Jeff Bezos Pledges $2 Billion Towards Nature Conservation and Food System Restructuring During COP26 Speech

Over 100 world leaders gathered this week in Scotland for the United Nations Climate Change Conference, or COP26, to debate nature protection and strategies to mitigate the effects of climate change.

According to CNN, more than 100 countries agreed on the summit’s first day to halt deforestation by 2030. The countries that comprise more than 85 percent of the world’s forests include Canada, Russia, Indonesia, Colombia, and Congo. India, in particular, has committed to achieving net-zero emissions by 2070.

US President Joe Biden announced Tuesday that his government would adopt new measures to curb methane emissions from oil and gas operations.

“This isn’t just something we have to do to protect the environment and future,” Biden stated during the meeting. “It’s an enormous opportunity for all of us, all of our nations, to create jobs and make many climate goals a core part of recovery as well.”

John Kerry, who is now President Biden’s special presidential envoy for climate, told NBC News that 100 other countries will join the United States and European Union in reducing methane emissions by 30% by 2030.

Jeff Bezos, the Amazon founder and the world’s second-richest person spoke at the conference on Tuesday and pledged $2 billion to nature protection and food system transformation.

“Amazon aims to power all its operations by renewable energies by 2025,” Bezos told the New York Times.

Bezos, who also owns the Blue Origin aerospace company, recently traveled to the edge of space on one of his ships. He made reference to the flight during his summit speech.

“I was told that seeing the Earth from space changes the lens through which you view the world,” Bezos stated. “But I was not prepared for just how much that was true.”

“In too many parts of the world, nature is already flipping from carbon sink to a carbon source,” he continued.

Bezos pledged $10 billion to combat climate change in early 2020 through his Bezos Earth Fund, which he says would provide funding to academics and groups striving to avert the effects of rising temperatures.