This past Tuesday, CEO of Amazon
One reason that Bezos has chosen Steer to provide for his Earth Fund is because he has many years of experience in environmental science and social policy in areas of the world such as the United States, Europe, Asia, and Africa. He is the CEO of the environmental non-profit organization, World Resources Institute, which will help the Earth Fund in a big way. Although Bezos plans to leave as Amazon's CEO by the end of the year, he has complete faith in Steer and his ability to manage the Earth Fund.
"Lauren and I are thrilled to have Andrew aboard and very energized about what lies ahead for the Fund and our partners," said Bezos, in reference to his girlfriend, Lauren Sanchez, according to CNBC.
The Earth Fund, which launched last February, has been implemented in order to fight the impact of climate change through grants to scientists, activists, and other organizations in the hopes to "preserve and protect the natural world."
The first group of individuals who have received the Earth Fund had been funded $791 million in grant money. The groups who received these grants included the Nature Conservancy, Natural Resources Defense Council, World Wildlife Fund, and the World Resources Institute. One goal that Steer has for this particular Earth Fund project is to develop new technologies, investments, policy change, and behavior.
Bezos wrote in a blog post, in reference his vision and what he hopes to accomplish through Andrew Steer, "We can save Earth. It's going to take collective action from big companies, small companies, nation states, global organizations, and individuals." Another aspect of the Earth Fund, according to Bezos and Steer, will be on the impact of climate change on "poor and marginalized communities."
Through the creation of the Earth Fund, Jeff Bezos hopes to get more in tune with worldwide climate change and what he, in his power, can do about it. He hired Andrew Steer in order that he may take responsibility or participation in the Earth Fund, since he has much experience in the field.
Together as a team, both Bezos and Steer will accomplish much in the area of combating climate change, particularly when Bezos decides to step down as CEO of Amazon. It will be a good way for Steer to test how much he can truly manage, but he will always have a support team to steer him in the right direction.