We see how our environment is getting polluted every day, how more and more people
are starving, how animals are losing their habitats and we think, where are the millionaires now? On what else should they spend money, then helping the earth?
Unfortunately, not too many rich people sacrifice their having on helping unknown people and random animals, but sometimes this kindness happens. We love hearing about those who care about our planet and they do everything to help it.
One of the greatest modern philanthropist Hansjörg Wyss pledged to donate over billion
dollars towards environmental conservation efforts over the next ten years. Most of his
money will be spent on buying lands all over the world and turning them into parks and
recreation zones. People are complaining that the world is turning into one big stone,
because so many buildings and factories are constructed, in big cities sometimes it is
even impossible to see the sky or green places. Wyss’s promise was very exciting because plants can be the only way which can help us survive in the world where most of the oxygen is swallowed by the pollution.
“It is the idea that wildlands and waters are best conserved not in private hands, locked behind gates, but as public national parks, wildlife refuges and marine reserves, forever open for everyone to experience and explore, ” announced Wyss in the article for the New York Times.
As he recalls, his inspiration to help the nature was seeing majestic views from Colorado ‘ s Rocky Mountains: “the notion of holding these places in public trust was one I became deeply influenced by as a young man when I first climbed and hiked on public lands in Colorado’ s Rocky Mountains. ” Maybe seeing how much of a blessing it is to have this king of beauty made him sure that nature is the only way to make the earth great again.
Wyss was never the man of fame, so he preferred donating money silently for over 20 years. As it appears he had already donated more than 450 million dollars for the same goal which he has right now . With this money, he protected wild species on roughly 40 million acres around the world. “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 of land and water,” he said. However, now his pledge is meant to save the planet’s 30% for 2030. This is a huge ambition, which will give the planet conserved land and oceans which will be a warranty for a larger amount of clean air and drinking water. Wyss says that lands and waters are best conserved when they become public national parks, wildlife refuges, or marine reserves.
Wyss has already started working on this project and he has donated more than $66million to at least nine different organizations in the two 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 peoples, 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. Wyss is a strong believer of what he does. He thinks that it is every citizen is responsible to take care of the environment. “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. It is a gap that we must urgently narrow before our human footprint consumes the
earth ’ s remaining wild places, ” Wyss says.
Wyss wants to find easier ways to save the planet, he is always searching for the solutions, he knows that saving 30% of the earth and one billion dollars will not be enough, so he is willing to sponsor research at the University of Bern, Switzerland, so that scientists can determine the most effective and feasible conservation methods. Wyss is dedicated to make the planet a better place, he is not hastening to give out his wealth in order to help the earth and people who are struggling with constant thirst. Wyss is one of several billionaires to sign the Giving Pledge, a commitment to give away at least half of one’ s wealth to charity.
Wyss is fond of education, of course, so he is also often donating money to different educational centers. In June 2019 Swiss billionaire Hansjoerg Wyss announced a $131 million gifts to Harvard University through his private foundation.
According to Forbes’ latest ranking in March, Wyss is one of the most generous philanthropists. It is amazing to have this kind of person in the era of pollution. But, unfortunately, Wyss’ s charity is not enough to save the world. Now only 15% of the planet’s lands and 7% of the oceans have been protected in a natural state, which is the minimal number because some scientists say at least 50% of the Earth needs to be protected in order to avoid losing a majority of plant and animal species.
Hansjoerg Wyss can be an inspiration for other billionaires. He is trying his best to save
others and his words can become the motivation for those who can help our planet. “For
the sake of all living things, let’s see to it that far more of our planet is protected by the
people, for the people and for all time, ” says Swiss philanthropist.