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Dear Jeff,

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I am calling on you to deliver Prime services without pollution, and extend Amazon’s “customer obsession” to its customers’ health and the stability of the ecosystems on which we all depend.

You’ve read, and you likely agree, that climate change will be irreversible in the absence of immediate systemic changes. You’ve demonstrated, with your HQ2 auction, your considerable negotiating power. Thus, you understand how urgent–and how doable–it is to eliminate coal from among your data center power sources. You know you can’t keep relying on old-school diesel FedEx and UPS fleets to deliver five billion Prime packages a year–not when your shipping operations contribute an estimated 19.1 million metric tons of CO2 to the atmosphere each year. In these respects, both AWS and Amazon shipping epitomize short-term results devoid of long-term thinking.

I am challenging you to take ownership of the pollution from your operations by:

  1.  Being transparent about Amazon’s carbon footprint
  2.  Piloting electric vehicle delivery in Seattle and the other top fifteen most-polluted US cities by 2020
  3.  Committing to fossil-fuel-free operations by 2030
  4.  Giving first priority to Amazon’s existing workforce for new clean energy jobs and training to ensure a Just Transition

I am counting on you to make these changes immediately, in recognition of the fact that many communities are already experiencing climate disaster. Negative health impacts are being felt in your own backyard–in the neighborhoods of South Park and Georgetown–where diesel traffic moving between the port and trucking routes contributes to a life expectancy that is 13 years shorter than more affluent neighborhoods in North Seattle.

Like other consumers, I’m wising up to the fact that Amazon’s services directly threaten clean air, water, and a livable future. The search has begun for customer-centric companies that apply innovative thinking to things beyond mere short-term profit.

Thank you,