Seattle, Washington - May 29, 2018 (Investorideas.com Newswire) On Tuesday, 350 Seattle announced a campaign to persuade local tech giant Amazon to end its intransigence on climate issues. The company is one of the only major tech companies that refuse to disclose their carbon impacts to CDP, and for all the supposed futurism of its Mars-obsessed founder and CEO, Amazon relies almost entirely on dirty energy for both its deliveries and its Amazon Web Services (AWS) cloud computing products.
The group points out that Amazon--which holds its Annual General Meeting tomorrow--quashed a shareholder resolution urging serious study of the feasibility of achieving net-zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2030. "Climate change doesn't disappear just because they don't report their pollution numbers--quite the opposite," says Dave McCaul. "It's not possible to be a responsible or customer-centered company right now without moving ambitiously to 100% clean energy. Apple is already running on 100% clean energy, and even Walmart has left them in the dust by preordering electric trucks. Honestly, it's embarrassing."
Others point out that Amazon's pollution impacts are complex both globally and locally. "Greenhouse gases from transportation and energy are the overwhelming impact for the planet," adds Emily Johnston. "But the impacts locally are severe too--everything from Port pollution that primarily impacts South Seattle neighborhoods, to the company's impact on housing prices, which means more people are pushed out of the city, where they're forced to drive everywhere. Having a behemoth like Amazon in town can be good for jobs, of course, but there are ways to be responsible about those impacts, and as we've seen with the opposition to the head tax, the company just flat-out doesn't seem interested."
In addition to producing the video to help spur awareness of the campaign, the group is generating social media attention and emails to Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos, urging the company to disclose its emissions, pilot EV delivery in the nation's 15 most polluted cities (including Seattle), and make all operations fossil fuel-free by 2030.
Members of the group will be present tomorrow for the multi-group protest outside of the AGM, at 8:30 am at 155 N 35th St. in Fremont.
Rebecca Deutsch, 206-669-4149
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