Just 24 hours after Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos announced an ambitious plan to make his company carbon-neutral by 2040, more than a thousand employees gathered at Seattle's headquarters of the tech giant to insist that Amazon and its technical rivals have much more to do to cope with climate change.
The Bezos Climate Initiative is "just the beginning," says Weston Fribley, an Amazon software engineer, in front of a crowd of tech workers, most of Amazon, who left work Friday morning as part of a worldwide "climate impact".
It's "for decency," added Sam Kern, a Google engineer. "Taking Responsibility for the Issues We Sharpen and Taking Responsibility for the Problems We Have Resources to Help Solve It."
One of the hundreds of "climate strikes" planned in cities around the world on Friday Amazon race At first, the spheres looked like they could be overshadowed by Bezos's announcement Thursday. Amazon's CEO laid out plans to reduce the company's carbon footprint through measures such as investing in a massive fleet of electric delivery vehicles.
The Seattle Catt Strike organizers, while perhaps protected by the Bezos message, quickly adjusted their message on Friday's hike to a mix of praise and pressure.
There was praise for Amazon's willingness to tackle a problem that has largely been avoided for years, but also pressure for more concrete action ̵
"Amazon is still benefiting from technology specifically designed to accelerate the detection, development and extraction of fossil fuels," said Frib Ley, referring to cloud computing services that Amazon Web Service sells to energy companies. Likewise, "Amazon still funds lobbyists and politicians who deny climate reality. We have more work to do. "
This combination of praise and pressure echoed during a technology rally on Friday that organizers said was drawn between 2500 and 3000.
Bezos' message encouraged me to join the walk because it really showed that when employees put pressure, a real change is made, "said one Amazon worker who, like most peers, refused to give his name.
Another Amazon worker was excited to see Amazon use its tremendous resolve power problems to work on changing k "We are one of the fastest technology companies – we can do much more than the government," in the fight against emissions reductions, he said.
But other rally participants have expressed skepticism about Amazon's latest move.
"I'm glad to hear that he's making these changes, but why now?" said an Amazon worker who attended the rally with Bezos. his partner and his infant daughter in a backpack.
His partner, who was not an Amazon employee, went further, arguing that Bezos could launch the initiative Thursday long ago.
Other Amazon workers said the company had to demonstrate commitment to climate policy if it wanted to keep its money, it had the money, it had the investment – it could make that announcement last year. attracting and retaining the best talent.
"Our generation knows what the future will be and where jobs will be, so why join a looking company?" Said an Amazon worker in his 20s.
Rally speakers, most of whom are employees of local technology companies, also stressed the sector's responsibility to address problems that in many cases have sharpened its own technology and business strategies.
"We are moving very fast and have broken so many things," said Kern, a Google employee. "Technology is driven by the impulse to transform and interrupt, and so often on behalf of our users. We pass signs in the hallways that tell us to focus on the user, put the user first. Now, putting the consumer first means doing everything we can to take care of their homes and families. “