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Philanthropy for Climate, Social Innovator Awards, and Inequality Reality Check: Davos Round-Up


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The World Economic Forum held its annual meeting in Davos, Switzerland, this week, and Oxfam released a report on the state of the world's richest people.

Here's what you need to know: The richest 1% of people on the planet have seen their wealth increase by an average of $2.7 billion per day since 2020.

That's the first time in 25 years that extreme wealth and extreme poverty have increased at the same time, according to Oxfam's "Survival of the Richest" report.

"While ordinary people are making daily sacrifices on essentials like food, the super-rich have outdone even their wildest dreams," says Gabriela Bucher, executive director of Oxfam International, per the Guardian.

Oxfam is calling for a wealth tax on the world's richest, arguing that such a tax could raise $1.7 billion a year, enough to lift 2 billion people out of poverty.

Giving to Amplify Earth Action: The WEF on Tuesday launched Giving to Amplify Earth Action, an initiative to increase philanthropic funding to tackle climate change and biodiversity loss, per the Guardian.

The group estimates that $3 trillion is needed to address climate change and biodiversity issues, and CEO Per Heggenes of the Ikea Foundation says it's "unacceptable" that just 2% of...

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