Amazon, whose labor practices have been criticized from the left and right, is now facing a strike, over climate change activism.
Amazon will face its first worker’s strike in its meteoric 25-year history. Many other Big tech giants from Google to Riot Games and Wayfair. Now the bell of worker’s activism tolls for Amazon.
As Wired magazine wrote, “Over 900 Amazon employees have signed an internal petition pledging to walk out over their employer’s lack of action on climate change.” The article added that the demonstration is scheduled to take place at 11:30 am PST on September 20.
The open letter sent by Amazon employees condemned the top brass of the company. “We’re funding the premier climate denying think tank and we funded 68 members of Congress in 2018 who voted against climate legislation 100% of the time” it blasted.
The demands it put forth were nothing less than massive and expected to be implemented within roughly a decade:
- Zero emissions by 2030: Pilot electric vehicles first in communities most impacted by our pollution
- Zero custom Amazon Web Services (AWS) contracts for fossil fuel companies to accelerate oil and gas extraction
- Zero funding for climate denying lobbyists and politicians
This protest is reportedly intended to be part of the international global climate strike. As Vox wrote “the strike is part of a larger youth-led day of action in over 150 countries to pressure governments and corporations to address what participants call a growing climate crisis.”
“Amazon Employees for Climate Justice” posted a video of their testimonies to YouTube on September 9 describing climate change as the “most imminent threat to humanity” and “because the planet is f*cked.”