350.org, the international campaign to end the age of fossil fuels, rejects Marriott’s so-called “Make a Green Choice” program.
350.org is among the many climate leaders – including Sierra Club, the Union of Concerned Scientists, and Labor Network for Sustainability – calling for Marriott to stop disguising job cuts as a sustainability program and instead take real action for the planet.
“350.org stands with all workers who have a right to make a realistic wage in safe conditions on a livable planet,” said Tamara Toles O’Laughlin, North America Director of 350.org. “‘Green Choice’ and other greenwashing programs prey on the fears of the public and miss opportunities for real solutions to the climate crisis. Rather than putting the onus on the individual and threatening the livelihoods of workers, Marriott should focus on its power to move forward sustainable practices. To start they should be looking at their properties, investments, and committing to divesting from fossil fuels. We need meaningful action to protect our climate and create a sustainable world that centers people.”
When asked to “Make a Green Choice” and skip housekeeping services for points, Marriott guests might think they’re making a choice to help the environment.
But the truth is, zero leading environmental studies recommend skipping housekeeping in the name of sustainability, and when a room goes days without cleaning, housekeepers report having to use more water and more chemicals to get the job done.
Plain and simple, Marriott’s “Green Choice” program hurts workers. When there are less rooms to clean, there’s less work for housekeepers – who lose the wages and benefits their families need. And a room that’s gone days without service is so much dirtier and harder to clean that housekeepers report pain and injury.
Job cuts disguised as a sustainability measure aren’t going to solve the challenge of climate change, and when companies engage in this kind of “greenwashing,” it undermines trust in proven environmental programs. Join 350.org and hotel housekeepers, and pledge to not use “Green Choice” when you stay at Marriott hotels. Hurting workers doesn’t help the environment. Together, let’s tell Marriott to create a REAL sustainability program.