Jeff Bezos has announced the first donation of his $10 billion (£7.69 billion) commitment to fund the fight against climate change.
- The Amazon boss confirmed that he has donated $791 million to scientists, activists, NGOs, and others.
- He shared the news on Instagram and gave a list of the 16 grantees.
- Bezos: “We can all protect Earth’s future by taking bold action now.”
On Instagram, Bezos confirmed that he has donated $791 million to fight climate change.
In February 2020, the Amazon boss announced that he has pledged to donate $10 billion (£7.69bn) to a global initiative called the Bezos Earth Fund. He made this announcement on February 17 on Instagram as he uploaded a photo and announced the launch of Bezos Earth Fund. In the caption, Bezos wrote: “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.” Now, the 56-year-old has announced that he has donated $791 million and that this is just beginning of his $10 billion pledge to fight climate change.
On Monday, Bezos announced:
I’ve spent the past several months learning from a group of incredibly smart people who’ve made it their life’s work to fight climate change and its impact on communities around the world. I’m inspired by what they’re doing, and excited to help them scale. Today, I’m pleased to announce the first Bezos Earth Fund recipients—16 organizations working on innovative, ambitious, and needle-moving solutions. This $791 million in donations is just the beginning of my $10 billion commitment to fund scientists, activists, NGOs, and others. We can all protect Earth’s future by taking bold action now.
Here are the grantees: The Climate and Clean Energy Equity Fund, ClimateWorks Foundation, Dream Corps Green For All, Eden Reforestation Projects, Energy Foundation, Environmental Defense Fund, The Hive Fund for Climate and Gender Justice, Natural Resources Defense Council, The Nature Conservancy, NDN Collective, Rocky Mountain Institute, Salk Institute for Biological Studies, The Solutions Project, Union of Concerned Scientists, World Resources Institute, and World Wildlife Fund.
The Bezos Earth Fund has the power to make a huge, positive impact on the fight against climate change.