Amazon pledges to tackle climate change head-on

A rendering shows the all-electric delivery truck Amazon plans to buy from Rivian on the road

A rendering shows the all-electric delivery truck Amazon plans to buy from Rivian on the road

"One of the main reasons Amazon is likely making this commitment is that it's just better for their business".

Amazon employees walked out in protest on Friday over the company's inaction on climate change. More than 1,500 workers there still plan to walk out tomorrow.

It's 3 Googles of pollution, or almost 3 Microsofts.

"While the purchasing of one hundred thousand electric vans is certainly more than a token investment, Amazon is still one of the few companies who have not published its carbon footprint", said Gary Cook, senior corporate campaigner at Greenpeace USA. Shareholders voted down their proposal for Amazon to disclose a comprehensive climate change plan.

Bezos was joined by Christiana Figueres, the former United Nations climate chief and founder of the climate activist group Global Optimism, who expressed hope the pledge would spur more action by companies.

"I'm walking out to make sure that all of the great landscapes that are now available all over the world are still available for the next generation", Roshni Naidu, 28, a senior technical product manager who has worked at Amazon for five years, told ABC News Friday. And over 8,000 workers ended up signing an open letter to Bezos, asking to aggressively reduce emissions, to stop contracts with oil and gas companies, to stop campaign contributions to politicians who deny the existence of climate change. "There's a lot of hard work ahead for Amazon".

"That is an excuse that people tend to provide", she said. "It is not hard".

"Amazon understands the value of trucking and trucks to its operations", Ladd said, "and Rivian will provide Amazon with a platform to increase the use of EVs for deliveries as well as disrupting trucking".

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Jeff Bezos, Amazon founder and chief executive, said: "If a company with as much physical infrastructure as Amazon-which delivers more than 10 billion items a year-can meet the Paris Agreement 10 years early, then any company can. Reforestation is a great example of a nature-based solution for removing carbon from the Earth's atmosphere".

Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos told investors on Thursday that the electric vehicles are part of the online retailer's plan to be carbon neutral by 2040. Currently, we dangle a most interesting time.

Still, Deutsch said, "It's an exciting day".

"Climate change is and must be a work-appropriate conversation", a Google employee and action organizer said.

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Raising the stakes in the eco-friendly delivery wars, Amazon (NASDAQ: AMZN) said it has ordered 100,000 electric delivery vans from electric vehicle startup Rivian.

Amazon's annual revenue past year was $233 billion.

Requested in regards to the Amazon staff position to join the strike, Bezos called it "completely understandable". "And so it should reflect what the employees want", Naidu said.