President Joe Biden met with Bill Gates on the sidelines of COP26 on Tuesday as America’s billionaires jetted into Glasglow for the UN Climate Summit.
Jeff Bezos elbow bumped with British Prime Minister Boris Johnson while Mike Bloomberg met with Prince William at the A-list climate event.
The two-week long gathering in Glasglow has brought in world leaders, celebrity CEOs, A-list actors and climate activists to discuss ways reduce the planet’s temperature by 1.5 degrees.
Most bold-faced named jetted in from Rome, where they were attending the G20 summit, to talk climate change.
Many have their pet projects, which they are there to promote, and to chat with fellow stars on the sidelines of the climate sessions.
Biden is pushing The First Movers Coalition – a clean energy technology program to combat climate change, a project Gates is supporting. The two men teamed up to promote the project.
‘We need all of us working together. I know you’re tired of hearing that said,’- Biden said at the event. ‘I want to thank all the private sector for their work.’
Gates mingled and posed for photos in front of a race car that appeared to be papier-mâché’d with recycled plastic before the event.
Prince William joined Bloomberg, the former mayor of New York, at a reception for his Earthshot Prize winners and finalists.
Prince William arrives for the Accelerating Clean Technology Innovation and Deployment event at the COP26 summit, stopping to check out a papier-mache’d car
Bill Gates met with President Joe Biden at the climate event
Actor Leonardo DiCaprio sat quietly in the back of one Biden speech
President Biden (center) and Bill Gates (second from right) helped promote clean technology
William also joined Biden and Johnson at the clean technology event and stopped to check out the papier-mache’d car.
Biden met with William Monday night, laughing with him and putting a hand on his shoulder, during a welcome reception at the popular Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum in Glasgow, a short distance from where the climate summit was being held. The Duchess of Cambridge was also seen arriving at the event along with Prince Charles and Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall.
Bezos joined Johnson and Biden at an event on Tuesday to combat deforestation. He chatted with the PM and waved to Biden.
Actor Leonardo DiCaprio sat quietly in the back of one Biden speech, listening to the president outline his vision for a ‘Build Back Better World.’
DiCaprio, unlike his fellow celebrities, appears to have shunned a private jet to get to the climate summit after previous criticism about his heavy carbon footprint.
Bezos, meanwhile, addressed the climate summit about how going to space made him realise ‘how thin the globe’s atmosphere is’ and said ‘the private sector must also play its part to reduce carbon emissions.’
The Amazon.com founder arrived at the UN climate change summit in his $65 million private jet.
Bezos, who earlier this year made a short journey to space in the first crewed flight of his rocket ship, New Shepard, pledged $2 billion for land restoration in Africa, paid as part of the Bezos Earth Fund.
He told delegates: ‘I was told that seeing the Earth from space changes the lens through which you see the world. But I was not prepared for how much that would be true.
‘Looking back at earth from up there, the atmosphere seems so thin. The world so finite and so fragile. Now in this critical year, and what we all know is the decisive decade, we must all stand together to protect our world.’
US politician Michael Bloomberg, one of the world’s wealthiest men with a net worth estimated at more than 60 billion US dollars (£46.3 billion), who joined the royal’s ambitious environmental initiative as a global adviser to the Earthshot Prize winners, is hosting today’s event. Pictured, with Prince William
epa09558982 British Prime Minister Boris Johnson (R) greets Jeff Bezos, founder and executive chairman of Amazon, for the Action on Forests and Land Use session at the UN Climate Change Conference (COP26) in Glasgow
Jeff Bezos waves to President Biden (not pictured) who was seated further down the stage
President Joe Biden capped off his first day at the COP26 climate conference on Monday with a royal reception, chatting with Prince William
He said that he was ‘honoured’ to pledge $2 billion to restore nature as part of the Bezos Earth Fund’s ‘$10billion commitment to fight climate change, enhance nature, advance environmental justice and economic opportunity’.
On Sunday, MailOnline observed at least 52 private jets landing at Glasgow – while estimates put the total number flying in for the conference at 400.
Conservative predictions suggest the fleet of private jets arriving for COP26 will blast out 13,000tonnes of carbon dioxide in total – equivalent to the amount consumed by more than 1,600 Britons in a year.