More money, more problems: Jeff Bezos roasted for $690,000 donation to Australian bushfires, people say he could have done more

His net worth is $117.2 billion.

BCCL
Peter Daou, a Democratic strategist, also called out the multi-billionaire for his donation.
Amazon’s founder, Jeff Bezos, is in the eye of the storm due to his donation to the victims of Australian bushfires. The tech mogul donated $690,000 but netizens feel that the founder of a multi-billion dollar company could have done a lot more.

In a heartfelt Instagram post, Bezos wrote, "Our hearts go out to all Australians as they cope with these devastating bushfires. Amazon is donating 1 million AU dollars in needed provisions and services. Find more about it and learn how customers can help as well."



The internet couldn’t help but fume at the rather miniscule amount of donation by Bezos whose net worth is $117.2 billion as per Forbes, with some even pointing out that he makes the amount he donated in minutes.

Peter Daou, a Democratic strategist, called out the multi-billionaire for his donation.

Several users on Twitter berated Bezos for the same reason.

ADVERTISEMENT


This Twitter user pointed out that sex workers are donating more to the Australian bushfires than Bezos.

To put things in perspective, while Facebook has pledged $1.25 million towards relief efforts, metal band Metallica, which Forbes estimates is worth $68.5 million, has pledged $7,50,000.

For the unversed, Australian bushfires have wreaked havoc on the continent and have damaged areas as long as 80,000 square kilometers. Around 28 people have died and 2,000 homes have been burnt.

ADVERTISEMENT
Going Under: Mumbai, Miami Among Cities That May Be Submerged Due To Climate Crisis
1/7

As climate change tightens its hold over the planet, rising water levels are a major concern. These six cities are at most risk.


(In Pic: Mumbai)

As climate change tightens its hold over the planet, rising water levels are a major concern. These six cities are at most risk.(In Pic: Mumbai)

Bangkok is sinking at a rate of more than 1 centimetre a year and could be below sea level by 2030. The reason for this could be the towering skyscrapers which are causing the ground to cave in on itself. To help prevent flooding, an architectural firm built a 11-acre park that can hold a million gallons of rainwater. The park is designed to face future uncertainties, but Bangkok’s 20 million residents will continue to face threats of sea-level rise.

Bangkok is sinking at a rate of more than 1 centimetre a year and could be below sea level by 2030. The reason for this could be the towering skyscrapers which are causing the ground to cave in on it..
Read More

A climate change report this year said India’s financial capital would be completely submerged by the turn of the century. Mumbai, several parts of which are at sea level, is already prone to flooding. Due to lack of upgradation to its drainage system, and partially due to encroachments on the creeks which were natural channels for diverting the water’s flow, Mumbai wit-nesses severe flooding every year. The Arabian Sea could begin entering and flooding parts of Mumbai by 2050, leav-ing nearly the whole city and suburbs under water.

A climate change report this year said India’s financial capital would be completely submerged by the turn of the century. Mumbai, several parts of which are at sea level, is already prone to floodin..
Read More

Miami’s sea levels are rising at rates faster than in other areas of the world, resulting in f loods, contaminated drinking water, and major damage to homes and roads. Miami and Miami Beach already struggle with serious flooding related to sea-level rise, even when there is no rain. The flat, low-lying areas are surrounded by rising seas, and the ground underneath is mostly porous limestone, which means water will eventually rise through it.

Miami’s sea levels are rising at rates faster than in other areas of the world, resulting in f loods, contaminated drinking water, and major damage to homes and roads. Miami and Miami Beach already s..
Read More

Venice’s flooding in 2019 was already the worst the city had seen in a decade. Famous tourist attractions like St Mark’s Basilica and the Piazza San Marco were submerged in water, while the many precious artworks that the city is home to were also at risk. A recent study showed that the city, which was built on stilts, is also tilting to the East.

Venice’s flooding in 2019 was already the worst the city had seen in a decade. Famous tourist attractions like St Mark’s Basilica and the Piazza San Marco were submerged in water, while the many prec..
Read More

The Indonesian capital is the world’s fastest sinking city, going down by 6.7 inches every year. Forty per cent of Jakarta currently lies below sea level. But the main reason it’s sinking is rampant groundwater pumping. This creates a change in pressure and volume that causes the land to sink. Worst hit are the northern areas, including the port of Tanjung Priok. So dire is the situation that authorities have decided to move the seat of government to a forest on the island of Borneo.

The Indonesian capital is the world’s fastest sinking city, going down by 6.7 inches every year. Forty per cent of Jakarta currently lies below sea level. But the main reason it’s sinking is rampant ..
Read More

New Orleans is projected to see 14.5 inches of sea level rise by 2040, among the highest in the world. NASA’s maps show parts of the city sinking at a rate of two inches per year, mostly areas near the Mississippi River and industrialised sectors like Norco and Michoud. Like other major cities, the rising water level is being caused by groundwater pumping, human withdrawal of water, oil, and gas, compacting of shallow sediments and continued land movement from glaciers.

New Orleans is projected to see 14.5 inches of sea level rise by 2040, among the highest in the world. NASA’s maps show parts of the city sinking at a rate of two inches per year, mostly areas near t..
Read More
Download
The Economic Times Business News App
for the Latest News in Business, Sensex, Stock Market Updates & More.
READ MORE
ADVERTISEMENT

READ MORE:

LOGIN & CLAIM

50 TIMESPOINTS

More from our Partners

Loading next story
Text Size:AAA
Success
This article has been saved

*

+