Gore visits Amazon to talk sustainability

Former Vice President Al Gore and Amazon’s Kara Hurst / Amazon

The world’s biggest retailer recently got a visit from the world’s most prominent promoter of environmental issues. Vice President Al Gore visited Amazon headquarters in Seattle to talk about the company’s push towards more sustainable practices.

Gore spoke to 1,600 Amazon employees at the company’s new corporate headquarters meeting center, across from the new biospheres the company is building in downtown Seattle, according to a story on Geekwire. He talked alongside Amazon’s director of worldwide sustainability, Kara Hurst, addressing subjects like climate change, demographic changes and the role people can play in addressing positive changes.

Hurst wrote a short blog post on the Gore visit, talking about the company’s sustainable efforts, like a Texas Wind Farm that will be Amazon’s largest renewable energy project, plus telling how the new meeting center has sustainable features like recycled heat, a green roof and other energy-saving features.

Gore’s visit to Amazon comes a decade after the release of Gore’s film about climate change, An Inconvenient Truth, which helped bring attention to the crisis of global warming. Gore has continued to champion green issues. He is currently the Chairman of Generation Investment Management.

“We are going to prevail, but we have to act quickly because Earth is our only home,” Gore said. “Fortunately, the will to act is in and of itself a renewable resource.”

Considering how much product Amazon moves every day, their push towards sustainability is pertinent as they help lead the charge. They even dedicate a page on the company website for sustainable issues.

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