race to deliver packages to its customers within a day or two. 

Although a speedy delivery service is handy, activists think the cloud-computing business and shipping operations have a significant carbon footprint.

Amazon has somewhat relieved the problem by coming up with its own emissions-reporting regimen called the Climate Pledge.

It was introduced in 2019 and was inspired by the Paris climate agreement. 


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Published on Sep 22, 2021