The Swiss philanthropist and conservationist has pledged to donate $1 billion in the next 10 years to save the planet.
Hansjörg Wyss, a billionaire, has pledged to save the planet by spending $1 billion within the next 10 years. The billionaire from Switzerland hopes to help accelerate the conservation of land and oceans around the world by funding and supporting locally led conservations efforts. He also mentioned that he will be funding scientific projects and raising public awareness about the importance of doing so. Most people are ignoring the real issues of the world and do not realize that every single day that goes by, there are thousands of trees getting cut down, tons of plastic waste is being dumped in the oceans, and due to all the pollution in the world the ozone layer is getting depleted at a very fast rate. Global warming is a serious issue that the masses aren't working towards stopping.
The billionaire is planning fund all the local conservation organizations and scientific research that aims at saving the planet through his Wyss Foundation. He aims to help conserve 30% of the Earth in a natural state by the end of the next decade. So far, only 15% of the world's land and 7% of the world's oceans have been protected in their natural state. The foundation aims to work towards expanding the availability of clean air and drinking water. The billionaire believes this is achievable as he's seen what can be accomplished.
Wyss, a billionaire, and a conservationist, recently wrote in The New York Times op-ed that land and water can best be conserved as public national parks, wildlife refuges, and marine reserves rather than being kept private. He also noted that plant and animal species are estimated to disappearing at a very high rate. They are said to be disappearing around 1000 times faster than they did before humans started to interfere -according to research done by Brown University.
Ever since the creation of the first national park in 1872, Wyss noted that 15% of the world's lands and 7% of the world's oceans have been preserved in a natural state. A recent study that was published in the PNAS journal predicted that humans will cause so many mammal species to go extinct in the next 50 years that the planet's evolutionary diversity won't recover for up to 5 million years. There are multiple efforts that have been taking place in recent years by various conservationists to try and conserve the disappearing species.
According to scientists, at least 50% of the earth needs to be protected in order to save a majority of the world's species. The Wyss campaign is said to support the local conservation efforts by funding them to better manage the national parks and other protected areas. Wyss further mentioned that he will be supporting research at the University of Bern, Switzerland. According to him, this will help scientists find the most effective and feasible conservation methods.
Thank you, Hansjörg Wyss! If more super rich people would follow your example, the results we're hoping/aiming for would happen in years, if not decades faster. "#Swiss #Billionaire Donated $1 #Billion To Save The #Earth" - https://t.co/MrK6Gp3Eas— Tudor Andrei Valean (@Tudoran92) April 23, 2019
Wyss has previously helped protect wild species on roughly 40 million acres of land and ocean after donating more than $450 million across Africa, South America, North America, and Europe. Wyss is also one of several billionaires to sign the Giving Pledge, a commitment to give away at least half of one's wealth to charity. Every one of us - citizens, philanthropists, business and government leaders - should be troubled by the enormous gap between how little of our natural world is currently protected and how much should be protected, Wyss wrote. It is a gap that we must urgently narrow before our human footprint consumes the earth's remaining wild places.
We all need to contribute towards saving the planet. It doesn't require each of us to donate a big sum of money. We can start using only recyclable and reusable items (eco-friendly items). We can also switch to using solar-powered items and electric cars and reduce pollution, or use public transport instead of using our own vehicles. We need to start acting soon towards saving the planet because this is our only home and our actions have consequences which will start to really show in the next few decades. It is high time we work towards saving our future and the future of the plant and animal species who have literally done nothing to deserve what is happening.