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Employees criticize Amazon 's climate policy TIME ONLINE


Hundreds of Amazon employees have openly criticized how their company deals with climate change. On Sunday, more than 300 employees signed blog posts on the Medium website with their names and job descriptions.

The online protest was organized by a group called "Amazon employees for climate justice". It was only at the beginning of the month that she explained that the management had threatened employees in internal letters with termination if they continued to speak to the media.

The business principle of the mail order company Amazon is based on CO2-intensive parcel transport with cars and planes. Amazon's subsidiary Amazon Web Services is currently the largest company in the cloud computing market with a share of around 30 percent. In contrast to the competitor Apple, for example, which operates 83 percent of its data centers with renewable energies, AWS is considered backward. According to Greenpeace, the group obtained only 17 percent of its electricity from renewable energies in 2017.

Back in the fall of last year, Amazon and Microsoft employees asked their employers to take action against climate change. In September, employees from both groups took part in climate demonstrations. In November, more than a thousand Google employees also asked their company to draw up a climate protection plan.

Amazon had only hit the headlines a few days ago because its founder Jeff Bezos' cell phone was said to have been hacked using Saudi software. Bezos is also the owner of the US newspaper Washington Post, for whom columnist Jamal Khashoggi had worked and reported critically about Saudi Arabia. Khashoggi was killed in the Saudi consulate in Istanbul in October 2018. Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman has been suspected of ordering the killing because some of the agents involved in the murder worked directly for him. Bin Salman is said to have hacked Bezo's phone via a personal WhatsApp message.

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