Amazon founder and world’s second richest man, Jeff Bezos has made a pledge of $2 billion towards the restoration and protection of the environment and citing his recent trip to outer space as a motivation for his pledge.
Jeff Bezos who took to the podium made the announcement while speaking at the COP26 conference which had many world dignitaries in attendance
During his speech at the conference he hammered on the importance of making haste in coming to the rescue of earth as he said that while jetting into outer space he noted how thin our atmosphere has become which he described as a growing worry
“I was told that seeing the Earth from space changes the lens from which you view the world. But I was not prepared for just how much that would be true,” Bezos said, via the Press Association news agency.
“Looking back at Earth from up there, the atmosphere seems so thin, the world so finite and so fragile. Now, in this critical year and what we all know is the decisive decade, we must all stand together to protect our world.”
Jeff Bezos while making his pledge of $2b at the conference for environment protection and rehabilitation noted that two-thirds of Africa’s lands have been degraded but was quick to add that all is not lost as all the damage done to the land can be reversed
“We must conserve what we still have, we must restore what we’ve lost and we must grow what we need to live without degrading the planet for future generations to come. Restoration can improve soil fertility, raise yields and improve food security, make water more reliable, create jobs and boost economic growth, while also sequestering carbon.”
The billionaire said the money from his Bezos Earth Fund is part of a $10 billion commitment to fight climate change over the next decade.