Standing in front of Amazon’s Seattle Headquarters, the group streamed the event live on Twitter — featuring speakers for both groups advocating for their united cause. Some speakers vented their frustrations with the company’s policy to have workers return to the office for at least three days a week, telling stories about how the remote work kicked off by the COVID pandemic bought them precious hours at home with their family and saved them from hours of daily commute time. Another speaker married this idea to the company’s climate goals, highlighting how remote work allowed more families to become one-car households. This dovetails into some of the groups’ complaints that Amazon is failing to meet its own goals in its climate pledge of reaching zero emissions by 2040.
According to the Amazon Employees for Climate Justice Twitter page, more than 1900 Amazon employees pledged to participate in the walk out. Amazon did not immediately respond to a request for comment.