CM – Amazon’s Jeff Bezos pledges $ 2 billion to help protect the planet

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Nov. 2 (UPI) – Amazon founder and billionaire Jeff Bezos announced at the UN Climate Change Conference on Tuesday that he was allocating $ 2 billion to a project to restore natural habitats and promote global food systems.
Bezos, one of the richest people in the world, announced this on the sidelines of the conference in Scotland, also known as COP26.
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November 2 (UPI) – Amazon founder and billionaire Jeff Bezos announced at the UN Climate Change Conference on Tuesday that he was allocating $ 2 billion to a project to restore natural habitats and promote global food systems .

Bezos, one of the richest people in the world, announced this on the sidelines of the conference in Scotland, also known as COP26.

Bezos said private industry had a role to play in the climate crisis and pledged that his business would be a leader.

The $ 2 billion will come from the newly created $ 10 billion Bezos Earth Fund, the climate – and environmental protection measures financially supported.

A portion of the $ 2 billion will be used to support a plan to halt deforestation worldwide by 2030, which was signed by more than 100 nations at the conference in Scotland on Tuesday.

« [ We] spoke to heads of state and government from Colombia, Ecuador, Panama, Costa Rica and Bolivia about protecting land and sea, « he said in a tweet.

 » Together they oversee one of the most diverse regions on earth. The Bezos Earth Fund is working with them to create the largest transnational marine reserve in the world, covering an area the size of California.  »

In July, Bezos flew into space aboard one of his Blue Origin missiles on the company’s first private space flight with civilians. He told the UN conference on Tuesday that the experience made him realize how “finite and fragile” the earth is.

“I was told that looking at the earth from space changes the lens out of which you look at the world, ”said Bezos, according to The Guardian. « But I wasn’t prepared for how much that would be true.

 » When you look back at the earth from up there, the atmosphere seems so thin; the world so limited and so fragile. Now, in this critical year, we must all stand together to protect our world.  »

Bezos said the world couldn’t just rely on the government to solve the climate crisis.

Amazon said Tuesday that it also helped « mobilize » $ 1 billion, to protect rainforests around the world.

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