Google employees want the company to commit to zero emissions by 2030

Rodiano Bonacci
Novembre 6, 2019

More than 1,100 Google employees on Monday signed an open letter calling on the company to commit to a wide-ranging plan to address the "urgency of the global climate crisis and its disproportionate harm to marginalized people". They're demanding a strategy that incorporates four elements in particular, starting with the capability to achieve zero emissions by 2030. They even referenced an article by environmental reporter Lisa Song that says "carbon credits for forest preservation may be worse than nothing".

The letter demanded that Google commit to zero emissions by 2030, cut ties with the fossil-fuel industry, stop funding climate-denying lobbyists and politicians, and have no relationship with organisations involved in oppressing "refugees or frontline communities". In addition, the letter asks the company to cease funding for think tanks, lobbyists and politicians who deny climate change.

The Guardian reported in October that Google's has funded multiple lobbying groups and think tanks that actively push back against climate change legislation, including the Competitive Enterprise Institute (CEI) whose director Myron Ebell was reportedly a key player in convincing President Trump to pull out of the Paris Climate Accord.

Finally, the workers are demanding a strategy that has "zero collaboration with entities enabling the incarceration, surveillance, displacement, or oppression of refugees or frontline communities".

The letter said that the firm is a global company having billions of userbase.

Previous year more than 20,000 Google workers around the world walked out of their offices to protest payouts to executives accused of sexual assault and misconduct.

The first three demands echo the climate change requests Amazon employees outlined in September, which isn't a surprise given that Google employees publicly support Amazon's climate change demands. "As Google workers, we are committed to putting our users first, and Google must do the same".

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