Jeff Bezos pledges $1 billion to conservation through Bezos Earth Fund
Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos announces the co-founding of The Climate Pledge at the National Press Club on September 19, 2019, in Washington.
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Jeff Bezos on Monday pledged to give away $1 billion in grants this year with a focus on conservation efforts.
The pledge comes through the Bezos Earth Fund, which the Amazon founder and chairman started in 2020 to execute his $10 billion commitment to fight climate change. With a target of $10 billion in 2030, the Bezos Earth Fund pledges to give $1 billion per year to scientists, activists and others working on global climate change.
After this year’s emphasis on conservation, it stated that the fund will support landscape restoration and food systems transportation in the next few years.
According to a press release, the Bezos Earth Fund stated that its latest grant round will be used “to create, expand, manage, and monitor protected or conserved areas.” Fund plans to begin with Central Africa’s Congo Basin. The tropical Andes Region and the Tropical Pacific Ocean are all key areas for biodiversity, carbon stocks or carbon storage.
Bezos released a statement saying that “the natural world is not more beautiful today than it was 500 year ago,” This anomaly can be reversed.
The grant recipients are not known yet. According to the Bezos Earth Fund, priority will be given in areas that are important for conservation programs.
Earlier this month, the fund said it would give away $203.7 million by the end of the year to organizations advancing climate justice, among other causes. That’s after it awarded $791 million in grants last year to 16 organizations, including the World Wildlife Fund, the Natural Resources Defense Council and the Nature Conservancy.