Later this month, more than 1,000 Amazon staffers will walk out to demand action. Rebecca Sheppard is one of the strikes organizers
Since late last year, a group of workers within Amazon have been organizing to push the company to radically reduce its carbon emissions. Yesterday, they announced a major new action: on 20 September, Amazon workers around the world will walk out of their offices to join the Global Climate Strike. So far, more than 1,000 workers have pledged to participate. The organizers have three demands. They want the company to commit to zero emissions by 2030, to have zero custom cloud computing contracts with fossil fuel companies and to spend zero dollars on funding climate-denying lobbyists and politicians.
I spoke to one of the walkouts organizers, a 28-year-old Amazon employee in Seattle named Rebecca Sheppard. We spoke about the origins of climate organizing within Amazon, the goals of the walkout and how the campaign connects to the wider tech worker movement.
Im a senior product manager for Amazon Air. I work out of the Seattle headquarters, and Ive been here for nearly three years.
What is Amazon Air?
In 2013, Amazon had an issue with third-party carriers getting packages to peoples homes in time for Christmas. So the company began building its own cargo airline, Amazon Air. We currently have 40 airplanes, and the plan is to expand to 70 by 2021.