Google Employees: Company Must Address ‘Climate Crisis’ Harming ‘Marginalized People’

James Marshall
November 6, 2019

In a piece published on Medium, addressed to Google CFO Ruth Porat, the group calling itself Google Workers for Action on Climate wrote: "We, the undersigned Google workers, in accordance with the gravity and urgency of the global climate crisis and its disproportionate harm to marginalized people, call on Google to commit to and release a company-wide climate plan".

Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos announced the business would commit to carbon neutrality by 2040 and 100 percent renewable energy by 2030.

It also calls on Google to decline contracts that would support the extraction of fossil fuels and to avoid collaborating with organisations involved with the oppression of refugees.

The four requests Googlers are vociferating for involvement of zero-emission by 2030 no commitments that sanction to speed up the extortion of fossil fuels which are accountable for an extensive percentage of greenhouse gas emissions, no financing for collectives, lobbyists or politicians who contradict climate change; and no joining with those sanctioning confinement, monitoring, dispersion or persecution of refugees or advanced section.

The letter from Google employees specifically invokes Microsoft and Amazon workers' efforts to challenge their employers' efforts to combat climate change. The recipients reportedly include the Competitive Enterprise Institute (CEI), which was instrumental in getting the administration to withdraw from the Paris climate change agreement.

"Google is a global company with billions of users across the world, many of whom are already bearing the brunt of climate disaster", the letter says.

A year ago more than 20,000 Google workers around the world walked out of their offices to protest payouts to executives accused of sexual assault and misconduct. "As Google workers, we are committed to putting our users first, and Google must do the same". Other workers in the tech industry have joined the cause, employees of Amazon and Microsoft also addressed open letters to their employers stating "climate change is an existential threat".

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