Bill Gates has been scouting for farmland to help save the environment – aboard one of the world’s worst polluting modes of transport.
On the eve of his appearance at the UN climate summit, the billionaire philanthropist commanded two lavish superyachts for a luxury trip along the Turkish coastline, where he celebrated his birthday and shopped for “hundreds of acres of farmland,” a source told The Theme. Post. “He wants to create a big sustainable farm in Turkey” for the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, the $ 50 billion charity he runs with his ex-wife.
Gates, who turned 66 on Thursday for a beach party that included Amazon founder Jeff Bezos, pledged $ 315 million at the COP26 UN climate conference in Glasgow on Tuesday to help farmers develop crops that are resistant to climate change.
Gates said the money his nonprofit promised in Glasgow will go to a seed consortium that will help farmers adapt to changing climate patterns.
“Unless small farmers can adapt to climate change, we will lose the global fight against hunger and poverty.” he tweeted Tuesday.
But Gates set off on his environmental crusade aboard a superyacht, which environmentalists say is among the world’s worst environmental criminals. According to Turkish news reports, he sailed in the azure waters of the Aegean Sea on LANA, a 354-foot yacht described as “one of the most luxurious superyachts in the world.” The boat includes eight cabins, a golf course, a cinema room, a pool and massage rooms. It accommodates 12 guests and 31 crew members and rents for more than $ 2 million a week, according to a Monaco-based yacht rental service.
LANA was followed by Wayfinder – a 223-foot luxury “supply boat” believed to be owned by the billionaire and used to house his 30 bodyguards for the week-long trip, according to Turkish news reports.
A Gates representative did not respond to a request for comment.
“A superyacht with a permanent crew, helicopter pad, submarines and pools emits about 7,020 tons of CO2 per year … making it by far the worst asset to own from an environmental point of view,” wrote climate experts Richard Wilk and Beatriz Barros at the University of Indiana Institute of Anthropology. Wilk told The Post that the average person’s CO2 emissions in a year are between five and 10 tons.
“Gates has publicly admitted that he is a hypocrite on climate change,” Wilk said. “On the one hand, he has been very outreach about the state of the world, but then again [his actions show] he will not give up his lifestyle. It is a real contradiction. ”
Last week, Gates, 66, booked the Sea Me Beach restaurant in the Aegean port city of Fethiye, Turkey, where guests arrived by helicopter and speedboat for the four-hour event, according to Turkish media.
Bezos, the second richest man in the world with a net worth of nearly $ 200 billion, logged a 120-mile flight to reach the party. He later took a private jet to Glasgow, where on Tuesday he pledged $ 2 billion for nature conservation and transformation of food systems.
Gates had hosted 50 birthday party guests eating sushi and pizza and sipping champagne overlooking the Aegean Sea.
“Gates started in [the resort town of] Bodrum before jumping from bay to bay, ”according to an article in the Daily Sabah. He celebrated his birthday on Thursday and also visited Izmir, where he took in the sights, and visited the ancient city of Ephesus and the House of the Virgin Mary, a Catholic shrine where Jesus’ mother is said to have spent her last years.
It was Gates’ second visit to the country in four months, according to the Turkish newspaper, as he has explored business and philanthropic opportunities. He already owns 22,000 acres near Thrace in western Turkey, according to local news reports.
Gates, who ended his divorce from Melinda Gates, his wife of 27 years, in August, traveled to Turkey shortly after celebrating his eldest daughter’s wedding in Westchester last month. Jennifer Gates, 25, who attends medical school in New York City, posted a tribute and a photo from her lavish wedding on Instagram on her father’s birthday last Thursday.
“Thank you for learning from your example of endless curiosity, constant exploration and desire to help humanity. Excited to hear about what you are learning in this next trip around the sun,” she said. “Thank you for your support of our union. and dream day recently – these memories will last a lifetime 🤍 Xx Jenn. “