Today, Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos announced a massive new commitment to fight climate change called The Climate Pledge. He says Amazon will work to drastically reduce its carbon emissions with the ultimate goal of becoming carbon-neutral by 2040 — all part of an effort to avert some of the most catastrophic effects of climate change.
Joining Bezos onstage was Christiana Figueres, a former executive secretary of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change. “We are incredibly grateful that Jeff is doing this,” Figueres said. “We’re not playing house anymore. This really now is an emergency.”
Today’s announcement comes a day before thousands of Amazon employees have pledged to walk off the job to protest the company’s pollution and support of fossil fuel companies and climate deniers. The 15,500 Amazon employees who have said they will walk out on September 20th will join massive demonstrations around the world ahead of a United Nations summit on climate action taking place in New York City on September 23rd. Dubbed the Global Climate Strike, it builds on a movement of youth walking out of class on Fridays to protest inaction on an issue they believe will shape their futures.