Climate change

Jeff Bezos commits $1 billion to protect carbon-saving forests among them, Africa’s Congo Basin

Jeff Bezos has committed $1 billion of his $10 billion climate philanthropy pledge to preserve biodiversity and carbon-saving forests in Africa’s Congo Basin, Andes, and the tropical Pacific Ocean. 

Jeff Bezos in July took an expensive trip to space which he says was quite enlightening on how one sees the Earth from space.

“Nature is our life support system and it’s fragile,” said Bezos at a press conference on Monday. “I was reminded of this just this July when I went into space with Blue Origin. I’d heard that seeing the Earth from space changes one’s point of view of the world, but I was not prepared for just how much that would be true.”

The billionaire’s support for the environment comes after spending nearly three decades at the Amazon company as a CEO. Amazon continues to destroy the world through its vast and growing carbon footprints which Jeff Bezos helped to build.

However, Bezos is forging a new identity as an environmentalist in the fight against climate change. 

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Bezos’s prosperity has been build by companies that have a vast carbon footprint. Amazon’s carbon emissions have grown every year since 2018. When global carbon emissions fell by about 7 percent in 2020, Amazon’s carbon emissions grew 19 percent to 60.64 million metric tons of carbon dioxide. 

Amazon has moved to reduce its dependence on fossil fuels and committed to electric mobility in service delivery. It has recruited companies to sign its Climate Pledge, a corporate commitment to reach net-zero emissions by 2040. 

But still, Amazon remains reliant on polluting delivery vehicles, wasteful packaging, and also jet-fuel-powered planes to keep speedily delivering goods to impatient online shoppers.

Amazon Web Services (AWS) uses massive amounts of energy to keep its servers online. Some AWS data centers use just 12 percent renewable energy relying more on fossil fuels. 

Jeff Bezo’s Blue Origin, the private spaceflight company he owns that recently took him to space, has raised environmental concerns. While the space rocket company has used carbon-free fuels, a combination of liquid hydrogen and oxygen; making the fuels is still environmentally costly, and environmentalists warn that Blue Origin rockets still leave behind particles that can harm the atmosphere.

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