Fairtrade Fortnight February 24th – March 8th 2020.
We won’t be having a Fairtrade stall this year as we had been experiencing problems with the suppliers. However, a wonderful new shop ‘Sankara’ has opened in Belper selling Fairtrade goods sourced directly from India and Nepal. During Fairtrade Fortnight look out for the Fairtrade logo in our local shops (Oxfam and the Co-ops have lots) and make a special effort to choose items displaying that logo. You’ll be contributing towards paying someone somewhere a fair wage for their efforts!
From The Fairtrade Foundation Website
“Fairtrade is a simple way to make a difference to the lives of the people who grow the things we love. It does this by changing the way trade works through better prices, decent working conditions and a fair deal for farmers and workers in developing countries”
Across the parish all three churches are now fully committed to using only Fairtrade coffee, tea and sugar and raising the profile of Fairtrade issues as much as we can.
We are now almost a registered Fairtrade Parish, halleluia! Traidlinks shop in Wirksworth continues to supply us with ‘sale or return’ goods at least twice a year so we can have stalls in church or at local community events.
The Real Advent Calendar was popular this year, not only for the Fairtrade chocolate it contained but also for its emphasis on the real Christmas story!
As we as a parish explore what it means to be ‘Eco church’ we will be taking ethical issues much more seriously, Fairtrade is an integral part of this.
Could the next step be to have someone to speak about Fairtrade at a group you attend or run? We have come a long way but we can always do more!