Billionaire wants to protect 30% of the planet by 2030

About a month ago more than a billion dollars were donated for the restoration of the Notre Dame. People were questioning why there isn’t as much money available to help the environment.

About the Wyss Foundation

Billionaire philanthropist Hansjörg Wyss, CEO of the Wyss Foundation, pledged to donate a billion dollars towards environmental conservation efforts over the next ten years. He wants to protect 30% of the planet by 2030! WUHUW!

He plans to buy large plots of lands all over the world (15% of the planet in total) and turn them into public parks.

According to Business Insider Wyss has already donated more than $66 million to at least nine different organizations in the months after making his pledge.

“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. I believe this ambitious goal is achievable because I’ve seen what can be accomplished. Indigenous people, local leaders and conservation groups around the world are already busy setting aside protected areas that reflect the conservation, economic and cultural values of nearby communities,” Wyss said.

“I’ve seen this unfold firsthand. Over the past two decades, my foundation has supported local efforts to protect wild places in Africa, South America, Europe, Canada, Mexico, and the United States, donating more than $450 million to help our partners conserve nearly 40 million acres acres of land and water.” he added.

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