Jeff Bezos, the founder of Amazon, has pledged to spend $10 billion on land and sea conservation in an effort to fight climate change.
The money is to come from the Bezos Earth Fund, which was established in 2020, and will payout over the next 10 years.
They made the announcement Monday, which was shared by the Bezos Earth Fund.
In the announcement, Bezos said:
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“When people hanker for the good old days and glamorize the past, they’re almost always wrong. By most metrics, life is better than it was in the past. Global poverty rates are lower, infant mortality and life expectancies are better, and education rates are much higher.”
He continued, saying:
“But there is a notable exception – the natural world is not better today than it was 500 years ago, when we enjoyed unspoiled forests, clean rivers, and the pristine air of the pre-industrial age. We can and must reverse this anomaly. By coming together with the right focus and ingenuity, we can have both the benefits of our modern lives and a thriving natural world. I hope this commitment inspires others to make their own pledges to protect and conserve nature and help in the fight against climate change. A job this big needs many allies.”
He further shared thoughts he had about his recent space flight. He said that while on Earth, everything feels stable and vast. But “from up there, the atmosphere seems thin, and the world finite. Both beautiful, both fragile.”
According to CNBC, the money will go to activists, scientists and other groups working to address the globe’s climate crisis, with an emphasis on conserved areas.
Watch the announcement below:Whizzco