For Immediate Release:
Akomplice + Ride Snowboards – Save Ice
Akomplice continues to use its voice to issue the rallying cry of the global climate crisis. This time, they’re doing so in partnership with snowboarding powerhouse and former collaborators, Ride Snowboards. The collab consists of a snowboard bearing one of three Akomplice graphics as well as a small range of apparel that illustrates the climate crisis. The graphics paint a stark picture of the world’s monuments besieged by water from glacial melt, superstorms, and rising sea levels. The art piece depicting the snowboard encased in a block of ice serves as a metaphor for seeing the crisis clearly, but time to act melting away. There will be a live installation of the art piece, created by ice sculptor Thomas Barlow, exhibited in Aspen, CO. The piece will be left there to melt, to further make the collaborators’ point. Adorned on top of the board is a message that states the collection’s purpose succinctly:
THERE IS STILL TIME TO ACT. THE UNITED NATION’S MOST RECENT CLIMATE REPORT GIVES HUMANS UNTIL 2030 TO ADDRESS THE EARTH’S CLIMATE CRISIS. SCIENTISTS WARN THAT CLIMATE CHANGE IS AN IMMINENT THREAT TO THE SURVIVAL OF HUMANITY AND THE WORLD’S VITAL ECOSYSTEMS.
In addition to the message, Akomplice and Ride are taking additional action by offsetting the entire carbon impact of the apparel through carbon offsets. More than merely pointing out the problem, Akomplice offers the advice on how to take action: buy less, buy items made responsibly (such as organic and recycled cotton) and divest from banks that invest in fossil fuel operations. A portion of proceeds is being donated to the Indigenous tribe of Colombia, the Arhuacos, who are climate custodians.
Photos By Blake Peterson