Hundreds of Amazon employees have spoken out against their employers’ record on climate change, risking dismissal to launch a revolt against the company’s ban on such public criticism,media reported. Amazon Employees for Climate Justice published comments Sunday from 357 employees, many of whom highlighted the hypocrisy the company sees in the eyes of its employees.
Amazon has pledged to use only renewable energy and reduce carbon emissions in the future, but it will continue to work with oil and gas companies and improve their businesses.
“The science of climate change is clear,” wrote Amelia Graham-McCann, senior business analyst at Amazon, while continuing to help the oil and gas industry extract fossil fuels while trying to silence workers. “
According to a recent report in the Guardian, only 20 companies have emitted a third of their greenhouse gas emissions since 1965, and many of them, including BP and Shell, rely on Amazon for cloud computing, machine learning and data services.
“I want Amazon to continue to establish itself as the world’s most customer-centric company,” wrote Melissa Reeder, Amazon’s senior user experience designer. By terminating our contracts with oil and gas companies, we can show the world that we put people’s interests ahead of profit and become leaders in addressing climate change. “
This is the latest example of Silicon Valley workers organizing and trying to change employer policies. Over the past few years, employees at Google and Microsoft have also used strikes or protests to express their displeasure with the company’s policies.
While amazon’s workforce, which is published today, is insignificant compared with the company’s total workforce, which includes warehouse workers, which number about 750,000, they represent a range of highly skilled jobs such as data scientists and software developers.
Moreover, not all the comments made were critical. Many appreciate Amazon’s current commitment to tackling climate change, but say the company needs to do more if it is truly following its culture of bold leadership.
“I love working at Amazon,” writes Mark Hiew, Amazon’s senior marketing manager. At this moment in our nation’s political and corporate history, I think it’s more important than ever for employees to have the freedom to speak openly about the actions of their employers. “