Hey, Big Tech workers: This campaign wants you to tell your company to lobby for the climate

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Tech giants aren’t using their full political power to push for pro-climate policies. A new campaign hopes pressure from employees can change that. Out of the 115 lobbyists who work for Amazon, only one has focused on climate change in recent years, despite the fact that the company is working to become carbon neutral , and Jeff Bezos is pouring $10 billion into climate philanthropy . Read Full Story

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This online activism class will teach tech workers how to ‘remake their companies from below’

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Logic School will offer workers 12 weeks of education on how to build on the growing movement of activism inside tech companies. From the Google walkout protesting the company’s sexual harassment issues to the letter from Facebook employees of color detailing the micro (and macro) aggressions they say they’ve experienced at the company, tech workers have been trying to demand better from their employers. Some Amazon workers demanded that Jeff Bezos stop providing its Rekognition technology to law enforcement departments; others have asked the company to strengthen its climate policies. Now that these techniques have been proven to work, how else can tech workers organize to change their industry? As part of a new online school, tech workers will explore how else to organize creative protests. Read Full Story

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Inside the campaign to push PR firms to fire fossil fuel clients

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The “clean creatives” campaign is calling on creative agencies to drop fossil fuel clients. Five years ago, Christine Arena, then an executive vice president at the elite PR firm Edelman, left her job because she felt she could no longer support the agency’s work with fossil fuel companies and industry front groups. Five of her colleagues did the same thing . Now a new campaign called Clean Creatives is encouraging other creatives in advertising and public relations to take a stand on climate change and pressure their employers to do the same. Read Full Story

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Carbon offsetting can be a tool of environmental justice

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Companies can work to target their emissions reductions in areas that have borne the brunt of climate injustice. In the US and globally, marginalized communities are often the first to bear the brunt of both climate change and air pollution. Corporate decarbonization strategies must address this fact by making equity a core part of their work towards climate solutions. Read Full Story

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Amazon will invest $2 billion in climate tech

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Its new fund, called the Climate Pledge Fund, will invest in companies working on transportation and logistics, energy generation and storage, the circular economy, and agriculture. Nine months after Amazon announced that it planned to become carbon neutral by 2040 , the company is now launching a $2 billion internal venture capital fund to invest in technology to help it reach that goal. Read Full Story

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Big Tech says it cares about climate—but do its lobbyists?

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The tech sector continues to make bold pledges about emissions reductions. But when it spends money in Washington, it’s not asking the government to do the same. In 2021, we will have a real shot at enacting policy solutions to the biggest existential challenge of our time: climate change. The nascent Biden administration has designated climate as a top-tier policy priority . A strong bipartisan majority of the American public backs climate policy action now, according to the polls . A powerful community-based movement for environmental justice has brought climate concerns into alignment with the wider struggle for justice and equity. Climate’s moment is here, but where is the clout and influence of the avowedly pro-climate tech sector? Read Full Story

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How to inspire your team during a crisis without falling into toxic positivity

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The CEO of an agriculture tech company shares techniques for leaders and their teams to find genuine reasons for optimism. There’s no shortage of things to get us down these days, from a global health crisis to political and social instability to climate change-induced wildfires. As we prepare for a socially-distant winter, without the usual rituals and celebrations, spirits may dip and settle into a low mood. Read Full Story

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Companies that make bold climate pledges keep donating to politicians with dismal environmental records

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Does an aggressive corporate climate policy mean that much if the company doesn’t support those same policies through its political donations? Microsoft has pledged to become carbon negative by 2030 and remove all the carbon emissions it has ever produced as a company by 2050. But the company has given about 14% more in campaign contributions to political candidates who have a record of climate obstruction than to those with climate-friendly policies. Read Full Story

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How Biden’s new Civilian Climate Corps would work

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Biden wants to pay people to help fight climate change by putting them to work on conservation projects. In 1933, when millions of Americans were out of work because of the Great Depression, the newly created Civilian Conservation Corps—part of Franklin D. Roosevelt’s New Deal—hired a “tree army” of young men who eventually planted 3.5 billion trees (among other projects, such as building trails in national parks) across the country. Biden’s new Civilian Climate Corps has similar goals: Give people jobs and simultaneously tackle climate work such as reforestation and protecting biodiversity. Read Full Story

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