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Why This Matters: The world’s most powerful corporations have contributed an inordinate amount of emissions to the world’s carbon footprint, and although many have pledged to reduce and combat emissions, a good number have refused to disclose their emissions at all. While Amazon has committed to meeting the goals of the Paris Agreement by 2040 and has disclosed its carbon footprint, the company’s emissions rose by 19% in 2020. This move to dedicate $1 billion dollars represents a big follow-through on Bezos’s climate commitments, but critics worry that the lack of details on how the money will be spent may delay swift impact.
The fund says it intends to prioritize funding in regions “where there is significant need and opportunity, as well as where there is a strong political commitment to nature,” but has yet to specify what organizations or initiatives it will be supporting. “By coming together with the right focus and ingenuity, we can have both the benefits of our modern lives and a thriving natural world,” said Bezos in a statement. “I hope this commitment inspires others to make their own pledges to protect and conserve nature and help in the fight against climate change. A job this big needs many allies.”
Bezos has received support for the Earth Fund by leaders including British Prime Minister Boris Johnson, US Special Presidential Envoy for Climate John Kerry, and United Nations Deputy Secretary General Amina Mohammed. Still, many have criticized him for refraining to sign the Giving Pledge, founded by Warren Buffett and Bill Gates, which asks billionaires to pledge a majority of their wealth to philanthropy. Bezos has increased his giving in recent years, and is among the world’s top philanthropists, but his giving in proportion to his wealth lags behind that of his peers.
Researchers from the National University of Singapore used data from more than 1,000 twin siblings to evaluate their opinions about environmental policy. They found identical twins were more likely to have similar views on green policy than non-identical twins, suggesting that support for climate action may have a genetic component. Felix Tropf, a professor in […]
Last month, 50,000 images from 90 countries entered National Geographic’s 2021 Wildlife Photographer of the Year competition. Among the many breathtaking photos of a living planet fighting against climate change, a winner has finally been chosen. French underwater photographer Laurent Ballesta has been awarded Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2021 for his photo of […]
The Fossil Fuel Resistance is in Washington, D.C. October 11-15, 2021#PeopleVsFossilFuels pic.twitter.com/BsnJsujRFe — Climate Justice Alliance (CJA) (@CJAOurPower) October 11, 2021 On Monday, Indigenous Peoples’ Day, hundreds of people marched to the White House to demand the President and Congress step up efforts to combat climate change. The rally was organized by the Build Back Fossil […]
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