Bezos Earth Fund
This is the decisive decade
The Bezos Earth Fund was established with the largest philanthropic commitment ever to fight climate change and protect nature. The $10 billion grant commitment will be disbursed by 2030, the date by which the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals must be achieved. We aim to harness the best of human ingenuity, adaptability, and collective action to create a future in which everyone can thrive.
Humanity has enjoyed great progress over the past half-century. But the price for these changes has been high. There doesn’t need to be a trade-off between greater prosperity and healthy environment. We believe there is a better path forward.
The Bezos Earth Fund was established with the largest philanthropic commitment ever to fight climate change and protect nature. As we seek to fulfill our mission ten principles guide our work and inform our decision-making.
We work for a world in which people and nature can thrive
The climate crisis will not be solved by a single country, a single company, a single person, or a single philanthropy. It will take all of us. And we can do it. We will work with grantee partners and peers to clear roadblocks to progress and build coalitions to transform systems across all areas of our economies and societies. Together, we build a stronger, more effective, and more equitable environmental movement.
We invest in big ideas
Incremental steps and half-measures will not bring about the transformational change the world so desperately needs. If we are to quicken the pace and scale of change, we must pursue new strategies and invest in bold concepts. Explore these big ideas and see how the Bezos Earth Fund is working to help the world take major leaps forward in the fight for our planet.
Currently, just 15% of land and 8% of our oceans are protected. The Bezos Earth Fund supports initiatives working to protect 30% of the planet’s natural resources by the year 2030.
With data, we can track emissions and hold actors accountable for climate change impacts, yet too often, information isn’t available or accessible. The Bezos Earth Fund supports game-changing satellite tracking and other technology to show how human activities impact our climate and nature.
Environmental harm has disproportionately hurt communities of color in the U.S. The U.S. Justice40 initiative was created to address this inequity by directing 40 percent of certain federal investments to disadvantaged communities. The Bezos Earth Fund is partnering with grantees to help underserved communities in the U.S. attract these resources to build health, wealth, and resilience while advancing climate solutions.
School buses that run on diesel produce dangerous air pollutants that impact the health of our kids, our communities, and our planet. The Bezos Earth Fund supports efforts to modernize and electrify school bus fleets across the U.S. and finally put fossil fuel-powered buses in the rear-view mirror.
Climate change can disrupt food availability and reduce food quality, but it doesn’t have to be this way. The Bezos Earth Fund is investing $1 billion by 2030 to help transform food systems to feed a growing population and create the next generation of crops to be nutrient-rich and climate resilient.
Carbon-intensive industries like cement and steel account for 30 percent of global emissions. Technologies available today can slash emissions but only if stakeholders work together to overcome barriers. That’s why the Bezos Earth Fund is partnering with groups like the Mission Possible Partnership to establish green industrial hubs in Houston and Los Angeles to help trigger a net-zero transformation of seven industrial sectors.
Positive tipping points – in which change triggers a large shift – are critical to solving climate change. The Bezos Earth Fund is working to ensure the scales are tipped in favor of a brighter future.
We act with urgency at scale
Solving climate change requires more than lowering emissions. The Bezos Earth Fund focuses on spurring innovation and progress in several key areas that will help us move closer to a more equitable and sustainable future. We are committed to fighting climate change and protecting nature.
Committed (USD) over the next 10 years
Granted (USD) so far
- 190+ Grants