Amazon founder Jeff Bezos on Monday announced a $ 2 billion pledge to tackle climate change at the 2021 United Nations Climate Change Conference, or COP26.
Bezos announced his pledge after traveling to the annual summit with speeches from various world leaders, including President Biden, in his private jet.
“Today, I am pleased to announce a $ 2 billion commitment going directly to restoring nature and transforming food systems,” Bezos said at the conference Monday.
The $ 2 billion pledge is part of a larger $ 10 billion pledge from Amazon’s founder’s grant program, called Bezos Earth Fund, to tackle climate change and “improve nature and advance environmental justice and economic opportunities “by 2030, explained the billionaire.
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“Our commitment today supports a triple imperative: we must conserve what we have, restore what we have lost and cultivate what we need in harmony with nature,” he continued. âInvesting in nature through traditional and innovative approaches is essential to tackle climate change, improve biodiversity, protect the beauty of the natural world and create a prosperous future. “
Bezos also reflected on his first space trip in July on a rocket designed by his aerospace company, Blue Origin.
âI’ve been told that seeing Earth from space changes the lens through which you see the world,â Bezos said during his speech. “But I was not prepared for this to be true. Looking at Earth from up there – the atmosphere seems so thin – the world so finite and so fragile.”
The $ 2 billion pledge will allocate $ 1 billion to landscape restoration efforts from Africa, which “will include tree planting on degraded landscapes, grassland revitalization and tree integration. in farmland, “according to a press release.
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Another billion dollars “I will help transform food and agricultural systems to support life without degrading the planet,” the statement said.
Bezos and his partner, Lauren SÃ¡nchez, have met with global climate leaders since the start of the climate summit on Sunday.
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The former CEO of Amazon, through the Bezos Earth Fund and through Amazon, has committed tens of billions of dollars to fight climate change. The Earth Fund previously announced a $ 1 billion pledge to protect conserved areas during Climate Week NYC in September.
Bezos has repeatedly claimed that climate change is the “greatest threat” to the planet.
Jessica Chasmar of Fox News contributed to this report.