Amazon disclosed its’ Climate Pledge the day before employees planned to walk out, employees are now responding to its declaration. The group, Amazon Employees for Climate Justice, is the one pushing Amazon to take additional steps for the environment. This comes amid news of Greta Thunberg asking for additional environmental steps from the United Nations and suing countries over climate change.
Amazon employees announced their plan to walk out in support of the Climate March and in protest of the lack of environmental policies from Amazon management on September 9, 2019. Their asks from the company were, according to their website,: zero carbon emissions by 2030, zero custom Amazon Web Services for fossil fuel companies, and zero funding for climate denying lobbyists and politicians. The protest was on September 20, 2019. Millions marched around the globe in support of the climate, including 1,749 Amazon employees.
8,215 Amazon employees wrote a letter to Bezos in April 2019 asking for action on climate change. The Amazon Employees for Climate Justice group was formed as part of that open letter. The day before the protest, on September 19, 2019, Bezos announced the company’s Climate Pledge.
Responding to employees, the company pledged carbon neutrality by 2040 and did not mention any changes to the present practices about Amazon Web Services or limiting funding for lobby or political groups opposed to climate change, apart from “taking a look” at climate denial groups. New York Times research found that the company was funding a large climate change denial group.
Amazon employees are speaking out now about the need for urgency from Amazon. “Amazon employees are deeply concerned about the climate crisis, and we see how it’s impacting our lives. They’re not moving fast enough,” says Amazon employee Danilo Quilaton.
Speaking to Fast Company, Amazon software developer Jacob Adamson shared his thoughts on the Climate Pledge, “It’s clearly a direct reaction to the work we’ve been doing. That said, there’s still a lot more that Amazon can do. I think it’s important to do everything we can to be as ambitious as possible”
As climate protests continue to grow around the globe, more people are speaking out about the urgency for climate change action. Read more One Green Planet news on the Climate Strike. Germany disclosed its carbon reduction plans and many environmentalists think they should be doing more.
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