The Trillion dollar company employees usually don’t speak out in the public against their company. But 3,500 employees just did. On Medium, a post by a group called Amazon Employees for Climate Justice was published. It summarized that the company should cut down its reliance on fossil fuels and to reduce carbon emissions.
They’re pressurizing their employer to combat against climate change and contribute in it by cutting down the ties with oil and gas industries. This can be done by not providing cloud computing services. Recently, the International Panel of Climate change told the companies to cut down the emissions in half by 2030 and zero by 2050. Amazon pledged to make their packages zero carbon by 2030 and its shipment by 2050.
Amazon has the resources and scale to spark the world’s imagination and redefine what is possible and necessary to address the climate crisis,” the letter to Amazon board members and CEO Jeff Bezos reads.”We believe this is a historic opportunity for Amazon to stand with employees and signal to the world that we’re ready to be a climate leader.” The post indicted Amazon for donating money to Congress who voted against climate legislation.
To be accurate, 3,541 employees signed the letter/petition with their attached names and sent it to the board. The resolution was filed in 2018 and would be voted on next month. The number of employees just counts for one percent of the entire Amazon workforce, according to the data collected by FactSet data.
The company’s initiative to work towards the green world was noticed on Monday as Amazon announced a renewable energy initiative to build three wind farms. The last time, Amazon focused over the issue by a renewable energy product was two years ago.
Employees have also challenged the Amazon over selling its facial recognition software to the government. Last April, thousands of Google employees protested against the project Pentagon by submitting the letter to the board of directors. One more act was observed when more than 20,000 Google employees walked out to protest against the company’s handling of sexual misconduct with few names attached to the protest.
One of the employees named Fribley who signed the letter said, “Some just see the business opportunity in transforming an economy away from carbon and the kind of long-term value and market opportunity that that’s going to provide”. “Others are caring about their kids and what the world is going to be like even in just 20-30 years. Others spend a lot of time around nature and care deeply about the environment.”
The overriding thing,” he said, “is that people want to work for a company that’s doing the right thing around climate.”
The company’s spokesperson responded to the letter signed. “In operations alone, we have over 200 scientists, engineers, and product designers dedicated exclusively to inventing new ways to leverage our scale for the good of customers and the planet,” the spokesperson said. “We have a long term commitment to powering our global infrastructure using 100% renewable energy.”