Amazon touts Climate Pledge Arena, but what about its massive cargo shipping footprint?

The grand opening of Amazon’s Climate Pledge Arena in Seattle comes on the heels of a major climate commitment by the company to finally address its cargo shipping pollution. But that commitment has environmental advocates asking — why so little, so late?

Activists marched to Amazon’s Seattle headquarters in August 2021 to deliver a petition signed by 20,000 people calling on the company to switch to zero-emissions cargo ships by 2030. Photo credit: Stand.earth

The world simply doesn’t have 19 years to wait for massive polluting companies like Amazon to address major sources of pollution like their shipping footprints.

A cargo ship stacked with containers of consumer goods waits outside a port to be unloaded. Photo credit: Galen Crout via Unsplash

Hidden toll on the climate

We need companies like Amazon to leverage their considerable power to make fossil-free shipping a reality this decade — not 19 years from now.

Major corporations know ocean shipping is a consumer blind spot, and use it to their advantage.

Impacts to port communities

Activists including this 11-year-old marched to Amazon’s Seattle headquarters in August 2021 to deliver a petition signed by 20,000 people calling on the company to switch to zero-emissions cargo ships by 2030. Photo credit: Stand.earth

Our youth, our planet, and our port communities suffering the impacts of fossil-fueled ships just don’t have that long to wait.

Solutions to zero-emissions cargo shipping are out there. Let’s get Amazon to Ship It Zero by 2030. Because our climate and our communities can’t wait.

We challenge corporations and governments to treat people and the environment with respect, because our lives depend on it. www.stand.earth