This morning, Jeff Bezos announced he is donating $10 billion to his new “Bezos Earth Fund.” Following that news, Amazon Employees for Climate Justice issued the following statement:
“The international scientific community is very clear: burning the oil in wells that oil companies already have developed means we can’t save our planet from climate catastrophe.
As history has taught us, true visionaries stand up against entrenched systems, often at great cost to themselves. We applaud Jeff Bezos’ philanthropy, but one hand cannot give what the other is taking away. The people of Earth need to know: When is Amazon going to stop helping oil & gas companies ravage Earth with still more oil and gas wells? When is Amazon going to stop funding climate-denying think tanks like the Competitive Enterprise Institute and climate-delaying policy? When will Amazon take responsibility for the lungs of children near its warehouses by moving from diesel to all-electric trucking?
Bezos' announcement shows how effective it is when employees speak up about climate change.If you’re like us, worried about climate change and how your company is helping fossil fuel industry,you could try what we did: Sign a letter with coworkers! Start having meetings!Walk out!
— Amazon Employees For Climate Justice (@AMZNforClimate) February 18, 2020
Why did Amazon threaten to fire employees who were sounding the alarm about Amazon’s role in the climate crisis and our oil and gas business? What this shows is that employees speaking out works–we need more of that right now. Bezos’ announcement shows how effective it is when employees speak up about climate change. If you’re like us, worried about climate change and about how your company is helping the fossil fuel industry, you could try what we did: Sign a letter with coworkers! Start having meetings! Walk out!
Will Jeff Bezos show us true leadership or will he continue to be complicit in the acceleration of the climate crisis, while supposedly trying to help?”