THE MILESTONES COLLECTION
In light of Trump’s declaration to withdraw the United States from the Paris Agreement, the Milestones Collection aims to commemorate historic actions that the international community has taken in the past to bring awareness to the fact that there are still problems we can — and must — address together to preserve the world’s future.
THE ANNEX II TEE from the Milestones Collection features the flags of the twenty-four Annex II parties of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change. The group’s creation is significant because the included parties play a key role in the UNFCCC by providing financial resources and technology to developing countries aiming to reduce their contributions to climate change, exemplifying altruism and sacrifice, virtues that we need to combat global climate change.
THE VIENNA CONVENTION SHORTS honor the six largest chlorofluorocarbon (CFC) producing countries that took the first initiative to ratify the Vienna Convention for the Protection of the Ozone Layer and the Montreal Protocol. As the first convention to achieve ratification by every member of the United Nations, its creation is a milestone in the history of international cooperation, embodying the unity demanded by problems we face in the present.
THE PARIS AGREEMENT HOODIES honor an accord of the UNFCCC enacted in 2016 that targets global warming by setting goals to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. The flag patch featured on the back includes the first 150 parties to ratify the agreement - even the United States despite President Trump’s intentions to withdraw. Although there cannot be formal withdrawal until 2020, this piece serves as the anchor of the Milestones Collection by proving progress is not inevitable, highlighting the importance of an international effort to push for change.