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Amazon employees in over 25 cities and 14 countries walked out of their offices Friday to protest the retailer's inaction over climate change, coinciding with the first day of the week-long Global Climate Strike.
Despite Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos' announcement Thursday that the company is planning to be carbon neutral by 2040, employees still staged a mass walkout Friday because his plan wasn't enough.
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The Amazon protest took place at about 11.30am Friday and involved more than 1,800 employees from across the US and around the world, organizers Amazon Employees for Climate Justice - an internal group - said.
The Amazon staffers who walked out from the company's Seattle headquarters were said to have been joined by employees from other major companies, including Google, Microsoft, Apple and Facebook, CNN reported.
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All told, it was estimated that 3,000 tech workers walked out, most gathering in front of a trio of greenhouses, known as The Spheres, which Amazon built for employees to use.
Employees were seen holding signs bearing slogans such as 'Break free from fossil fuels' and 'High standards mean low emissions.' There were also signs, reading 'Great start, Jeff,' referencing Bezos' recent carbon neutral plan announcement.
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Amazon Employees for Climate Justice said that the reason why it was so important for Amazon to take serious action was because of the company's size. It is said to employ about 600,000 people worldwide.
As such, the group said that Amazon needed to be the leader in its efforts to reach zero emissions, not just 'sliding in at the last moment.'
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The group said said that it wanted Amazon to speed up its zero emissions timeline by 10 years, setting the goal for 2030, as well as instituting electric vehicle use in areas that are deemed to be the most impacted by pollution....
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