Extinction Rebellion targets Amazon warehouses in Black Friday blockade

Extinction Rebellion targets Amazon warehouses in Black Friday blockade
The climate activists are blockading sites across the country.

Amazon’s largest UK warehouse is being blockaded by climate activists targeting the global retail giant’s busiest day of the year.

Extinction Rebellion’s Black Friday demonstration, について 20 活動家, started at 4am at the distribution centre in Dunfermline Fife.

The group said it was also targeting アマゾン sites in Doncaster, ダーリントン, ニューカッスル, マンチェスター, Peterborough, ダービー コベントリー, Rugeley, Dartford, ブリストル, Tilbury and Milton Keynes.

We need a new system that respects people and the planet, instead of blindly chasing profit

Maciej Walczuk

抗議者 with “lock-ons” and placards have stopped lorries entering the Scottish site and some from leaving.

XR’s spokesperson at the Dunfermline blockade, メグ・パトン-ジョーンズ, 前記: “The police have one van on site and they are watching us.

「私たちは午前4時頃にここから出発しましたが、夜勤が出発できるように従業員の駐車場を塞いでいません。.

“We have good vibes and music.”

An activist from Extinction Rebellion, wearing a giant Jeff Bezos head, blocks the entrance to the Amazon centre in Tilbury, エセックス (イアンウェスト/ PA)

An XR spokesperson added: 「このアクションは、Amazonの搾取的で環境破壊的なビジネス慣行に注意を引くことを目的としています。, 会社の利益の名の下に労働者の権利を無視する, ブラックフライデーの無駄だけでなく.

“The blockade is part of an international action by XR targeting 15 Amazon fulfilment centres in the UK, 我ら, Germany and the Netherlands, aimed at highlighting Amazon’s ‘crimes’.

“This is happening in solidarity with activists and workers from the global Make Amazon Pay campaign, demanding better working conditions, clear environmental commitments, and for Amazon to pay their fair share of tax.

「アマゾンは、グリーンイニシアチブに取り組んでいることを国民に伝えながら、気候法と戦うように米国政府に働きかけ続けています。.

Activists block the entrance to the Amazon centre in Tilbury, エセックス (イアンウェスト/ PA)

“They are committing the very definition of greenwash.”

Protester Eleanor Harris, from Glasgow, 前記: “It is essential we move to a new model of economics that prioritises wellbeing and sustainability over profit.

“The era of exploitative throw-away capitalism will soon be over, either by changing to meet the challenges we now face or by the destruction of our global habitats and societies.”

Maciej Walczuk, a 19-year-old student, 前記: “We have to recognise that the consumption in the global north is largely based upon the exploitation of the working class and the global south, while companies like Amazon make massive profits and contribute to worsening the climate and ecological crisis.

“We need a new system that respects people and the planet, instead of blindly chasing profit.”

An Amazon spokesperson said: “At Amazon, we take our responsibilities very seriously.

“That includes our commitment to be net-zero carbon by 2040 – 10 years ahead of the Paris Agreement – providing excellent pay and benefits in a safe and modern work environment, and supporting the tens of thousands of British small businesses who sell on our store.

「私たちは、やるべきことが常にあることを知っています。, そして私たちは従業員に代わって発明と投資を続けます, 顧客, 英国の中小企業とコミュニティ.

“We’re proud to have invested £32 billion in the UK since 2010, 作成 10,000 new permanent jobs across the country this year alone, and generating a total UK tax contribution of £1.55 billion in 2020.”

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