Posted on December 30, 2018 |
by Carolyn Fortuna
December 30, 2018 for Carolyn Fortuna
The extremely brief and austere website of the Musk Foundation has as its objective 4 support areas for subsidies: research and defense in renewable energies, research and defense in human space exploration, pediatric investigation and science and engineering education. Elon Musk, CEO of Tesla, is the only funder of the Musk Foundation, with at least $ 257 million to date. He is an altruistic whose philanthropy reaches clean water, disaster relief and sustainability innovations of all kinds. The concession of progressive social reform is just one of the many ways in which Musk's philanthropy is a symbol of what government aid programs could do if the appropriate resources were allocated methodically and intentionally.
But he does not expect institutional intervention, like a handful of others, Musk has chosen to give most of his fortune to charity, rather than his descendants. Joining Bill Gates, Warren Buffett and others, Musk is a member of The Giving Pledge, the promise that some of the mega-wealthy have made to give their legitimate fortune to the goals of justice that are urgent and worth the penalty to move forward.
The business achievements of Musk linked to altruism
"It is not the strongest surviving species … nor the most intelligent ones that survive. It is the most adaptable to change."
– Charles Darwin –
We know from climate scientists that this century should be a time when temperatures remain well below 2 degrees Celsius (compared with pre-industrial levels). The purpose of the Paris climate agreement is that this happens. More importantly, and fortunately, the economically beneficial business decisions and the sustainable energy initiatives are now very compatible.
Elon Musk has provided a vision of the future sustainable future that can be seen through the various companies it has founded and managed, demonstrating perhaps the best to have any potential to take strong environmental measures and earn money.
In its ideal configuration, a fully electric Tesla car can use SolarCity solar panels or a Tesla solar roof and store energy in a residential Tesla Powerwall. Probably, this combination satisfies the needs of a home and transport energy. No, these are not examples of philanthropy, per se. Rather, they are efforts towards the common good, since these Tesla products are helping to accelerate the massive adoption of sustainable energy.
Another Musk company, SpaceX, designs, manufactures and launches advanced rockets and spacecraft. The company was founded in 2002 to revolutionize space technology, with the ultimate goal of allowing people to live on other planets. Neuralink is developing machine-ultra bandwidth interfaces to connect humans and computers. The company intends to create brain-computer interfaces. (In 2015, Musk donated $ 10 million to the Future of Life Institute to run a worldwide research program to keep the AI beneficial for humanity). The Boring company is looking for the most efficient and fastest ways to excavate low cost tunnels that allow fast transit through densely populated regions.
But, in business and in delivery, Musk continually returns to the need to move from fossil fuels to renewable energy options such as wind and solar. "We are playing with fire in coal and oil," he said. In fact, never before in human civilization bets have been so high. The future of the planet is at stake, and many solutions will come from the incentives offered by billionaires such as Elon Musk.
Philanthropy for Social and Environmental Justice
"The task of philanthropy and social change is at its best when they are driven by your values and connected to what concerns you most."
– Charles Bronfman –
Foundations, investors, charities and some public bodies around the world have funded and increasingly supported innovative ways of business that face clear social or environmental missions. It seems that Musk is one of these people and favors the efforts that social justice and equity play in ecological contexts. Successfully facing these challenges can have a positive impact on other challenges, creating the proverbial dominant effect. An example is based on technological advances to provide better education for underprivileged children.
As someone who is often included in a list of top-level philanthropists, Musk has contributed $ 15 million in donations to a XPRIZE program called Global Learning. This contest challenges teams from around the world to develop open and scalable software that allows children in developing countries to learn to read, write and arithmetically within 15 months. The project recognizes that an estimated 250 million children around the world can not read, write or demonstrate basic arithmetic skills.
When the prize was launched in 2014, 700 teams from 55 countries around the world have signed up to compete. In 2017, the first 5 concepts were put into the hands of more than 2,500 children in 141 remote remote Tanzanian peoples to test the application of each team.
The team that brings your cohort of about 500 children to the highest levels of literacy will gain XPRIZE.
Flint, water pollution from Michigan
"Philanthropy is commendable, but it should not make the philanthropist consider the circumstances of economic injustice that philanthropy requires".
– Martin Luther King, Jr. –
Within the philanthropy, there is also an important interconnection of the three major agents of change in our society: government, business and people.
Four years ago, it was discovered that lead and other toxins contaminated water supply in Flint, Michigan. The community has struggled since then with problems of water pollution. In Oct. 2018, Musk and the Musk Foundation donated $ 480,350 to install new water sources with leakage systems in all of their schools. "The method of purification of UV water in the water filtration systems will disinfect all the lead and bacteria from the water pipes to allow students to drink and fill water bottles of the water sources of the school, "the city of Flint said in a press release.
