Jeff Bezos announces first recipients of his $10 billion Earth Fund to combat climate change
Back in February, we wrote about Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos after he launched Earth Fund, a $10 billion fund designed to invest in scientists, activists, and other organizations to combat the effects of climate change and help preserve and protect the world.
Today, Bezos announced the first 16 recipients of the Earth Fund who will receive $791 million in donations. The top donations include The Nature Conservancy, Natural Resources Defense Council, Environmental Defense Fund, World Resources Institute, and the World Wildlife Fund, which will each receive $100 million.
In an Instagram post, Bezos said that he spent the past several months learning about the grantees’ work in-depth, adding that they’re “working on innovative, ambitious and needle-moving solutions” to climate change.
“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.
Here are the grantees: 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.”