Amazon CEO, Jeff Bezos, Committed $10 Billion To Fight Climate Change

Months after Amazon employees  publicly demanded Bezos to act towards climate change, he finally is throwing this weight – and his welth – by pleging $10 billion to combact climate change. 

WASHINGTON, DC – OCTOBER 28: Honoree Jeff Bezos speaks at the 21st Annual HRC National Dinner at the Washington Convention Center on October 28, 2017, in Washington, DC. (Photo by Paul Morigi/Getty Images)

Even though this money only makes up about 7.7% out of Jeff Bezos’ net worth, which is roughly $130 billion, his pledge is one of the biggest ever made, according to rank by the Chronicle of Philanthropy. Bezos falls shortly behind billionaire Warren Buffett, who committed $36 billion in 2016, and an estimated $16.4 billion pledge by Helen Walton, the late wife of Walmart (WMT) founder Sam Walton, in 2007.

Jeff Bezos’s pledge of $10bn to save the environment would be the third biggest philanthropic donation in the US this century

Guardian graphic. Source: The Chronicle of Philanthropy

Amazon CEO announced his pledge through an Instagram post made on Monday, 17th of February.  The initiative is called Bezos Earth Fund

“Climate change is the biggest threat to our planet,” Bezos said in the post. “I want to work alongside others both to amplify known ways and to explore new ways of fighting the devastating impact of climate change.”

“Anybody today who is not acknowledging that climate change is real – that we humans are affecting the planet in a very significant and dangerous way – those people are not being reasonable,” Bezos told Amazon’s Smbhav summit for small and medium-sized businesses in India last month.

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“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 a collective effort from big companies, small companies, nation-states, global organizations, and individuals.”

The announcement appears to contradict Amazon’s actions towards employees speaking publicly about the climate crisis. In January, the Guardian revealed that several workers who called for stronger climate action by the company were warned to be quiet or face dismissal.

Although Bezos has not been as historically vocal as other tech billionaires about interest in philanthropy, he did, however, launch a network of free nonprofit preschools in 2018, to be constructed in low-income communities. In 2017, Bezos opened a poll on Twitter for philanthropy ideas to help those in need in the near-term future.

Sea Turtles Get Rescued From Unnecessary Suffering

As you may know, barnacles are some sort of crustacean that usually fix themselves to rigid surfaces as rocks or even ships. Yet, sometimes they can attach to the sea turtles shell. Although one single barnacle doesn’t particularly cause any sort of damage, if the barnacles number found on a turtle’s shell is too high, that could turn into real struggles for the hopeless marine creature. Swimming difficulties, infections and even poor eyesight can be the result of these sticky crustacean.

And today we will focus on a random act of kindness, where a heroic guy from Sri Lanka, decides to help some poor sea turtles to dispose of a burden that could eventually cost their lives. The helpful man, called Chika Boy is great fond of wildlife and always willing to step up for the hopeless animals. This time, he removes the barnacles from the turtle’s shell!

So, in his latest YouTube video, Chika Boy shows us the easiest way to help a sea turtle to get rid of those unpleasant guests. You can see how many barnacles attached themselves to this tiny sea turtle. Fortunately, this nice guy removes them all using a special tool. Then, with its shell clean, Chika Boy releases the turtle back in the ocean.

Scroll down and find more of his videos on YouTube.

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