On Thursday, local time, a group of activists blocked an Amazon distribution center on the outskirts of Paris to protest the environmental damage caused by the company during Black Friday sales,media reported. It was learned that 50-100 activists from The Non-Violent Action COP21 and Friends of the Earth had blocked the Bretigny-sur-Orge Amazon warehouse, about 40 kilometres south of Paris, with bundles of hay and human walls.
In the crowd, some held banners that read “Amazon: Stop expanding and overproduction for the sake of the climate, for jobs,” while others used old electronics to block trucks trying to enter the site.
The protests are believed to have taken place on the eve of the Black Five sales campaign, which originated in the United States and began on the first day after Thanksgiving, and which has become a global sensation in the past few years.
Environmental activists say the sales promotion has led to a surge in the number of items Amazon and other retailers send to consumers, which has led to the rush to buy everything from mobile phones to furniture and clothing, which in turn has exacerbated greenhouse gas emissions.
Jean-Louisica, who heads urban planning in Paris, said in an open letter published on Monday that local authorities were considering regulations, including a tax on express delivery, to ease traffic congestion and pollution caused by companies such as Amazon.
During the Black Five, Amazon alone was said to ship 2.5 million packages a day in Paris, 10 times as many as usual.
Earlier, Elisabeth Borne, Britain’s environment minister, had warned of the spending spree caused by Black Five and the pollution it caused.