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Some Google employees are pressuring bosses not to work with fossil fuel industry

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Over 1,000 climate change activists inside Google have signed a letter demanding that Google “commit to and release a company-wide climate plan.”

The letter claims that “the global climate crisis” does “disproportionate harm to marginalized people” and is “an existential threat.” It contains four main demands:

  1. Zero emissions by 2030
  2. Zero contracts to enable or accelerate the extraction of fossil fuels
  3. Zero funding for climate-denying or -delaying think tanks, lobbyists, and politicians
  4. Zero collaboration with entities enabling the incarceration, surveillance, displacement, or oppression of refugees or frontline communities

The first three demands are similar to those made by employees at Amazon and Microsoft in previously published letters.

This letter pressuring Google to release a climate plan is the latest in a series of protests staged by employees inside the company this year.

In August, over 1,000 Google employees complained about the company’s contracts with Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) and Customs and Border Protection (CBP). At the time, these Google employees claimed: “By any interpretation, CBP and ICE are in grave violation of international human rights law,” reads the petition.”

And in July, leaked documents suggested that over 1,000 Google employees had previously pressured Google to block Breitbart News from its ad network. In these documents, one Google employee alleged that Breitbart News disseminates “extreme sexism” and encouraged other Google employees to sign a petition calling for Breitbart News to be removed from Google’s Adsense ad network.

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