Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos donates $10 billion to fight climate change

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Yasmin Vizguerra, Editor

      Jeff Bezos, the world’s wealthiest person, and Amazon CEO pledged to donate $10 billion, just about a tenth of his overall net worth (roughly $130 billion) to fight climate change, proposing a project he’d call the “Bezos Earth Fund.” 

      Bezos announced the project on Monday, February 17, discussing the fact that climate change is “the biggest threat to our planet.” 

      “I think what he’s doing is great because climate change is such a big issue we face as a world,” said Citlalli Perez (‘20).

      Though his announcement came as a blessing to those who love the Earth and want to fight climate change, it also came with backlash regarding Amazon. 

      In a statement released by the group “Amazon Employees For Climate Justice,” the group said, “We applaud Jeff Bezos’ philanthropy, but one hand cannot give what the other is taking away.” 

      The group also came onto the Amazon CEO for the company’s help it gives towards gas and oil companies that are the leading cause of the many environmental problems today. 

      Amazon workers announced they’d walkout in September 2019, Amazon announcing its “Climate Pledge” a day before the scheduled walkout, committing to the use of 100% renewable energy and reach carbon neutrality by 2040.

      Amazon in the same announcement announced the efforts of Amazon would meet the Paris climate agreement. As part of the pledge, Amazon would order 100,000 electric delivery trucks from Rivian, a Michigan-Based company Amazon invested in. 

      Bezos indicated through his Instagram post that his donation would go even higher in his effort to fund scientists, activists, and organizations working to reduce human-made emissions. 

      His largest donation to date was in Septemeber 2018, donating $2 million to help homeless families and also build networks of Montessori schools.