Tiffany & Co. Has An Unlikely Message For The Trump Administration

"The disaster of climate change is too real, and the threat to our planet and to our children is too great."

The current administration received an unlikely appeal this week when luxury jeweler Tiffany & Co. posted a short open letter to President Trump on Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook accounts, and took out an ad in the New York Times.

The high-end retailer, whose New York City flagship store is steps away from Trump Tower, is asking the president and his administration not to withdraw from the Paris Climate Agreementthe 2015 climate deal brokered between 195 nations intended to cut greenhouse gas emissions in an effort to keep global temperatures from rising to devastating levels and combat climate change.

"Dear President Trump, we're still in for bold climate action," the message set on a trademark Tiffany blue background reads. "Please keep the U.S. in the Paris Climate Agreement. The disaster of climate change is too real, and the threat to our planet and to our children is too great."



Though one could argue our president now has bigger fish to fry (such as AHCA, still to be considered in the Senate, and the ousting of FBI Director James Comey) Tiffany & Co. was likely reacting to the Commander in Chief's campaign promise to "cancel" US participation in the accord. 

CNN reports President Trump was planning to make a decision regarding the Paris Agreement before traveling to the G7 summit in Sicily later this month, but will now wait until after the gathering to determine if the United States will remain part of the pact.

"I think it's simply a sign that the President wants to continue to meet with his team," White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer told reporters earlier this week.

Tiffany & Co.'s plea, meanwhile, has been met with mixed responses. 

"Thank you for expressing this in respectful terms, rather than in the hateful terms we so often see lately when it comes to addressing politicians," one Facebook user wrote. 

"I hope that the president hears this, not just as the voice of Tiffany's, but as the voice of the people he is representing. Perhaps we will see positive change for our country and our world when it comes to climate issues."

Still, others were confused with Tiffany's decision to get political, and some even pointed out the hypocrisy in a prominent jeweler's choice to speak up for our planet when the gems and stones in Tiffany's products are mined straight from the Earth they're trying to protect. As one Facebook user put it, "Mining of any kind—gems, gold, silver—is catastrophic to the local environment and its people. Claiming 'conflict' free gemstones does not get you off the hook. This statement is nothing more than show." 

Science agrees. According to TheGreenerDiamond.org, "conflict-free" diamond mines in Canada are often built in environmentally fragile ecosystems, have significant ecological footprints, and will drastically impact upon the wildlife population. The organization also notes extreme toxic waste from gold mines contains as many as three dozen dangerous chemicals including; arsenic, lead, mercury, petroleum byproducts, acids, cyanide. This waste ends up in the water supply and soil, and can impact the food chain.

Anisa Kamadoli Costa, chief sustainability officer at Tiffany & Co. explained the motivation behind the controversial statement in an emailed statement to HuffPost. "As part of Tiffany & Co.'s commitment to sustainability, we support the global movement to act on climate change. Using our brand to advocate for this important issue – in addition to Tiffany's long-term goal of net zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050 – is one of the most important actions we can take," Costa wrote. "Tiffany has long recognized the importance of protecting our fragile planet for future generations, and our aspiration is to leave behind a world that is as beautiful and abundant as the one we inherited."

The Trump administration has yet to comment on Tiffany & Co.'s request.

Cover image via Shutterstock / Paul Hakimata Photography.

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