Amazon employees are striking against climate change

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Amazon employees are striking against climate change
Industry pollution contributes to the overall climate change crisis.
Industry pollution contributes to the overall climate change crisis.

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By Siobhan Neela-Stock

Climate change is a hot-button issue. From students to politicians, people everywhere are standing up to the widespread inaction over the planet’s rapidly warming temperatures. 

There are around 65,000 corporate and tech Amazon employees in the U.S., and now 941 of them — comparatively a small number, but growing — have added their names to this list. 

Amazon Employees for Climate Justice, a group of Amazon workers who came together in Dec. 2018 to push for the development of a company-wide climate change plan, are demanding that the tech giant lower its climate emissions to zero by 2030. They will show their support by walking out of work on Sep. 20 at 11:30 PST. 

These employees will be joining youth and workers in different sectors on this day for a global climate strike, spurred by the millions of students who are protesting complicity to climate change.

We want Amazon to commit to zero emissions by 2030 and pilot electric vehicles first in communities most impacted by pollution. We should be leaders reaching zero first, not sliding in at the last moment.

Pledge to walk out with us: https://t.co/Ubcm6G2XWQ pic.twitter.com/vGmLIs9rnY

Amazon Employees For Climate Justice (@AMZNforClimate) September 9, 2019

The walkout is a reaction to Amazon’s dealings with the fossil fuel industry, including the company’s funding of $15,000 to the climate change-denying think tank Competitive Enterprise Institute.  

The group is also calling on Amazon to stop funding politicians and lobbyists who deny climate change and to discontinue their work with oil and gas companies, which use Amazon’s Artificial Intelligence technology, such as advanced machine learning, to accelerate oil and gas extraction. 

Amazon’s business contributes to the climate crisis. Communities around Amazon Warehouses, like the Inland Empire in California, have elevated rates of asthma and respirator disease because of the fossil-fuel powered vehicles that drive thousands of times each day,” said Sarah Read, a member of Amazon Employees for Climate Justice.

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