Amazon workers are criticizing the company’s record on climate change as on Sunday, more than 300 employees of the online retail giant signed their names and job titles to statements on the blog post on Medium. The protest was organized by a group called Amazon Employees For Climate Justice which is an advocacy group founded by Amazon workers that earlier this month said the company had sent letters to its members threatening to fire them if they continued to speak to the press.
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“It’s our moral responsibility to speak up, and the changes to the communications policy are censoring us from exercising that responsibility,” said Sarah Tracy, a software development engineer at Amazon, in a statement.
The company said that its policy on external communications is old and applies to all Amazon employees and is not directed at any specific group.
“While all employees are welcome to engage constructively with any of the many teams inside Amazon that work on sustainability and other topics, we do enforce our external communications policy and will not allow employees to publicly disparage or misrepresent the company or the hard work of their colleagues who are developing solutions to these hard problems,” according to an Amazon spokesperson.
Amazon relies on fossil fuels to power the planes, trucks, and vans that ship packages all over the world have an enormous carbon footprint and its workers have also criticized some of the company’s practices.
More than 8,000 staffers last year signed an open letter to CEO and founder Jeff Bezos demanding that Amazon cut its carbon emissions, end its use of fossil fuels and stop its work with oil companies that use Amazon’s technology to locate fossil fuel deposits. Amazon said in a statement that ‘it is passionate about climate change issues and has already pledged to become net-zero carbon by 2040 and use 100% renewable energy by 2030.’