Flint's superintendent of community schools, Derrick López, added: "New water filtration systems will be essential to help our students return to normal what should be a fundamental right: to have access to Safe and safe water from sources of water in your school. "
Musk is also in the process of fulfilling a promise made at the beginning of 2018 to finance repairs to any water filtration system in Flint homes that are contaminated above the FDA levels.
Puerto Rico Energy Infrastructure
"The results of the philanthropy are always beyond the calculation."
– Mary Ritter Beard –
– Ricardo Rossello (@ricardorossello) October 6, 2017
Puerto Rico Governor Ricardo Rossello spoke to Elon Musk through social media on Twitter at the end of 2017 on the possibility of Tesla's intervention to restore power to the island after devastating the # 39; Hurricane Maria. Reporter Maria Galluci described the island as a place where water treatment facilities could not provide drinking water, markets and restaurants could not refrigerate food, banks could not make transactions and People could not communicate with cell phones or the Internet. Semafors and traffic lights stop working. Schools and hospitals closed their doors.
Musk offered the services of Tesla to help restore power to Puerto Rico. After his initial personal donation of $ 250,000, a shipment of hundreds of rechargeable Power Power packs arrived on the island. At the end of October, Musk and Tesla successfully returned the largest island hospital in the island at maximum power thanks to a combination of PowerWall packages and solar technology. This was possible because Tesla's technology could avoid the broken infrastructure of the power network.
The company began to work on 6 more battery projects in Puerto Rico to help the key areas of the community such as the Susan Centeno hospital, the Boys and Girls Club in Vieques, the bomb station of the # 39; Arcadia water, a sewage treatment plant and the elderly community of Ciutat Dorada.
Each package, which connects to the existing solar arrays, has 550 kilowatt-hours of power. In April, Tesla shared that the company sent more than 1,000 batteries, which are currently supplying energy in 662 locations.
Perform maths in that one to determine how many MWh Tesla have already been implemented. Yowza!
At the moment, Tesla batteries live and deliver energy in 662 locations in Puerto Rico. The team is working 24/7 to activate several hundred more. https://t.co/OMu8qKJvLy
– Elon Musk (@elonmusk) April 18, 2018
Tesla's contributions became part of a larger initiative for Puerto Rico to move away from the dependence of fossil fuels to a new green business. The mayor of San Juan, Carmen Yulín Cruz, offered a vision of self-sufficiency in clean energy during the recent meeting of the Sanders Institute, which describes the dependence of the renewable energy of L & Island as part of the need to "live, prosper, not just to survive."
Politics and altruism Intersection
"Politics have no relation to morality".
– Niccolo Machiavelli –
The Musk Foundation has contributed at least to a non-profit organization of the right of the center, the Cato Institute, freely aligned, in accordance with the Influence Watch research carried out through the Search Foundation .
The Musk Foundation also finances politically active organizations that support a progressive agenda and include the National Wildlife Federation; Fundación Sierra Club; the New Venture grantmaking fund; Global Green USA; Energy Foundation; the Clinton foundation; People for the American Way Foundation; Oxfam America; Oceana; the BlueGreen Alliance Foundation; the Tide Center; and the Council of Defense of Natural Resources (NRDC).
"If you get up in the morning and think that the future will be better, it's a brilliant day. Otherwise, it's not."
– Elon Musk –
Lore explains that the Greek playwright Èxil coined the term "philanthropy" in the 5th century BC to mean "the love of mankind." It is rare in our society that someone like Elon Musk who exercises such influence and power may also be a model to say about moral, scientific and environmental altruism. Give yourself time, money, experience, ingenuity, skills and talent to help create a better world.
Many philanthropists are driven by a deep desire to solve social problems and help others. And yes, the United States federal tax code includes incentives to give them in several ways (so far, at least, keep an eye on the updates of April 2019). This provides donors with deductions against income, capital gains and real estate taxes for the beneficial contributions they have made. Certainly, Elon Musk and other billionaires are very aware of the economic benefits that they offer the benefits.
However, the Musk car is so tied to its philanthropy, that fiscal benefits seem to be only part of a much bigger one. In fact, through its approach to environmental philanthropy, Musk has incorporated values, knowledge, political orientation and a variety of sociodemographic variables in the equation of current American wealth. It has shown how people who are among the highest social strata can do the right thing when they call so that they produce ethical and productive goals.
At a crucial moment in the history in which we have to devote ourselves to an intersectoral and honest discourse about the difficult situation of our planet and on the responses that we must have as a global community, good environmental management can appear, at least in part, from models such as the Musk philanthropy. The successes and failures of philanthropy can affect the remote villages or the oil industry, a farmer affected by deforestation threats or a small city whose water has been contaminated by fracking. The Musk philanthropy deserves our attention and thanks.