Amazon and Microsoft Employees to Join Global Climate Walkout

Employees are protesting climate change inaction on behalf of their firms.

Amazon and Microsoft workers are planning to strike over climate change inaction.

The workers from both companies are both planning a walkout on September 20 to support a worldwide youth climate protest — the Global Climate Walkout.

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Leading on climate

"As employees at one of the largest and most powerful companies in the world, our role in facing the climate crisis is to ensure our company is leading on climate, not following. We have to take responsibility for the impact that our business has on the planet and on people." read a letter submitted to Medium by Amazon employees.

The letter went on to say that Amazon engages in intensive use of fossil fuels as well as has custom solutions to help oil and gas companies accelerate the extraction and exploration of new oil and gas reserves.

Furthermore, the firm is also funding climate-denying think tanks as well as 68 members of Congress who voted against climate legislation 100% of the time.

Zero emissions by 2030

The Amazon employees also had some hefty demands for their company including committing to zero emissions by 2030.

"Amazon has the resources and scale to spark the world’s imagination and redefine what is possible and necessary to address the climate crisis. Our walkout on September 20th demonstrates the commitment of Amazon employees and calls on leadership to join us in this commitment," read the letter.

Meanwhile, Microsoft workers tweeted that "they will be joining millions of people around the world by participating in the youth-led Global Climate Strike on September 20th to demand an end to the age of fossil fuels."

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