Almost 1,000 Amazon Employees To Protest Company's Inaction On Global Warming

James Marshall
September 10, 2019

In a response to the Amazon Employees for Climate Justice, the company told CNN Business that reducing human-made climate change is an "important commitment". More than 900 employees are protesting the retail giant's failure to take action in the fight against climate change.

So far, 941 employees have pledged to join the walkout, which is calling on Amazon to help stop climate change by cutting all carbon emissions by 2030.

In May, as Common Dreams reported, AECJ put forth a resolution at Amazon's annual shareholder meeting demanding a "company-wide climate plan" to reduce reliance on fossil fuels.

The walkout will be in solidarity with a global strike for workers and students, that will be held between September 20-27.

"As employees at one of the largest and most powerful companies in the world, our role in facing the climate crisis is to ensure our company is leading on climate, not following", said the Amazon Employees for Climate Justice group on Medium. "Earlier this year, we announced Shipment Zero - Amazon's vision to make all Amazon shipments net zero carbon, with 50% of all shipments net zero by 2030", an Amazon spokesperson said.

Amazon's climate-focused employees say that's not good enough. "As a leader, we need to reach zero first and not be a company who slides in at the last possible deadline". "Amazon is one of the world's most innovative companies".

The protest threat arrives as the tech giant has been focused on making one-day shipping the standard on Amazon Prime, which now offers free two-day shipping on eligible orders.To cut down on delivery times, Amazon has been spending a fortune building out the necessary infrastructure, and also buying up diesel-powered minivans. "Investment by the company in electrified aviation or maritime shipping would be a game-changer", the workers added.

Amazon has said that the company has "dedicated sustainability teams who have been working for years on initiatives to reduce our environmental impact" and that the company plans to share its carbon footprint later this year. And the group wants the company to test electric vehicles in cities that are most affected by the company's environmental impact. If the company only reduces emissions intensity per shipment, but shipment volume continues to grow substantially in the next decade, its total emissions could conceivably rise.

The Seattle walkout will begin at 11:30 a.m. PST.

The Global Climate Strike website claims that during the September 20 walkout, millions will leave their workplaces and homes to "join young climate strikers on the streets and demand an end to the age of fossil fuels".

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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