Amazon's CEO Jeff Bezos contributes over 1 trillion yen from pocket money to establish a global warming countermeasure fund
February 17, 2020, Amazon known as the world's best wealthyJeff BezosThe CEO has announced that it will set up a new fund focused on combating global warming and will contribute more than $ 10 billion. The new fund will be financed entirely by Bezos's pocket money.
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The World's Richest Man Just Pledged $ 10 Billion to Fight Climate Change
In a statement released on Instagram, Bezos said, "Climate change is the greatest threat to the planet. I will expand known and explore new ways to combat the devastating effects of climate change on the planet. I want to work together with others who do that. "
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Today, I'm thrilled to announce I am launching the Bezos Earth Fund. Climate change is the biggest threat to our planet.I want to work alongside others both to amplify known ways and to explore new ways of fighting. the devastating impact of climate change on this planet we all share.This global initiative will fund scientists, activists, NGOs — any effort that offers a real possibility to help preserve and protect the natural world.We can save Earth.It's going to take collective action from big companies, small companies, nation states, global organizations, and individuals. 'I'm committing $ 10 billion to start and will begin issuing grants this summer.Earth is the one thing we all have in common — let's protect it, together. -Jeff
The newly established fund is "the Bezos Earth FundIt is said to fund scientists, activists, NGOs, etc. who offer the real potential of conserving nature. According to people familiar with the Bezos Earth Fund, the fund is focusing on charitable donations rather than investing in the private sector.
In addition, Bezos CEO is a fund established by Microsoft's founder Bill Gates “Breakthrough Energy Ventures, But the Bezos Earth Fund established this time is independent of the existing fund. According to an Amazon spokeswoman, the funding source for the new fund is Bezos' pocket money.
Recent Bezos CEO is working on the issue of global warming, and in September 2019, launched measures against climate change such as “ buy 100,000 electric vehicles '' in order to reduce carbon dioxide emissions from Amazon's business Was. Amazon has set a goal to increase the proportion of renewable energy such as wind and solar to 100% of energy use by 2030, and to reduce the greenhouse gas emitted by Amazon as a whole to 2040 by 2040 You.
However, Amazon's employee group who has been protesting about environmental issues "Amazon Employees For Climate Justice"Recognized the philanthropy of Bezos, but he cannot protect himself while at the same time contributing to the destruction of nature." Still claims that Amazon's efforts are inadequate.
Amazon Employees for Climate Justice Statement on Jeff Bezos ’Earth Fund
The Bezos Earth Fund is planning to start grants in the summer of 2020, but at the time of writing the article, details such as how to apply for grants, the conditions required for application, and the exact timing of grants are unknown. .
In addition, The Verge reported on the establishment of this fund, Bezos CEO has $ 130 billion (about 14.30 trillion yen) assets, and even if you spend $ 10 billion on philanthropic activities, it will withdraw from so much net worth Not many. Also, Bezos CEOEstablish a fund to build a free kindergarten network and support the homelessOrSolicit ideas for philanthropy on TwitterHe said he has worked on various charities.