TechCrunch article TechCrawler, a digital news site, announced on Tuesday that it would be donating $2.5 million to marine conservation efforts to protect coral reefs.
It was a rare moment of unity from tech giants.
The news site’s founder and CEO Matt Britton said he was “deeply saddened” to see Google commit to making the donation, which is intended to go toward helping fund projects to restore coral reefs in the Caribbean and Asia.
“We can’t wait to start using these funds to help support our partners in conservation efforts,” Britton wrote in a blog post.
“It is a wonderful time to be alive.”
In a tweet, Google said that the donation was meant to support the coral restoration projects that it supports in the region.
Britton, who is also an investor in Facebook, was not immediately available for comment.
He said the donation “will help make a difference in the world.”
In April, Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg pledged to donate $1 billion over the next decade to efforts to restore reefs in places like the Bahamas and the Galapagos Islands, a Caribbean archipelago of about 1,500 islands.
The tech giants are the only major tech companies to publicly commit to donating money to coral conservation efforts.
But other tech giants have been less visible.
Twitter, for instance, announced in May that it was donating $10 million over the course of 2018 to support projects to support coral restoration.
The company is the largest of a handful of tech companies that have been a vocal supporter of the Caribbean’s coral reefs, and in May said it was considering providing more funding for projects to help protect the coral.
Google and Twitter also recently joined forces to promote the Caribbean as a breeding ground for marine species, a sentiment that is often echoed by conservation groups and government officials.