The fight against climate change is now receiving a massive infusion of money. Not even a month after it was unveiled that the founder of Amazon.com, threatened to fire employees who talked about the company’s terrible role in the climate disaster, the world’s richest person now, Jeff Bezos, announced on Monday, February 17th that he is establishing an organization dedicated to this cause.
He also stated that he is giving $10 billion of his fortune to get it started. The new Bezos Earth Fund ‘will fund scientists, activists, NGOs [nongovernmental organizations] — any effort that offers a real possibility to help preserve and protect the natural world,’ the billionaire stated in an Instagram post. He also referred to climate change as ‘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,” Bezos added. “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.”
‘One Hand Cannot Give What the Other is Taking Away’
Bezos has noted environmental concerns as a main stimulus for the plans of his spaceflight company, Blue Origin, which intends to transport millions of people to space, where they will live and work. Achieving this target will apparently relieve our plagued Earth, Bezos has emphasized.
“Blue Origin believes that in order to preserve Earth, our home, for our grandchildren’s grandchildren, we must go to space to tap its unlimited resources and energy,” the company’s website reads. “Like the Industrial Revolution gave way to trade, economic abundance, new communities, and high-speed transportation — our road to space opens the door to the infinite and yet unimaginable future generations might enjoy.”
Amazon Employees For Climate Justice released a statement on Monday via Twitter, which said: “We applaud Jeff Bezos’ philanthropy, but one hand cannot give what the other is taking away.”
The statement continued: “The people of Earth need to know: When is Amazon going to stop helping oil & gas companies ravage Earth with still more oil and gas wells? When is Amazon going to stop funding climate-denying think tanks like the Competitive Enterprise Institute and climate-delaying policy? When will Amazon take responsibility for the lungs of children near its warehouses by moving from diesel to all-electric trucking?”