Jeff Bezos speaks at the COP26 climate summit in Glasgow, UK on 2 November 2021.
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Amazon founder Jeff Bezos has pledged $ 2 billion in funding to help restore nature and transform food systems.
The funding, which will come from the Bezos Earth Fund, is part of the billionaire’s commitment to spend $ 10 billion on fighting climate change this decade.
“Nature is beautiful, but it is also fragile,” Bezos told delegates at the COP26 climate conference on Tuesday. “I was reminded of this in July when I went into space with Blue Origin. I was told to see the earth from space change the lens one sees through the world, but I was not prepared for how much that would be true. . “
Bezos described 2021 as a critical year and called on humanity to “stand together to protect our world.”
“Every year, forests and landscapes absorb 11 billion tonnes of CO2 from the atmosphere. As we destroy nature, we reverse this process,” he said of the event in Glasgow, UK. “This is a deep danger for all of us.”
In September, the Bezos Earth Fund promised to provide $ 1 billion in grants this year, focusing on conservation efforts.
“Together, these $ 3 billion in pledges will drive a new triple nature agenda for the Bezos Earth Fund, focusing at the same time on conservation, restoration and food transformation,” Bezos said.
“We must preserve what we still have, we must restore what we have lost, and we must cultivate what we need to live without degrading the planet for future generations.”
Bezos has been focusing on Blue Origin, his space exploration business, and initiatives like the Earth Fund since stepping down as Amazon CEO in July.
But there are concerns that the private aerospace industry, touted by companies like Blue Origin, could be harmful to the environment as it gains traction.