In the coming decade, the world must transition from a “nature destroying” to a nature positive path. We are protecting the most important places for biodiversity and carbon stock, working with local communities, and enhancing resilience to climate change.
We share this planet with 10 million other living species and depend on nature as our life support system. We rely on it for the air we breathe, the food we eat, and the water we drink. Our well-being depends on the conservation and sustainable use of nature.
Yet our natural world is in crisis. We have already transformed 73% of the land surface and most of the ocean and a million species may be threatened with extinction. We must protect what we have, restore what we lost, and transform how we live. This decade will be crucial and determine the future of life on our planet.
Nature includes the physical elements and the diversity of life on the planet, also called biodiversity. This includes ecosystems, species, and the genetic diversity within them. We know that there are five direct drivers of biodiversity loss: the destruction of habitats, overexploitation of land, invasive species, climate change and pollution. These are in turn driven by social and economic drivers of change, and we must adopt response options that help us protect and restore nature.
The Bezos Earth Fund supports solutions designed to help conserve nature and biodiversity based on science and data, working with local communities and Indigenous Peoples. Our work includes supporting protected and conserved areas and gene banks that conserve genetic diversity. We also support the design and implementation of solutions designed to reduce biodiversity loss and enhance resilience to climate change.