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World’s richest man Jeff Bezos pledges $10bn to fight climate change

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Amazon chief executive officer (CEO) Jeff Bezos will commit $10 billion (€9.2 billion) to fund scientists, activists, nonprofits and other groups fighting to protect the environment and counter the effects of climate change, he said on Monday.

Cutting emissions will be challenging for Amazon. The e-commerce company delivers 10 billion items a year, has a massive transportation and data center footprint, and has faced criticism from within its own workforce.

Mr Bezos, the world’s richest man, is among a growing list of billionaires to dedicate substantial funds to battling the impact of global warming.

“Climate change is the biggest threat to our planet,” Mr Bezos said in an Instagram post. “I want to work alongside others both to amplify known ways and to explore new ways of fighting the devastating impact of climate change on this planet we all share.”

The Bezos Earth Fund will begin issuing grants this summer as part of the initiative.

“It’s going to take collective action from big companies, small companies, nation states, global organizations, and individuals,” Bezos said.

Counteracting climate change has become a popular cause for US billionaires in recent years, with Microsoft’s Bill Gates, Michael Bloomberg and hedge fund manager Tom Steyer counted among the world’s wealthiest environmental philanthropists.

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Last year, Mr Bezos pledged to make online retailer Amazon net carbon neutral by 2040 – the first major corporation to announce such a goal – and to buy 100,000 electric delivery vehicles from US vehicle design and manufacturing startup Rivian Automotive LLC.

Mr Bezos also said at the time that Amazon would meet the goals of the Paris climate accord 10 years ahead of the accord’s schedule and invest $100 million (€92 million) to restore forests and wetlands.

Amazon has faced protests by environmental activists and pressure from its employees to take action on climate change.

Amazon workers were among hundreds of employees of big technology companies to join climate-change marches in San Francisco and Seattle late last year, saying their employers had been too slow to tackle global warming and needed to take more drastic action.

Amazon Employees for Climate Justice, an activist workers group, welcomed the Bezos Earth Fund announcement, but said it did not make up for the company’s consumption of fossil fuels and other activities that contribute to climate change.

“We applaud Jeff Bezos’ philanthropy, but one hand cannot give what the other is taking away,” the group said on Twitter. – Reuters

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President Muhammadu Buhari Finally Address His Citizens Over The #EndSARS Protest

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President Muhammadu Buhari Finally Address His Citizens Over The #EndSARS Protest

Nigeria President Muhammadu Buhari has finally addressed his citizens over the #EndSARS protests.

In his strongly-worded address, Buhari has thrown shades at President Nana Akufo-Addo, Hilary Clinton, and other world leaders who dared to talk about the impasse. Well, it looks like Buhari did not need our input on the matter and the pressure for Akufo-Addo to speak was unnecessary. 

Read More: Just In: President Akufo-Addo Finally Breaks His Silence On #EndSars Protest

SARS had reportedly been terrorising the ordinary citizens, especially the youth, and even killing some. Former United States President Bill Clinton and his wife, Hillary Clinton, former Liberia President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, among others also criticised the Nigerian government over the reported deaths of protesters.

Read More: Ghana Police Is Worse; They Do Terrible Things – A Plus

“To our neighbours in particular and the members of the international community, many of whom have expressed concern about the ongoing development in Nigeria, we thank you and urge you all to seek to know all the facts available before taking a position or rushing to judgement and making hasty pronouncements,” he said. 

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#EndSars: Nigerians Protest At Kwame Nkrumah Circle; Video Drops

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#EndSars: Nigerians Protest At Kwame Nkrumah Circle; Video Drops

A number of Nigerians living in Ghana have hit the streets in solidarity with the #EndSars protest in their home country.

Read Also: Just In: President Akufo-Addo Finally Breaks His Silence On #EndSars Protest

A video has popped up showing the Nigerian protesters causing traffic with their convoy of vehicles at the Kwame Nkrumah Circle (Interchange) in Accra.

Read More: #EndSARS: Demand Immediate Withdrawal Of Soldiers, Soyinka Tells Governors

Hmm, we just pray their president, Muhammadu Buhari, will heed to President Nana Akufo-Addo’s call for him to bring an end to the impasse. Please watch the video below.

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