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“I’ve spent the past several months learning from a group of incredibly smart people who’ve made it their life’s work to fight climate change and its impact on communities around the world. I’m inspired by what they’re doing, and excited to help them scale. Today, I’m pleased to announce the first Bezos Earth Fund recipients—16 organizations working on innovative, ambitious, and needle-moving solutions. This $791 million in donations is just the beginning of my $10 billion commitment to fund scientists, activists, NGOs, and others. We can all protect Earth’s future by taking bold action now,” Bezos wrote in an Instagram post announcing the grants.
The recipients include The Climate and Clean Energy Equity Fund, ClimateWorks Foundation, Dream Corps Green For All, Eden Reforestation Projects, Energy Foundation, Environmental Defense Fund, The Hive Fund for Climate and Gender Justice, Natural Resources Defense Council, The Nature Conservancy, NDN Collective, Rocky Mountain Institute, Salk Institute for Biological Studies, The Solutions Project, Union of Concerned Scientists, World Resources Institute and World Wildlife Fund.
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Amazon made headlines when its’ employees created a coalition called Amazon Employees for Climate Justice. 8,700 employees signed a letter asking Amazon to move from fossil fuels to renewable power. Many of those employees walked out during the Climate March. That same week, Bezos announced a new plan for Amazon to be carbon neutral by 2040 and have 100% renewable power reliance by 2030. Bezos made the news again in early 2020 when he pledged 10% of his fortune to fight climate change.
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