What would you do if you had a billion dollars to spare? Not many would use it to save our planet and secure a future for progeny but Swiss billionaire and renowned conservationist Hansjörg Wyss is an exception to the rule. According to media reports, Wyss is donating $1 billion to conserve the planet’s oceans and forests through his Wyss Foundation, a Swiss charity organisation.

“Lands and waters are best conserved when they become public national parks, wildlife refuges, or marine reserves,” Wyss wrote for an op-ed in the New York Times and added that he would donate the vast sum over a period of 10 years. In doing so, he hopes to save at least 30 per cent of the planet’s natural state in the next decade or so.

“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,” he wrote. “It is a gap that we must urgently narrow, before our human footprint consumes the earth’s remaining wild places.”

Recently, reports had emerged in the journal PNAS that our species will likely cause the death of so many other species that Earth will be unable to recover for a period of five million years.

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