Swiss philanthropist and conservationist Hansjörg Wyss believes the donation will help preserve 30 percent of the earth's surface by 2030.
Hansjörg Wyss, a Swiss billionaire, has announced that he would spend $1 billion within the next 10 years to save the planet. Wyss, who hails from Switzerland, wants to speed up the process of conserving land and oceans all over the world by funding and supporting local efforts to conserve and protect the environment.
In an open letter to the New York Times, Wyss said the money would be released over the next decade through his own Wyss Foundation and go towards helping to accelerate land and ocean preservation around the world. Global warming is indeed a serious issue that the masses aren't working towards tackling.
The billionaire is planning to fund all the local conservation organizations and scientific research that aims at saving the planet through his Wyss Foundation. The University of Bern will also benefit from a donation of 2 million francs, which will go towards projects in Peru and Kenya.
"We Have to Save the Planet. So I’m Donating $1 Billion." By Hansjörg Wyss https://t.co/DurJ5T78UZ— Sabine Hossenfelder (@skdh) December 9, 2018
Wyss wrote in his opinion piece that "For my part, I have decided to donate $1 billion over the next decade to help accelerate land and ocean conservation efforts around the world, with the goal of protecting 30 percent of the planet’s surface by 2030. This money will support locally-led conservation efforts around the world, push for increased global targets for land and ocean protection, seek to raise public awareness about the importance of this effort, and fund scientific studies to identify the best strategies to reach our target," he added. "I believe this ambitious goal is achievable because I’ve seen what can be accomplished."
Hansjörg Wyss just donated $1-BILLION DOLLARS to protect 30% OF NATURE BY 2030. Imagine if an individual could do it other fortunate businesses, and other privileged industries can also. Invest in nature and see how beautifully different our world could be!? #natgeofest pic.twitter.com/PQg89AtBnj— Gab Mejia (@jgbmejia) June 12, 2019
He also remarked that he would be helping fund several scientific projects and raise public awareness of the importance of conserving the environment. Wyss feels that most people are ignoring the issues of the world that actually matters most.
As every single day passes, there are thousands of trees being cut down, tons of plastic waste being dumped into oceans and rivers, and all the toxic pollution from factories and vehicles burning a hole in the sky.
Congratulations!! Being one of the first Wyss fellows, can witness the amazing growth and progress made with so many impactful contributions to the biomedical field. The fact that 23.8 percent of Harvard’s patent applications have been linked @wyssinstitute - it is remarkable!!— Eduardo Silva's Lab (@silvalabUCDavis) June 8, 2019
The billionaire also noted that plant and animal species are estimated to be 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.
Wyss 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.
We would probably be much better off -- including ecologically -- if it were illegal to be a billionaire or anything close to that. But if we have to have billionaires, it's better to have ones like this than not.— Hypothesis Falsifier (@simeonhellerman) December 9, 2018
Some scientists, including the Harvard biologist Edward O. Wilson, have concluded that at least half the planet needs to be protected to save a large majority of plant and wildlife species from extinction.
Indeed, the food, clean water, and air we need to survive and prosper depend on our ability to protect the planet’s biological diversity. In other words, we have to protect half to save the whole.
Thank you would not be enough to say. Let's hope this will be a challenge to American billionaires .— 22Twain (@HammondTwain) April 26, 2019
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.
This donation by Wyss is a huge deal! All that money can definitely be used in many positive and productive ways that help the environment. Even we can do what we can to reduce pollution and help clean up. Using energy-efficient light bulbs reduce greenhouse gas emissions.
Also, flip the light switch off when you leave the room, that's a bigger deal than what most people make it to be. Last but not least, plant a tree! Trees provide precious food and oxygen to the Earth and all that lives on it. They help save energy, clean the air, and help combat climate change.