Jeff Bezos: World's richest man pledges $10bn to fight climate change
The Amazon boss and world's richest man gives 8% of his fortune to fight the planet's 'biggest threat'.AFP Amazon boss Jeff Bezos has pledged $10bn (£7.7bn) to help fight climate change. The world's richest man said the money would finance work by scientists, activists and other groups. He said:"I want to work alongside others both to amplify known ways and to explore new ways of fighting the devastating impact of climate change." Writing on his Instagram account, Mr Bezos said the fund would begin distributing money this summer. Mr Bezos has an estimated net worth of more than $130bn, so the pledge represents almost 8% of his fortune. Some Amazon employees have urged him to do more to fight climate change. There have been walkouts and some staff have spoken publicly. Also, Mr Bezos is financing the Blue Origin space programme, criticised for its carbon footprint. Compared to some multi-billionaires, Mr Bezos had done only limited philanthropy. His biggest donation before Monday's pledge is thought to have been $2bn in September 2018 to help homeless families and fund schools. He has also been criticised for not signing the Giving Pledge, under which the super-rich promise to give away half of their wealth during their lifetimes. The Seattle-based company is a neighbour of Microsoft, which in January unveiled a plan to become carbon negative by 2030. Mr Bezos's full Instagram post read:"Today, I'm thrilled to announce I am launching the Bezos Earth Fund. "Climate change is 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 we all share. This global initiative will fund scientists, activists, NGOs - any effort that offers a real possibility to help preserve and protect the natural world. "We can save Earth. It's going to take collective action from big companies, small companies, nation states, global organisations, and individuals. "I'm committing $10bn to start and will begin issuing grants this summer. Earth is the one thing we all have in common - let's protect it, together." Related Topics Read more: BBC News (UK)
Hope this is true Definitely not for PR purposes Fair play to him, lets remember here that he didn’t have to.....but he has Omg is this real ? No i dont think so 😜 Don’t spend it on the sponging scientists and climate change blinkered. Buy huge chunks of rain forest and police them! He is polluting the plant with his lorries and deliveries
Amazing news. Ignore the troll comments, this is a great thing by a man trying to be a great man. 👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻 Literally EVERY comment her is negative. Never seen such union on Twitter. Shame it's all negative though ahaha Still won’t pledge a living wage and fair workplace practices to his warehouse workers, but it’s something I guess.
Good to hear yea !! really...than it's time for Bezos to start with his own hundreds and thousands of delivery Van's and lorries puffing out and guzzling fossil fuels all over the world.
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These pledges are usually worthless. Yes we.need.more of this ridiculous stuff Money saves us money also.fucks us. moneywars We need.paper and.metal.coins to save the world Maybe this is an example of what Governments should do. Can the UK Government afford that much..... doubt it Criticised because he won't hand over half his wealth.. Piss off its his money, he can do what he wants with it.. Cheeky fucks.
He could do so much more by reducing plastic packaging in amazon and paying his taxes Good. Paying proper taxes for these people is better. I'm gonna put a 5er on climate change to go down in the 7th but still win on points That’s really good but can Amazon start paying tax too Join us in Edinburgh to discuss this topic this Thursday evening RCPEdin
Met Office's new £1bn supercomputer 'will help us protect against climate change effects'Predicting storms and modelling climate change about to get faster and more precise, say forecasters ....is it secretly an umbrella stand? Or does it just tell the tories when to sell at risk properties? Surely it will just tell us which areas are going to be worst hit by weather Just stop producing so much CO2, don’t need a super computer for that
Wonderful gestures from those seeking to set off a bit of surplus against taxes! Some used to donate as much to their Church, but that was when people accepted normal and natural variation in climate as being their God's work. Now there's a new money spinner in place. 🙆♂️🤦♂️ We are able to see them or discover them now. This $10 billion dollars would be better used to help the downtrodden, the less privileged, the poor, the sick who are in the hospital but no money to pay their bills and those who are dying due to lack of money to pay hospital bills
Since we have 12 years left to live, why are they still making babies who will according to them die in 11 years time? Climate change is trillion dollars scam. Whatever you are seeing today has been in existence millions years ago except that with advance technology.... Those who initiated this idea of climate change are really genius and must have become billionaires overnight. But let me ask a question. They said we have only 12 years left to live but why are they still working and crediting their bank account with millions of dollars?
