Over 3,500 Amazon employees call for company to take action to address climate change

As the threat of climate change continues to grow, thousands of Amazon employees are asking the company to act to address it even if the federal government won’t.

Over 3,500 Amazon employees signed an open letter on Wednesday calling on founder and CEO Jeff Bezos and the Board of Directors to put the company’s vast resources and power to good use on this crucial issue.

“We, the undersigned 3,541* Amazon employees, ask that you adopt the climate plan shareholder resolution and release a company-wide climate plan that incorporates the principles outlined in this letter,” the letter states.

“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 continues. “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.”

Indeed, Bezos is worth over $100 billion and Amazon is a $1 trillion company. It certainly has the resources to craft a climate plan and put it into action.

Among the actions the letter suggests is cutting carbon output to zero, investing in clean vehicles to reduce pollution, end an initiative that benefits oil and gas companies and motivates them to produce even more fossil fuels, stop donating money to lawmakers and political candidates who deny climate change, switch more of their installations to run on solar power, and advocate for climate change policies on every government level.

As one the most powerful companies in the United States, Amazon has a lot of clout and can definitely influence how the government and the private sector handle climate change.

“Amazon’s leadership is urgently needed,” the letter states. “We’re a company that understands the importance of thinking big, taking ownership of hard problems, and earning trust. These traits have made Amazon a top global innovator but have been missing from the company’s approach to climate change.”

Unfortunately, these traits are also missing from the White House and the United States Senate, where Republicans call the shots and refuse to address climate change at all. Even President Donald Trump refuses to acknowledge it is a problem despite the fact that his own real estate investments are at serious risk from the affects of climate change.

“In our mission to become “Earth’s most customer-centric company,” we believe our climate impact must be a top consideration in everything we do,” the letter concluded. “We have the power to shift entire industries, inspire global action on climate, and lead on the issue of our lifetimes. We ask that you, as leaders responsible for our strategic direction, adopt the climate plan resolution and release a company-wide plan that incorporates the six principles above.”

If Amazon follows through, they’ll be helping to save the planet, their employees and the very customers they serve. Amazon is a great company, but it could be so much more. They could lead the way toward preserving our future, and that would be one hell of an advertising pitch. They just have to have the courage and vision to do the right thing.

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