Jeff Bezos set aside $1 billion in Amazon shares each year to support his Blue Origin rocket firm, but he claims he's spending more of his riches on climate change than on space flight.
The billionaire made the remarks while in Washington, D.C., for the Ignatius Forum. The Blue Origin CEO was questioned about the top priority that people should concentrate on.
Daily Star said Jeff Bezos had been strongly chastised for spending billions of dollars on establishing a space tourism enterprise when there are many challenges on Earth, including climate change.
Jeff Bezos Eyes Prioritizing Climate Change on Top of Space Travel
Bezos, the founder of Amazon and CEO of Blue Origin, has reacted to critics who claim that billionaires spend too much money on space travel while not solving issues on the ground.
He told Harvard Business Review editor-in-chief, Adi Ignatius, at the Ignatius Forum on Thursday that these critiques overlook the reality that "we need to do both." He added that the two are inextricably linked.
Bezos admitted that there is "a lot to be done" on Earth but said humanity must also look to developing resources on other planets to "keep evolving as a society."
Bezos also discussed the necessity of space flight, noting that a "tremendous amount" can be done right now. He stated that everyone must consider the future.
"We humans have always done both things, we've always looked at the here and now, we have always looked out to the future. And this planet is so small, if we want to keep growing as a civilization, using more energy as a civilization, most of that in the future needs to be done off-planet," he added per Insider.
Bezos has previously stated in an MSNBC report that mankind will be forced to send "all polluting industries" into space.
Bezos Earth Fund
In 2020, Bezos announced the creation of the $10 billion Earth Fund, which would provide grants to scientists, campaigners, and other groups fighting to combat climate change. CNBC said the fund had distributed $947 million, intending to issue the entire $9 billion by 2030.
The Bezos Earth Fund is a commitment by the former Amazon CEO to safeguarding and assisting the Earth in its repair and preservation now to achieve more and thrive in the future.
After stepping down as CEO of Amazon in July, Bezos focuses his efforts on personal projects such as the Earth Fund and Blue Origin, and The Washington Post, which he bought in 2013.
Jeff Bezos and His Other Ventures
Blue Origin is selling tickets on its next trips onboard the New Shepard, which will take passengers to new and greater heights previously only seen by a select few.
One of the world's wealthiest people is recognized for his numerous initiatives and accomplishments throughout the years, which has made him famous on several occasions. Bezos departed Amazon early this year, but that does not mean he is retiring forever. He is already planning his next adventure, which involves going to space.
The firm aims to land partnerships and projects with space organizations such as NASA. However, this has not been the case since the corporation has instead been involved in legal issues.
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