He owes that in tax. Yeah!!! Yeah!!! From 'Amazon Employees for Climate Justice': May be he should use some of that money to create safe working conditions for his low paid, demoralised staff. A year’s EU membership.... wow! First pay your employee the service delivery people better salary then go do global philanthropy. Everyone read winner takes all
World leaders due to attend climate change summit put at riskTwo hundred heads of state and tens of thousands of delegates will gather for the Conference of the Parties summit at the Scottish Event Campus (pictured) in November. - Just having a ClimateChange summit puts us all at risk. ClimateCult Another jolly for the climate campaigners who will no doubt generate masses of CO2 yet achieve nothing except increasing their air miles and hotel loyalty points totals. In a world of hi tech communication why the need to have all these Wasters in one place when it done online? That girl the named of ninu family were being culprited and just for the tiny trp they are making or wasting time of whole world that they all punished.note Darshana bag with Gabriel Attal GabrielAttal . ;-D
Give me your 10 billion and I will sort out this climate change for you if you put thid money out to anyone else you will waste it only by giving it to me can you be certain that climate change will be stopped Can’t wait for a solar flare to take out his satellites 🛰 the narcissistic ct Maybe he should pay his taxes as well
A pledge is talk, talk is cheap! Will someone tell him there’s no such thing....idiot. It’s the biggest hoax ever. How will this invisible money be not spent? Another $making move, Did any one ask him how he is going to fight climate change, His business is 1 of the most damaging to climate than others, just thing of delivering 1 $5 item on prime if he really care about the climate he should give up his business and live style
I can see the day people voting him. Only if we totally surrender to Alexa JeffBezos,W ill you paying your workers properly as well. Will you be improving the working conditions for your workforce Will you be paying fair and Due Taxes as well Will you be reducing packaging What Govt scam/scheme/subsidies have you latched on to on climate change?
World leaders due to attend climate change summit put at riskTwo hundred heads of state and tens of thousands of delegates will gather for the Conference of the Parties summit at the Scottish Event Campus (pictured) in November. Oi the climate never changer in Glasgow, its always raining haha It should be moved anyway. SNP support planning demonstrations. The blind meeting with the brainwashed 🙄
Wants to be God now? It's always what he is planning to do with that one isn't it..? Never what he has actually done Whats he gonna do....pay for 2 speeches by Greta? JeffBezos - is that how much it costs to retrain your Packaging Team? They always gratefully receive my feedback in their endeavour to continually improve the current *fucking shameful* process, before directing me to a generic recycling link. Copy & Paste Reply: check ✅ Ta ^BS
Sure he is ... Just like he donated about 10 pence to the Australian bushfires. Workers still underpaid Sooooo, he makes that in what...20 minutes? Apologies for repeating myself but I have done the math and Bezos still owes at least $428 billion and that is just for the fines! Death and taxes, Jeff. Death and taxes 4 realz.
Great, maybe Amazon could address their excessive packaging and single use plastic alongside this pledge I wish I could say this was a selfless act but you just know he's going to make money off this somehow.
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Excellent. No need for climate communism then. Hypocrisy everywhere He can start by reducing the amount of nonsensical packaging Amazon use! Yet bans employees mentioning it .. 😊🤔 Fool and his money are soon parted although he is probably cashing in on the climate change scam. I doubt that figure would even cover the cost of recycling the bubble wrap his business uses annually (that’s if it can be recycled!)
Thanks JeffBezos, every bit helps, but we are gonna need a ton more. It's to late now. Yeah prob end up owning the atmosphere!!! and all security systems of our planet..
Met Office to get £1.2bn supercomputer to improve weather and climate forecastingExperts say the new technology will predict severe weather and climate change effects faster and more accurately than before. Just go on would save yourselves £1.2bil. We really know how to piss money up the wall in this country
Trying to save the Amazon. how about you just pay your taxes for once? 10 mins after damning documentary comes out making the world want to split Amazon up and close it down, amazing that!!!!!! So he can control where it goes? No thanks. Pay your tax. give it to the enviroment agency to clean and dredge the bloody rivers in the uk.Used to be done on a regular basis didnt have a problem
Great! He can start by getting the GOP out of the white house. funny how all the super rich support so called 'climate change' Will these claims be auditable or are they just a quick easy way to grab some of that sweet greenwashing publicity? 30 seconds on Google.
Where's he been the last ten to 20 years? DefundtheBBC Customers who fought this item also fought... Noooo the head line should read Jeff Bezos is giving £10bn of our tax money to fighting climate change 👍 He couldn't lend us a score till payday could he? I have climate change in my back garden please can I have 1% of that to help me with the issue.
Considering his personal wealth is one hundred and fifty thousand million pounds : that’s generous: Not! Amazing how some people can see this as a bad thing. 10 billion dollars is a lot of money. What the fuck Is it with people nowadays do they never learn, this guy is pledging 10 billion dollars to something that will benefit all mankind and gets grief, ffs
JeffBezos is the world's biggest cunman who is monopolising the e-tail market.
