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The dramatic moment when an Amazon worker asked Jeff Bezos to protect planet Earth

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23.05.2019

“Speed is everything,” Amazon employee Emily Cunningham said during a speech at the company’s annual shareholders meeting in Seattle on Wednesday. It sounded like a company motto or one of CEO Jeff Bezos’s famous leadership principles, but the user experience designer was referring to a shareholder resolution, outlined in a letter signed by over 7,700 other employees, for the company to act on climate: Finally tally up its carbon emissions, make plans for climate-related events, and choose to make clearer, bigger commitments to stop producing planet-warming gases.

“Without bold, rapid action, we will lose our only chance to avoid catastrophic warming,” she said, her words aimed at her boss, the world’s richest man. “There is no issue more important to our customers, to our world than the climate crisis, and we are falling far short … Our home, planet Earth, not far-off places in space, desperately needs bold leadership. Jeff, all we need is your leadership.”

Here's part two of the video. (2/2) pic.twitter.com/aLNDF8TuBJ

— Amazon Employees For Climate Justice (@AMZNforClimate) May 22, 2019

As she began presenting the resolution, her colleagues, dressed in white, rose from their seats, and eventually they were joined by other investors. With over 50 people literally standing with Cunningham, a typically staid assembly gave way to a surprisingly dramatic show of force. More so because she had started by asking for Bezos to come out and listen to her speech in person, but he remained backstage.

Amazon has never revealed its carbon footprint, or offered a clearly defined plan to cut emissions. The company has said a carbon tally is coming soon, made some emissions pledges, and invested in alternative energy, but it has generally lagged behind other giant tech or retail companies on environmental issues. (This is one reason that investor advisory firms Institutional........

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