By TAYLOR HENSLEY
Bezos, the world’s richest man, contributed the large sum from his own assets. The multibillionaire announced this dedicated philanthropy from his Instagram account – @jeffbezos, on Monday. The philanthropy, named the Bezos Earth Fund, will start this summer with Bezos supplying grants to a variety of scientists, non-profits and climate activists.
In his post, Bezos said, “We can save Earth. It’s going to take collective action from big companies, small companies, nation states, global organizations, and individuals.” However, Amazon is one of the leaders in carbon footprints. That’s because of all the different vehicles Amazon utilizes for the millions of shipments they send out per year. From vans to trucks and even planes, Amazon has a carbon footprint that “rivals that of a small country,” according to AP Newsroom.
Bezos is clearly showing a desire to change for Amazon, using this initiative as a way to acknowledge both his company and the world’s need for change in order to save the earth. In his Instagram post Bezos wrote, “Earth is the one thing we all have in common – let’s protect it, together.” He then signed off.
Sources have confirmed that Bezos’ donations will come from his own personal balance.