Right. Now thats sorted can we give up on this stupid idea of getting rid of petrol & diesel vehicles please. Notated what people do Twitter has to be negative every time this is BS - start in your own house. stop waste, stop plastic, use biodegradeable products The Climate change agenda is an economic model with a healthy return(for the super rich) and Lex Luther wants a piece.
amazing we are ready for that because everything is right befor us delighted for that He could start by paying his staff enough to be able to buy an electric car, his delivery drivers enough to buy electric vans, and pay his taxes so all our buses can go electric You know every extra billion into our economy helps when trying to save the planet.
If he wants to spend his own money like this, go right ahead. Talk to China,India SEAsia and Russia or talk to the hand. How is he the world's richest man after that costly divorce? Billionaires are happier to donate $10bn to a cause of their choice, than pay $5bn in tax. The reason? Influence and notoriety. You don’t get credit for paying your tax. But choosing where your money goes you get a plaque maybe even favourable policy.
How about starting with some tax Good. That's what you should be doing with all that cake. Humanity thanks you sir. who the fu35 are you paying? You can't fight nature! Stop riding gasoline cars now! The whole world!! Can he buy me an electric car? That would help immensely. Ob er die Welt retten kann? Nun, 10 Milliarden $ eingesetzt, damit sich ein Ozean stetig vor Florida abkühlt, würde die Hurricane-Anzahl deutlich verringern, Brände würden Richtung LA abnehmen, wenn er Meerwasser zu Trinkwasser umwandelt & nach Alaska hoch, wär es nie so kalt!
As Bezos and MikeBloomberg FIGHT the ClimateCrisis Trump is DESTROYING Our Water Air Oceans environment Earth NationalParks TrumpCrimeFamily Must GO in November!! UnfitToBePresident ETTD Nice gesture... but what about the other $100 BN plus ... no point having it if the planet is in tatters ... I’m sure Jeff can survive on say $1bn ...
That will get spent wisely .
But.... theres a catch!! Theres always a catch.... Feed the poor instead 😶 Might as well just hand it over to ISIS. And what percentage of his fortune is this 8% to dictate the discussion and look like the good guy. He should pay his taxes and living wages with benefits. Then we could all support a green new deal that would benefit more than just his ego.
Money to burn if he can throw it at a non-existent problem. Just think what that money could do if spent on actual problems rather than fantasy ones. How about buying a fleet of Electric delivery vans . Tell him to keep it. We'll just tax him properly instead. That will not be enough to 'convince' US Republican politicians to pass appropriate legislation to deal with ClimateChange . Successful research without supporting legislation to implement will not be enough.
Could just give me a mil so I wouldn’t have to go to work every day. Thus cutting emissions by one 🤷🏻♂️
🤣 Is it Bernie Sander’s fear? OR HE COULD JUST PAY TAX Whoopee let's have a party in his honour.........🤬it the government's and big multinationals/ pharma that need to do this not just the world's richest market trader bigchangeisneededtostopextinction As long as every product used comes from Amazon Panorama
👍👍👍 I hope he's buying 🌲🌳🌴 I was just watching BBC 1 to be honest Tax? Pay the proper amount of tax where it's owed and let government choose, don't want Jeff Bezos having anymore control than its got already
So basically he’s pumping his tax avoidance money into Climate change?... and even then he’s probably set it up as a charity so avoiding tax on that too... it’s like free money over and over.. lmao! All that money and he's as daft as a brush. that's ridiculous. This guy is really stupid or he wants just make a buzz.
DbDant I see a presidential run in his future. 😬 But pay his workers so little that they have to continue to buy things that are cheaply made in China stored in plastic and then sent across the ocean in 30 to 50-year-old carrier tankers with extremely inefficient engines. Good goin there Would rather he did that than hand over taxes to a government which barely gives one about climate change 🤷♂️
give me 1 million and i will punch climate change in the face for you and call it mean names! Starting by kindlising all books. All of it in a not for profit corporate that is non taxable, for his social agenda. How about pledging $10bn to fight coronavirus?
What a colossal waste of money!!! You could throw trillions of dollars at this 'cause', which people have btw, and still not make the slightest difference. How about giving that money out to people who will use it to actually better their lives? And how is he going to do that? Can he send me some money?
He believes he can change the climate? 😳😂 Labours future leaders hate you. How about conservation efforts instead? Buy land. Designate it forever wild Nobody cares. too little too late