More than a thousand Google employees have signed an open letter in which they encourage the company to commit to and issue a company-wide climate plan & # 39; in accordance with & # 39; the severity and urgency of the global climate crisis and the disproportionate damage to marginalized people & # 39 ;.
Those who added their signatures to the Monday letter agreed that they wanted the company to achieve zero emissions by 2030, zero contracts to enable or accelerate fossil fuel extraction and zero funding for think tanks, lobbyists and politicians who deny or slow down the climate. & # 39 ;.
The note for Ruth Porat, Chief Financial Officer at parent company Alphabet, contained a list of four points that Google should also add to & # 39; zero collaboration with entities that allow the detention, surveillance, expatriation or repression of refugees or first-line communities & # 39 ;.
Letter calls on Google to commit to and release a climate plan, stating that many of their billions of users worldwide & # 39; are victims of a climate disaster & # 39;
By Tuesday afternoon, 1,137 employees had signed a letter to Alphabet CFO Ruth Porat
The letter quotes similar actions from tech rivals and refers to a letter written by Amazon employees. It states that the & # 39; code of conduct of Google requires respect for users & # 39;
The letter was signed early Tuesday afternoon by 1,137 employees.
The employees pointed to examples of employees from other technological giants who have expressed concern.
The note published on Medium, said: & # 39; These requirements have been set by employees throughout the technology industry, including Amazon and Microsoft. & # 39;
It then quotes an open letter from Amazon from April that states: & # 39; Climate change is an existential threat. The report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) 2018 predicts that global warming of 2 ° Celsius, which we are currently on the right track to surpass, will threaten the lives of hundreds of millions of people and threaten thousands of species with extinction.
What & # 39; Google Workers For Action on Climate & # 39; want
- No emissions by 2030.
- Zero contracts to enable or accelerate the extraction of fossil fuels.
- No financing for think tanks, lobbyists and politicians who deny or slow down the climate.
- No cooperation with entities that permit the detention, surveillance, displacement or repression of refugees or front-line communities.
& # 39; We are already seeing devastating climate effects: unprecedented flooding in India and Mozambique, dry water sources in Africa, coastal relocation in Asia, forest fires and flooding in North America and failed crops in Latin America. Vulnerable communities with the least responsibility for the climate crisis are already paying the highest price. & # 39;
Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos shared a plan on September 19 that agreed to zero emissions by 2040.
The next day, hundreds of Google employees protested at Global Climate Strike prior to the United Nations summit, as did Amazon personnel.
In September, Google CEO Sundar Pichai said that according to the Financial Times the company could not achieve emissions by 2030 & # 39 ;.
However, Google has contributed to organizations that deny climate change, such as the Competitive Enterprise Institute (CEI), the Guardian reports.
The letter written by & # 39; Google Workers For Action on Climate & # 39; tells Porats and Google to do what employees interpret as what is asked of them.
& # 39; Google is a global company with billions of users around the world, many of whom are already suffering from a climate disaster & # 39 ;, the letter adds.
& # 39; The Google Code of Conduct requires respect for users and opportunities. As Google employees, we want to put our users first and Google must do the same. & # 39;
The letter refers to & # 39; unprecedented flooding in India and Mozambique, dry water sources in Africa, coastal relocation in Asia, forest fires and flooding in North America & # 39 ;. In the photo, the Maria Fire moves down a hill in Santa Paula, California on Friday
In the past three years, Google employees have made changes from within.
Protests contributed to the termination of a Pentagon contract to build AI for drone videos in August 2017.
Called Project Maven, it was seen as a foothold in winning the larger Joint Enterprise Defense Infrastructure Cloud (JEDI) contract, a $ 10 billion deal owned by Amazon for 10 years, but needs to be renewed.
Google also withdrew from a project to build a censored search app in China, Project Dragonfly.
However, Google continues to maintain a controversial AI research laboratory in Beijing, whose website says it focuses on & # 39; university education, natural language and market algorithm research, user experience and development of our globally available tools & # 39 ;.
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