Jeff Bezos is donating 1 1 billion of his 10 10 billion climate welfare pledge to conserve biodiversity and carbon-saving forests in the Andes, Congo Basin and the tropical Pacific Ocean. After leading Amazon for nearly three decades, which has a wide and growing carbon footprint, Bezos aspires to create a new identity in the fight against climate change as an environmentalist and perhaps the most generous financier in the world. And that expensive space trip he just took? Bezos said it was enlightening.
“Nature is our life support system and it is fragile,” Dhankuber told a news conference on Monday. “I was reminded of this July when I went into space with Blue Origin. I have heard that seeing the earth from space changes the view of the earth, but I was not prepared for how true it would be.
While the fundraising efforts are certainly significant, Bezos’ commitment to protecting the environment serves as a strong reminder that his legacy and most of his untouched fortunes were built by companies that have carbon footprints. Amazon’s carbon emissions have increased every year since 2018, and only last year, when global carbon emissions emissions fell by about 7 percent, Amazon’s carbon emissions rose 19 percent to 60.64 million metric tons of carbon dioxide. This is equivalent to burning about 140 million barrels of oil.
Amazon has gone on to reduce its dependence on fossil fuels, such as its promise to electrify delivery vehicles, and it has hired dozens of companies to sign its climate commitment, a corporate pledge to reach net-zero emissions by 2040. But for now, Amazon remains dependent on a new fleet of contaminated delivery vehicles, wasteful packaging, and even jet-fuel-powered planes to quickly deliver content to eager online shoppers.
Meanwhile, Amazon Web Services (AWS) uses a lot of energy to keep its servers online. In 2019, Greenpeace accused cloud computing company of abandoning its promise of 100 percent renewable energy use, saying some large AWS data centers used only 12 percent renewable energy. Even other companies like Google have moved away from providing some cloud services to fossil fuel companies, AWS still lists Shell, Hess and BP as customers.
Bezos is technically no longer part of the Amazon. But Blue Origin, the private spaceflight company he owned, recently launched him into space, raising environmental concerns. Although the space rocket company has used carbon-free fuels য that is, a combination of liquid hydrogen and oxygen করা these fuels are still environmentally expensive to make, and environmentalists warn that Blue Origin rockets still leave behind particles that could damage the atmosphere.
So when viewed from a certain perspective, Bezos’s environment seems environmentally friendly, like trying to clear up the mess that his companies helped create.