Ahead of the Amazon project shareholders meeting the 26th, mmore than 600 employees to have signed a petition put pressure on the company to bring its pollution levels to zero by 2030 – especially in communities of color that primarily border the Amazonwarehouses.
The petition, who had collected 640 signatures at the time of writing, ask Amazon to prioritize zero-emission technologies in heavily affected communities in order to live up to its “racial equity statements and closure racial equity gaps ”:
“As employees, we are alarmed that Amazon’s pollution is disproportionately concentrated in communities of color,” the petition reads. « Amazon must commit to zero emissions by 2030 and first deploy zero-emission technologies in the communities most affected by its pollution. We want to be proud of where we work. “
The petition was launched by Worker members of Amazon employees for climate justice, and began to circulate in response to the rejection by the company of a proposed shareholder resolution which sought to coerce the company must account for the amount of pollution it emits in communities of color. There is a precedent where Amazon employees are organizing for green causes: in 2019, more than 7,500 workers threw their weight behind ultimately a failure shareholder proposal calling on the CEO Jeff Bezos to create a comprehensive climate change plan for the organization.
The dismissals in 2020 of two Amazon employees who had participated in the organization of efforts with Amazon employees for climate justice also made waves when it became is under investigation by the National Labor Relations Board, which ultimately determined that the the layoffs were retaliation and, therefore, illegal.
Amazon warehouses and factories have proliferated in the United States in recent years, frequently to emerge outside the working class communities which are mainly made up of people of color. The fact that the e-commerce giant ships on average more than a million packages per day has, in turn, makes these communities hotbeds of pollution – a kind of ground zero pour plastic waste and runoff from diesel trucks and other modes of transportation that Amazon uses to transport its products.
“Amazon shows up without notifying the community of their encroachment. They arrive with warehouses and delivery trucks which aggravate our roads, our air. Paola Dela Cruz-Perez, youth organizer for the non-profit East Yard Communities for Environmental Justice, said for a Mardi Report kept ahead of the plan shareholder Meet. “Amazon has expanded its business into Southeastern Los Angeles neighborhoods like mine by understanding exactly how environmental racism works and choosing to take advantage of that oppression.”
Despite the rejection of the shareholders’ resolution on the pollution reports, Amazon shareholders still expect to vote on a separate resolution at Wednesday’s meeting. who would be ask the company to indicate to what extent its plastic packaging is found in the environment.