Google employees aren't down with the climate crisis
Google employees are joining their tech siblings in the fight against climate change. Image: lIGHTPOET/SHUTTERSTOCK By Siobhan Neela-Stock2019-11-05 19:13:05 UTC If you want your employer to act on the global climate crisis, call them...
If you want your employer to act on the global climate crisis, call them out on the internet. At least, that's what some Google workers are doing.
On Monday, more than 1,000 Google employees wrote an open climate action letter to Google's CFO Ruth Porat, published on Medium. This isn't the first time they've done something like this.
In their latest letter, Google employees demand four things of the company:
1. That they cut greenhouse emissions to zero by 2030
2. That they break any business ties with companies that extract fossil fuels
3. That they eliminate funding for any think tanks, lobbyists, or politicians that deny or delay climate change
4. That they discontinue any collaboration Google has with any "entities enabling the incarceration, surveillance, displacement, or oppression of refugees or frontline communities"
But the fourth is different. Though the employees don't say this explicitly in their letter, these frontline communities are usually made up of black and brown people. While workers at tech behemoths like Amazon and Microsoft have called on their employers to reduce their carbon footprints, they haven't exactly linked climate change with racial inequity — until now. This is especially noteworthy given the lack of racial diversity in Silicon Valley.
Google employees are certainly taking the climate crisis seriously. Hopefully, their employer will follow suit.
Mashable has reached out to Google for comment and will update pending their response.