The billionaire founder of Amazon said going to space let him see ‘how thin the globe’s atmosphere is’.
He urged the world to ‘reduce our carbon foorprint’ during a lecture to the world’s leaders at COP26 today.
Seemingly, he was unaware of the irony of travelling to the climate conference on a carbon-emitting private Gulfstream jet. Or, you know, spewing out tonnes of CO2 launching himself into space aboard a private rocket ship. Which is something even Prince William has taken issue with.
Bezos said: ‘I was told that seeing the Earth from space changes the lens through which you see the world. But I was not prepared for how much that would be true.
‘Looking back at earth from up there, the atmosphere seems so thin. The world so finite and so fragile. Now in this critical year, and what we all know is a decisive decade, we must all stand together to protect our world.’
To be fair to Bezos, he did pledge to give $2 billion (£1.47 billion) for land restoration in Africa through his Bezos Earth Fund climate organisation.
Bezos had previously indicated the investment would be $1 billion (£732 million) at an event with the Prince of Wales on Monday which focused on the Great Green Wall initiative to plant more than 20 million trees across Africa to counter desertification on the continent.
On Tuesday, speaking at an event on protecting and restoring forests and land, Mr Bezos said: ‘We must conserve what we still have, we must restore what we’ve lost and we must grow what we need to live without degrading the planet for future generations to come.’
‘Two-thirds of the land in Africa is degraded, but this can be reversed.
‘Restoration can improve soil fertility, raise yields and improve food security, make water more reliable, create jobs and boost economic growth, while also sequestering carbon.’
His contribution is part of £5.3 billion in private investment and public funding worth £8.75 billion backing a declaration by 110 nations – covering 85% of the world’s forests – to halt and reverse deforestation and land degradation by 2030.