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Ex-Facebook exec starts group to help employees push companies on climate
(Reuters, 25 Feb 2020) ClimateVoice will seek to organize and amplify climate activism among tech employees to push executives to lobby on behalf of legislative efforts around climate, says founder
By Dan Levine
SAN FRANCISCO, Feb 24 (Reuters) - Facebook's former sustainability chief has launched an organization to help employees at big companies press their bosses for more aggressive policies to fight climate change.
Hundreds of companies have committed to reducing emissions in their own operations to be in line with the 2015 Paris Agreement, in which governments aim to limit global warming to well below 2 degrees Celsius.
Beyond their own operations, however, many companies have refrained from advocating for broader solutions needed to avoid a global catastrophe, said Bill Weihl, who led sustainability efforts at Facebook and Google and will head the new organization, ClimateVoice.
Employees at tech companies have objected to selling cloud services to Big Oil, and companies are reticent to exert lobbying influence on behalf of specific legislation.
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