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Bezos Earth Fund Grants $50 Million to ClimateWorks Foundation to Reduce Pollution and Protect Health

Gift targets large-scale emissions reductions in transportation and industrial sectors

SAN FRANCISCOClimateWorks Foundation, a leading global platform for climate philanthropy, today received a $50 million grant from the Bezos Earth Fund to support large-scale reductions in climate pollution and protect the health of people around the world. ClimateWorks will use the gift to drive climate action in the transportation and industrial sectors, which combined generate half of global greenhouse-gas emissions.

Commercial trucks, container ships, and building materials such as cement and steel generate significant carbon emissions that create pollution and damage human health. The Bezos Earth Fund grant will be used to help countries transition to zero-emission trucks and ships by advancing research and technological innovation and strengthening public policy support. The grant will also be used to help expand the global market for climate-safe cement and steel.

“We’re delighted by this award and appreciate the Bezos Earth Fund’s contribution to climate philanthropy,” said ClimateWorks President and CEO Charlotte Pera. “This generous grant will provide vital support for our work to accelerate climate solutions that improve people’s lives.”

By reducing emissions from these high-polluting sectors, these ClimateWorks initiatives will produce economic, health, and climate benefits. Success will require broad coalitions and include work at the intersection of climate, equity, and justice. ClimateWorks will partner with nonprofit organizations and other allies through its grantmaking and collaborations.

The Bezos Earth Fund is an important addition to the growing field of climate philanthropy. We hope the Bezos Earth Fund will be a catalyst for increased philanthropic giving toward climate action, which accounts for less than 2% of total giving today.

More details about ClimateWorks’ efforts supported by the Bezos Earth Fund are available here.


About ClimateWorks Foundation

ClimateWorks Foundation is a global platform for philanthropy to innovate and accelerate climate solutions that scale. We deliver global programs and services that equip philanthropy with knowledge, networks, and solutions to drive climate progress. Since 2008, ClimateWorks has granted over $1 billion to more than 500 grantees in over 50 countries.

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Published November 16, 2020

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